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Phoenix Mayor Stanton urges avoiding sequestration

PHOENIX -- Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is calling on Arizona's congressional delegation to work in a bipartisan fashion with other members of Congress to avoid the impending federal budget cuts known as sequestration.

Stanton said in a letter to the delegation that sequestration would have crushing fiscal effects on the Phoenix area.

He said thousands of high-wage jobs in the defense industry would be at risk and that education and health care programs would see major funding cuts

He said those cuts could cost thousands of additional jobs and reduce important services.

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