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Arizona's Brewer, other governors to meet with Obama

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PHOENIX -- Gov. Jan Brewer has been in Washington for the winter meeting of the National Governors Association and Monday morning the group will gather at the White House.

The meeting comes just days before the sequester automatically cuts $85 billion of federal spending. Matt Benson with the Governor's Office said he believes the sequester will be the focus of the meeting.

"The sequester looks like it will become reality and the state is taking as many actions as we can to prepare for that but there's a lot of uncertainty," Benson said.

The cuts. according to the White House. would have a major impact on the state's defense industry and education. Arizona would $17.7 million in funding for K-12 schools. The lost funding could result in about 240 teaching and aide jobs being put at risk.

Additionally, Arizona would lose about $10 million for 120 teachers and staff who help children with disabilities.

Head Start services would be eliminated for about 1,000 children in Arizona.

About 2,300 fewer low-income students in Arizona would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 330 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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