Register | Forgot Your Password? | Close

PHOENIX -- The White House said Arizona's defense industry and education system will take about $80 million in cuts but Jim Rounds with Elliott D. Pollack and Company said Arizona can take that hit.

At least 10,000 civilian Department of Defense workers will be furloughed. More than 300 teachers could lose their jobs.

"We're going to add 60,000 to 70,000 new jobs this year in Arizona so if we lose 10,000 to 15,000 from sequestration we're still going to have decent growth," Rounds said.

Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said he has little doubt that the sequestration will take effect Friday because "Senate Democrats and the White House have been unwilling dance partners.

"We got out of the fiscal cliff by simply punting on spending cuts and we can't continue to do that."

Flake said federal spending must be cut but this is a clumsy way to do it.

Jim Cross, Reporter

share this story:
Attention Comment Users: We have recently changed our comments boards.
We would like you to be part of the conversation and The Voice of Arizona by logging in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing KTAR (Arizona Sports) account members will need to create a Disqus account or use one of the aforementioned social media logins. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus

World Class Arizona

  • Dignity Health

    World Class People. World Class Company. Excellent care, delivered with compassion, for all in need.
  • Family in Focus

    KTAR spends the week taking a look at the issues a modern Arizona family faces.