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Uncertainty Looms for Foxborough Officials as Sequester Deadline Nears

The sequester would automatically go into effect Friday, March 1 unless Congress takes action to stop it.

With uncertainty as to whether $85 billion in federal sequestration spending cuts will be stopped by Congress before Friday, it is unclear what impact it may have on Foxborough.

Without action from Congress, the sequester would go into effect automatically on March 1, reducing spending by the state in a number of areas, including education, the environment, health, military and law enforcement, the White House said.

The White House recently released a statement outlining the impacts the sequester would have state-by-state, including Massachusetts.

Foxborough Town Administrator Kevin Paicos told Foxborough Patch he is unaware of any impacts the sequester may have on the town's budget.

Paicos did say, however, that federal grants for Foxborough schools could be affected.

However, that impact is also unknown at this time, according to Foxborough Public Schools Superintendent Debbie Spinelli.

According to the Obama administration, Massachusetts would lose $13.9 million in education funding and another $13.9 million in cuts to education for students with disabilities and 190 teachers' jobs could also be "at risk" in the state.

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