Sequestration Update: Where We Stand

“They just let the problem go on and on and on and on,” says WHNT News 19 Political Analyst Jess Brown.

Sounds like a typical day in Washington DC.

We’re plowing headfirst into the sequester, a series of cuts handed down from the federal government.

We’re already seeing delays in major airports from furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration.

Brown says cuts that impact air travel do carry leverage beyond the airports they impact – because it’s typically business people feeling it most, “The subset of the electorate that’s being inconvenienced is not Joe Average.  These are people that certainly know and the businesses they work for certainly know how to get in touch with their congressman and their senator and say, ‘Fix it.'”

Though that certainly hasn’t persuaded Washington yet.

There’s no serious movement to suggest the sequester will get turned around in the immediate future.

We’ll perhaps get a more clear picture of how this hits the Valley in late summer when budgets feel the squeeze.

Brown adds, “They’re going to have a better idea of how much money they have to squeeze out of the budget between July and the next fiscal year in October.”

The government gives departments until the end of the fiscal year in September to have their budgets in order.