State set to lose millions if sequestration takes effect

OLYMPIA -- Washington state is set to lose millions of dollars in federal aid unless Congress acts by March 1 to avoid a series of automatic spending cuts.

According to a document released by the White House Sunday, cuts to state schools, work-study jobs, law enforcement and other program would be just part of the more than $85 billion in national cuts, called the sequester.

The White House said Republican Congressman refusing to close tax loopholes will bring on the budget cuts. The automatic cuts stem from the federal government's failure to lower the federal budget deficit back in 2011.

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Examples of cuts in Washington state if sequestration takes effect, according to the White House: