Hassan Says N.H. Needs To Prepare For Cuts

Feb 25, 2013

Governor Maggie Hassan says the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester “may very well happen.”

Speaking from Washington, where she is attending a meeting of the national Governor’s association, Hassan told reporters that the across the board federal spending cuts would cost New Hampshire six thousand jobs, including those of teachers and day care workers.

"So the impact of the sequester is real; it may also mean that out national guard needs to start furloughing out national guardsmen and women just at a time when we are deploying a new unit to Afghanistan."

Before the press call, Hassan was in meetings at the White House with other governors. Hassan praised President Obama's approach to the averting the automatic cuts as "balanced," and said she hopes the public will pressure Congress to reach agreement with the President.