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Tampa Bay braces for impact of sequestration

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Each weekday more than three-thousand children take part in Hillsborough County's Head Start program.

But like many government agencies it's been bracing for cuts from the sequester.

Louis Finney, the director of Hillsborough County's Head Start program says, "what we have been doing for the past 45 days is we have been preparing by saving on some of our expenditures that we may have to do long term, some of our plans we have adjusted to make sure there is no interruption in children services in the worst case scenario."

If the cuts are long term about ten-percent or three-hundred students would have to be cut from the program..

Finney added, "300 might be a small number, but one parent not getting that service is a huge issue for that one parent. so our commitment is to make sure we made the preparation to make sure that we continue all of our services for our children."

Children aren't the only ones who'd be touched by a sequestration in Washington.

Another area where the sequester could have an immediate and direct impact is the nations airports, including Tampa International airport.

Air travelers could face longer lines at security checkpoints, or flight delays if the sequestration cuts go through.

Frequent air traveler Chris Finch says, "if they can keep security at the same height it has been at with these cuts I am fine with it, but if it is going to dig into T-S-A security, possible delays because of air traffic controllers being missed, I think it will be a real concern and hopefully they can figure out ways to get around it."

But another traveler thinks the sequester is all about nothing.

Julie Birmingham who heading back to Washington, D.C. says, "even if sequestration happens I believe they will fix it in short order and everything will go back to normal."

Today, Florida Governor Rick Scott sent a letter to thePresident outlining the impact sequestration cuts would have on our state.

"If your administration fails to do its job to responsibly manage the budget,thousands of Floridians will lose their jobs under sequestration," Scott said. "Our immediate concerns include dramatic reductions to our National Guard, which threatens our ability to respond to wildfires this spring and hurricanes this summer," he said.

Still those who run government agencies like "Head Start" are waiting to see how a sequestration in Washington will affect them back home.

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