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Sequestration deadline looms; Lowcountry prepares for cuts

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By Ava Wilhite
awilhite@abcnews4.com

Charleston, S.C. (WCIV) — Sequestration may sound like the buzz word of the moment but to Trident Tech students like Gloria Rivers, the threat of a sequester means her education opportunities are in jeopardy. 

"If I mess around and talk how I really want to talk, y'all might have to bleep out some stuff," said Rivers.

Rivers said she relies on financial aid to pay her way through school.

The White House said if a sequester occurs, South Carolina will lose $12.5 million for primary and secondary education.

"I wanted to become full time. I might not even consider going full time because they may not pay for it," said Rivers.  

For those who already have jobs, it's the lack of information about cuts that's a hard pill to swallow. 

"It's the not knowing and absolutely there is concern about furloughs and let-gos. There's already companies that are posturing themselves for getting ready for sequestration and have already done lay offs," said Roy Maines who works for a government contracted employer. 

Beth Waugh sits on the board of directors for the Charleston Defense Contractor's Association. She agrees it's impossible to prepare for the cuts. Waugh said there are 250 local government defense agencies in the Charleston metro. 

"We're already feeling the effects because we've seen the government pull back already. They're not awarding things that they would have awarded previously, so that's work that is already not coming through, that some of us anticipated would come through. So, that's hard on everybody," said Waugh.

Waugh said even if the sequestration was averted now, there is still the issue of Congress not passing a budget. She said until the budget shortfall is solved these financial problems will continue.

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