Budget talks loom over programs

Schools, wildlife preserves, federal farm offices and even homes are areas where Jackson County residents can expect to see the effects of federal budget cuts if triggered Friday.

The cuts will kick in automatically, threatening federal money for some teachers and aides in public schools, programs at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge and other programs financed at least in part with federal tax dollars, including meal sites for seniors, if Congress and President Barack Obama fail to reach a deal.

Local education officials are waiting to find out when and how federal spending cuts will affect their schools.

The biggest threat is to Title I services, special education, the Head Start preschool program and federal child care vouchers, officials said.

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