Monday, February 25, 2013

State lists of budget cuts released; call set at 2:30

In an effort that increasingly seems futile, President Obama is trying to head off Friday's "sequester" budget cuts by focusing on areas that would be affected. Today the White House issued a state-by-sate list, and at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time, "senior administration officials will hold an on-the-record conference call for regional reporters to discuss the devastating impact that the sequester will have on jobs and middle-class families across the country," as a White House release put it. For a story from The Washington Post on the move, click here.

The release didn't say if reporters will be allowed to ask questions (yes, sometimes "teleconference" briefings don't allow that), or if so, how much time will be allowed (usually not much), but if you want a chance to pose a question to Jason Furman Deputy, principal deputy director of the National Economic Council, this is it. Press Secretary for the Economy Amy Brundage will also be on the call.

The call-in number is 800-230-1074; ask to join the “White House call.” No passcode is necessary. Here are links to the state releases: Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming

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