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Area Families Brace for Possible Spending Cuts

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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are no closer to a deal to stop massive spending cuts set to take effect next Friday.

And here in northern Nevada, some local families are bracing for the possible impacts.

The big problem for federally funded groups, like Head Start -- a child development program -- is we are a week away from possible cuts and no one knows if the cuts will for sure happen and if they do, how bad they will be.

The most talked about scenario for head start is a 5% cut nationwide.

For the program at the University of Nevada, that would mean cutting families in need.

"Seventeen kids next year...that would also mean four teachers and half of the teachers are sole support for their families so there a significant trickle down effect and we really don't even know what that impact will be," says Jane Hogue.

Right now, Head Start's funding at the university goes through July.

They say if cuts are announced, they would be given 30 days notice to come up with a plan to deal with them.

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