Roughly 85-billion dollars in federal spending cuts have started taking effect in a so-called sequester. There are some in Congress that say it will actually raise the deficit by tens of billions of dollars. Locally, Riverbend Head Start Executive Director Chuck Parr says the impact will be greater than originally thought.
The cuts will include closing a building in Venice, That means of the 68 children served, 34 will not return in te fall, if funding is not restored. There will also be a couple of children dropped from the program in Alton under the current plan.