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March 1, 2013

Sequestration will not cause the sky to fall in Stephens County



Fair said he believes there should have been strategic, surgical cuts in government, something that Johnson said could still transpire in the next few weeks. He said the legislation might plan on making modifications that would lessen the cuts in some agencies and increase the cuts in others before there is much impact.
“I do wish that Congress could have come to an agreement without being forced into sequestration,” Johnson said. “In my view, it is a disproportional cut.”
City Manager Jim Frieda said the area that he is worried about most is national security. 
“Our military readiness is going to be directly affected,” he said. “Locally, what I think we are looking at is some impact that it will have on the training at Fort Sill.”
Frieda served three tours at Fort Sill during his military career. He said he is concerned not only with the personnel cuts this will cause but also the training that is provided.
Lyle Roggow, President of the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation, said he does not expect any immediate impact on the Stephens County Community.
“The sequestration impacts everyone but some communities will not be as severe,” he said.
Roggow predicted that communities such as Lawton, Midwest City, Altus and Enid would see more impact from the budget cuts because of the concentration of military and federal entities in those communities.
“Depending on where you are, three percent could be a huge blow in that local community,” he said.
Johnson said that Oklahoma is preparing to find ways to deal with the budget cuts dependent on any modifications that are made but feels that regardless, Oklahoma is better prepared than other states for the cuts.
“We are much better prepared for these impending cuts than other states in the union,” he said. “Our economy is on the rise. Our jobs are on the rise.”
Fair also believes there will be no immediate impact in Stephens County or other areas. He said it will most likely be 30 to 60 days before anyone sees the effects.

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