Sequestration will affect county, state governments

Published: 7:00 PM EST Feb 27, 2013   Updated: 6:45 PM EST Feb 28, 2013

Local governments are getting ready to deal with the sequester.

One of those governments is Montgomery County's.

The chairman of the county's board of commissioners, Josh Shapiro, is talking about what the cuts will do to the county.

They'll affect lots of areas including education, public health and safety and seniors including programs like Meals on Wheels.

"Two-hundred fifty thousand meals, I should say, were delivered to homes in Montgomery County, through the Meals on Wheels program. If the sequester goes into effect, we will lose 1,500 meals to families in Montgomery County and be forced to put 30 people on a waiting list," said Shapiro.

Shapiro says Montgomery County would also lose $1.5 million in funding for primary and secondary education.

Pennsylvania would lose $26 million.

He says Washington must cut spending but the sequester is not the way to do it.