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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton urges delegation to avoid sequestration

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (Submitted Photo)

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is calling on Arizona’s congressional delegation to work in a bipartisan fashion with other members of Congress to avoid the impending federal budget cuts known as sequestration.

Stanton says in a letter to the delegation that sequestration would have crushing fiscal effects on the Phoenix area.

He says thousands of high-wage jobs in the defense industry would be at risk and that education and health care programs would see major funding cuts

He says those cuts could cost thousands of additional jobs and reduce important services.

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