Congressman Nolan Talks Sequestration and 148th Fighter Wing

By KBJR News 1

March 3, 2013 Updated Mar 3, 2013 at 10:23 AM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The cuts known as sequestration are scheduled to kick in and although the effects are expected to be gradual, the Northland will be no stranger those effects.

Congressman Rick Nolan (D-8) was in Duluth today to talk about the effects the cuts could have on the 148th Fighter Wing.

"The sequestration in my opinion is just not a smart way to go about budgeting," said the Congressmen.

Congressmen Rick Nolan came to Duluth on Saturday to visit the 148th fighter wing, which will suffer from the massive budget cuts facing the nation.

Nolan voted against the adjournment on Thursday which allowed sequestration to go through.

"Sequester is just an across the board cutting of anything and everything, and that's no way of going about budgeting. You gotta go at with a laser, you gotta go at it with a scalpel, and this is the kind of operations that we need to continue supporting," said Nolan.

Sequestration would not only have an impact on the wing its self but also the community.

"This is an incredibly valuable asset to the community. It's the ninth largest employer and it provides a lot of important services," he said.

Some of those services include the annual air show and supplemental fire services.

However, according to the Lieutenant Governor, the state of Minnesota will be significantly less affected by the federal budget cuts than other states.

"That's another issue because it certainly will affect Minnesota, even though we are not as dependent on federal dollars as some other states are. I think we are 49th in receiving federal dollars. So it will affect us less than many other states," said Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon.

While the affects of the budget cuts remains uncertain, Duluth's 148th fighter wing will continue to strive to be the best in the nation.

The next looming deadline Congress is facing on March 27th, the day in which the funding for the federal government is set to expire.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
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