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Federal money for schools teeters on Fiscal Cliff

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - While we watch to see if the country goes over the fiscal cliff, tax payers may not be the only victims our children could suffer too.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - While we watch to see if the country goes over the fiscal cliff, tax payers may not be the only victims our children could suffer too.

Ask anyone about the fiscal cliff, and you'll get a mixture of frustration.

Brandon Strigham said, "I just know, chances are my taxes are going up and I don't like that."

Jacosta told ABC4 News, "We can't trust the Politicians to get stuff done anymore."

People are frustrated, some worried, others mad; but it isn't just a problem for the tax payer, if we go off the fiscal cliff our children could pay.

Camille Haroldsen said, "That's huge! I'm a school teacher, that's the scariest part."

If we go off the cliff federal funding for public schools would be cut by 8.2 percent, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Ten large Utah school districts receive from 8 to 20 percent of their budgets from Washington DC, so if the Federal Budget is cut Utah Education Officials predict that would cut 25 million from Utah schools in 2013-14.

Something Utahns don't want to see our children have to deal with.

Jacosta said, "There is no greater resource, not in our banks, in our military, in our gold, than our children. It's in our future generations and we are forsaking them and that will have untold precedence."



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