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D.C. Update As Sequestration Looms

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Don Marsh called upon theSt. Louis Beacon’s Washington Correspondent Rob Koenig for an update on the pending sequestration.  Koenig reported that at the moment, it appears that the sequestration will kick in on Friday forcing automatic spending cuts of $85 billion.  There may be a vote in the Senate on measures to close tax loopholes and to invoke what is being called the “Buffet Rule” establishing a minimum tax on millionaires.  But Koenig reported that Senator Roy Blunt predicts that it is a non-starter and a scheduled meeting of President Obama and Congressional leaders on Friday is “just for show.”

If sequestration takes effect, Federal civilian employees will be subjected to a furlough one day a week.  However, the government is required by law to give a one month notice, so April 4 is the first time that the furlough would actually take effect.  There are 4,000 civilian employees at Scott Air Force Base who would be furloughed. 

During “St. Louis on the Air,” Koenig discussed other local ramifications of the sequestration including the effect on Lambert St. Louis International airport, educational programs and other programs involving federal contracts.

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Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years. From 1988-2014 she also taught an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University. Mary was inducted into the St. Louis Media History Foundation Media Hall of Fame in April, 2017 and received the Gateway Media Literacy Partners' Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award in 2012. Mary retired from St. Louis Public Radio in 2018, but still serves the station as a St. Louis Symphony Producer.
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Don Marsh served as host of St. Louis Public Radio’s “St. Louis on the Air" from 2005 to 2019, bringing discussions of significant topics to listeners' ears at noon Monday through Friday. Don has been an active journalist for 58 years in print, radio and television. He has won 12 Regional Emmy Awards for writing, reporting, and producing. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame in 2013, and named “Media Person of the Year” by the St. Louis Press Club in 2015. He has published three books: his most recent, “Coming of Age, Liver Spots and All: A Humorous Look at the Wonders of Getting Old,” “Flash Frames: Journey of a Journeyman Journalist” and “How to be Rude (Politely).” He holds an honorary Doctor of Arts and Letters degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
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