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Updated Feb 25, 2013 - 10:49 am

Economist: Sequester won't put Arizona into recession

PHOENIX -- The White House said Arizona's defense industry and education system will take about $80 million in cuts but Jim Rounds with Elliott D. Pollack and Company said Arizona can take that hit.

At least 10,000 civilian Department of Defense workers will be furloughed. More than 300 teachers could lose their jobs.

"We're going to add 60,000 to 70,000 new jobs this year in Arizona so if we lose 10,000 to 15,000 from sequestration we're still going to have decent growth," Rounds said.

Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said he has little doubt that the sequestration will take effect Friday because "Senate Democrats and the White House have been unwilling dance partners.

"We got out of the fiscal cliff by simply punting on spending cuts and we can't continue to do that."

Flake said federal spending must be cut but this is a clumsy way to do it.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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