How Will the Sequester Affect California?

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The sequester -- the $85 billion in spending cuts that Congress and President Obama delayed at the start of the year -- is set to take effect on March 1. The cuts are split between defense and domestic programs, and will slice into Medicare, work assistance, police departments and many other government programs. We talk to experts about the sequester's effects -- both nationally and here in California.


David Leonhardt, Washington D.C. bureau chief for The New York Times and author of "Here's the Deal: How Washington Can Solve the Deficit and Spur Growth"

Stephen Levy, director of the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy

Frank Gaffney, president and CEO of the Center for Security Policy and former assistant secretary of defense for international security policy in the Reagan administration

Lenore Anderson, director of Californians for Safety and Justice

Gary Falle, associate vice president for federal governmental relations at the University of California