The sequester calls for about $1.2 trillion in cuts across the nation over the next nine years. A report in this week's Business First shows how everything from education to environmental regulation to health care will be affected. There's an expected furlough of about 12,000 civilian Department of Defense employees, which will affect the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.
Other cuts include:
• Meals on Wheels for WNY stands to lose $107,000 of its $6 million budget. The the sequester could cut 36,000 meals.
• The director of the U.S. Small Business Administration's local arm said staffing levels won't change but lending could be affected.
• Federal research spending is expected to be cut by 8 percent, a significant number for entities such as Roswell Park Cancer Institute
In other news, KegWorks has a new retail store at 1460 Military Road in Kenmore. Company officials say demand for products drove them to open their first retail site. They hope the Kenmore store is the first of many.
Yancey's Fancy is also expanding. Yancey's makes more than nine million pounds of cheese annually. An expansion in Pemborke would triple the space and bring that number bring that to 15 million. Work could start later this year and be complete in 2014.
You can read more in this week's Business First.