Surviving the Sequester
Washington's budget deal throws a badly needed lifeline to local social service groups.
When Congress couldn't reach a budget deal at the end of 2011, it triggered an automatic 5.1 percent across-the-board spending cut. Local governments worked hard to blunt the impact of "sequestration" on human services programs, but despaired at the additional cuts scheduled for future years. Then, just as they braced for even more painful reductions, December's