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UMass poll reveals how MA was affected by sequester

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UMass's Donahue Institute put out a poll Wednesday that claims Massachusetts is getting hit harder than some other states by sequester cuts.

The study says the state took a $1.3 billion funding hit for this fiscal year.

That number could be higher in coming years if the automatic spending cuts continue.

UMass says this study is a first in the nation to look at the short-term impact the cuts have had on a state level.

It pinpoints cuts in areas like defense funding to have significantly hit the state's economy because of businesses that rely on military contracts.

"They did their best to try to minimize the impact as individual departments. Nonetheless it cost the state of Massachusetts about the equivalent of 14,000 jobs," said Karl Patrick, associate professor of economics at Western New England University. 

According to UMass, science and technology were growing steadily but have slowed down.

Daniel Hodge, who ran the study, says these numbers show why.

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