Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sequestration to Have Broad Impacts

As the final days get down to the sequestration deadline of March 1 and the (budget) Continuing Resolution (CR) extension until March 27, the White House released new documents over the weekend depicting the state-by-state impacts of defense and domestic cuts stemming from sequestration.

The GOP has questioned the administration's methodology. The immediacy of some impacts is also questioned, as occurring over the last seven months of the federal fiscal calendar in 2013, ending Sept.  30.

Some observers expect a renewal of CRs through the 2013 budget year and the eventual end of sequestration as applying only to the 2013 budget.


Teachers and schools
Washington will lose approximately $11,606,000 in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 160 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 11,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 50 fewer schools would receive funding. In addition, Washington will lose approximately $11,251,000 in funds for about 140 teachers, aides and staff who help children with disabilities.

Work-study jobs
Around 440 fewer low income students in Washington would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 180 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.

Head Start
Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 1,000 children in Washington, reducing access to critical early education.

Funding for clean air and water
Washington would lose about $3,301,000 in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Washington could lose another $924,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

In Washington, approximately 29,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $173.4 million in total. Implementation is expected beginning in April.

  • Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $124 million.
  • Air Force: Funding for Air Force operations would be cut by about $3 million.
  • Navy: Cancel aircraft depot maintenance at Whidbey Island and a demolition project in Bremerton.
Funds for law enforcement and public safety
The State will lose about $271,000 in Justice Assistance Grants that support law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives. 

Job-search assistance
The State will lose about $661,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 24,510 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment. 

Child care
Up to 800 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job. 

Vaccines for children
In Washington State, around 2,850 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B due to reduced funding for vaccinations of about $195,000. 

Public health
Washington State will lose approximately $642,000 in funds to help upgrade its ability to respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. In addition, Washington State will lose about $1,740,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 3800 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the Washington State Department of Health will lose about $174,000 resulting in around 4,300 fewer HIV tests. 

STOP Violence Against Women Program
The State could lose up to $143,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 500 fewer victims being served. 

Nutrition assistance for seniors
Washington State would lose approximately $1,053,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors. 

Virginia would be hurt the most with 90,000 employees expected to lose up to 22 days of work. Second on the list is California, where 64,000 DOD civilians are slated to be furloughed. The remaining states in the top 10 include Texas, Maryland, Georgia, Florida, Washington, Alabama, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
SOURCES: Association of Defense Communities. The White House. The Washington Post. Published Feb. 24, 2013. Updated Feb. 25, 2013.

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