How automatic federal budget cuts may impact Ohio
Written by The Associated Press   
Monday, 25 February 2013 07:14

Ohio's schools and defense industry stand to be among the state's biggest losers in automatic cuts to the federal budget set to take hold this week, according to the a report from the White House as it seeks to avoid the impending economic fallout.

The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers reflect the impact of the cuts this year. Unless Congress acts by Friday, $85 billion in cuts are set to take effect from March to September.

As to whether states could move money around to cover shortfalls, the White House said that depends on state budget structures and the specific programs.

According to the White House, Ohio would lose:

EDUCATION:

— About $25.1 million in primary and secondary education funding, putting around 350 teacher and aide jobs at risk.

— About $22 million for 270 teachers, aides and staff who help children with disabilities.

— About 2,500 children would lose Head Start and Early Head Start early education services.

DEFENSE:

— About 26,000 civilian defense department employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $161.4 million in total.

— Army base operation funding would be cut by about $1.9 million.

— Funding for Air Force operations would be cut by about $3 million.

ENVIRONMENT:

— About $6,865,000 in funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste.

— About $981,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

SENIORS:

— About $820,000 would be cut for nutrition programs that pay for meals for seniors.

LAW ENFORCEMENT:

— About $455,000 in grants for law enforcement, prosecution, courts and other crime-related programs.

HEALTH:

— About $344,000 in funding for vaccinations, leaving around 5,040 children without vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B.

— About $1.1 million to respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events.

— About $3.3 million to place about 4,200 people in substance abuse programs.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

 

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