Impact Of Sequester On North Carolinians

1:22 AM, Feb 25, 2013   |    comments
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The White House just released state-by-state reports of the impact the sequester would have, if there is no compromise by March 1.

Here's the North Carolina breakdown.  If sequestration were to take effect, some examples of the impacts on North Carolina this year alone are:

  • Teachers and Schools: North Carolina will lose approximately $25.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 350 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 38,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 80 fewer schools would receive funding.
  • Education for Children with Disabilities: In addition, North Carolina will lose approximately $16.8 million in funds for about 200 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
  • Work-Study Jobs: Around 1,150 fewer low income students in North Carolina would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 890 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 1,500 children in North Carolina, reducing access to critical early education.
  • Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: North Carolina would lose about $3,606,000 in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, North Carolina could lose another $1,265,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
  • Military Readiness: In North Carolina, approximately 22,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $117.5 million in total. Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $136 million in North Carolina. Air Force: Funding for Air Force operations in North Carolina would be cut by about $5 million. o Navy: Cancel aircraft depot maintenance in Cherry Point, NC.
  • Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: North Carolina will lose about $401,000 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 to Help those in North Carolina find Employment and Training: North Carolina will lose about $83,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 15,110 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment.
  • Child Care: Up to 1,300 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 North Carolina around 3,550 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 $243,000.
  • Public Health: North Carolina will lose approximately $911,000 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, North Carolina will lose about $1,980,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 3700 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services will lose about $341,000 resulting in around 8,500 fewer HIV tests.
  • STOP Violence Against Women Program: North Carolina could lose up to $205,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 800 fewer victims being served.
  • Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: North Carolina would lose approximately $1,543,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.

Source: The White House

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