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White House releases numbers on how sequester could hurt Arizona

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With the pending sequester, or mandatory budget cuts slated to go into effect on March 1 if Congress doesn't act, the White House went to the public Monday, announcing what the cuts would mean to each state, including Arizona.

According to the White House document, the sequester's impact to Arizona will include:

  • Teachers and Schools: Arizona will lose approximately $17.7 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 240 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 19,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 70 fewer schools would receive funding.
  • Education for Children with Disabilities: In addition, Arizona will lose approximately $10 million in funds for about 120 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
  • Work-Study Jobs: Around 2,310 fewer low income students in Arizona would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 330 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 Arizona, reducing access to critical early education. 
  • Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: Arizona would lose about $2.1 million in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Arizona could lose another $1.1 million in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
  • Military Readiness: In Arizona, approximately 10,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $52.5 million in total.
  • Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $43 million in Arizona.
  • Air Force: Funding for Air Force operations in Arizona would be cut by about $6 million.
  • Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: Arizona will lose about $298,000 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 Arizona find Employment and Training: Arizona will lose about $781,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 26,360 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment.
  • Child Care: Up to 500 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 Arizona around 2,570 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 $176,000.
  • Public Health: Arizona will lose approximately $611,000 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, Arizona will lose about $1.9 million in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 4,500 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the Arizona State Department of Health Services will lose about $186,000 resulting in around 4,600 fewer HIV tests.
  • STOP Violence Against Women Program: Arizona could lose up to $132,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 500 fewer victims being served.
  • Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: Arizona would lose over $1 million in funds that provide meals for seniors.

See more on the White House predictions at http://1.usa.gov/XzJSSd 

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