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Monday, February 25, 2013

Steep Federal Spending Cuts Will Have Serious Impacts on Pennsylvania

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Steep Federal Spending Cuts Will Have Serious Impacts on Pennsylvania

The cuts are set to take effect THIS FRIDAY, March 1
Unless Congress acts before March 1, federal spending cuts will take effect that will threaten middle class families and jobs and cut critical services for children, seniors and people with mental illness, as well as education and public safety programs.
On February 24, President Barack Obama released the state-by-state impact of sequestration cuts. He has also introduced a plan to avert the devastating effects of the cuts and reduce the federal deficit by more than $4 trillion in total. His plan includes closing tax loopholes for the wealthy.
Projected Deficits as a Share of GDP
As the President and Congress continue to work on a compromise, Pennsylvania will be hard hit THIS YEAR by spending cuts if sequestration takes effect, including the following:
  • Teachers and Schools: Pennsylvania will lose approximately $26.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 360 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 29,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 90 fewer schools would receive funding.
     
  • Education for Children with Disabilities: In addition, Pennsylvania will lose approximately $21.4 million in funds for about 260 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
     
  • Work-Study Jobs: Around 3,160 fewer low income students in Pennsylvania would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 2,290 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 2,300 children in Pennsylvania, reducing access to critical early education.
     
  • Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: Pennsylvania would lose about $5,705,000 in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Pennsylvania could lose another $1,448,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
     
  • Military Readiness: In Pennsylvania, approximately 26,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $150.1 million in total.
    • Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $7 million in Pennsylvania.
       
  • Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: Pennsylvania will lose about $509,000 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 Pennsylvania find Employment and Training:  Pennsylvania will lose about $866,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 36,860 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment.
     
  • Child Care: Up to 1,800 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 Pennsylvania around 5,280 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 $361,000.
     
  • Public Health: Pennsylvania will lose approximately $1,213,000 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, Pennsylvania will lose about $2,930,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 3,500 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And Pennsylvania’s health departments will lose about $639,000 resulting in around16,000 fewer HIV tests.
     
  • STOP Violence Against Women Program: Pennsylvania could lose up to $271,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 1,000 fewer victims being served.
     
  • Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: Pennsylvania would lose approximately $849,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.
For the full White House report on sequester cuts and the impact on Pennsylvania and the entire nation, click here.

15 comments :

Anonymous said...

In all of this BS there is no mention of cuts to Foreign AID. Why dont we start taking care of ours and quit supporting those that are clearly taking advantage of us.This is so frustrating.

Anonymous said...

And just think, this is only 1 state.

Anonymous said...

So if the democrats don't raise taxes the world will end! This guy is nothing more than a political hack looking out for welfare in philly! Just remember this hole thing was put in place by the democrats and signed into law by Obummer!

Anonymous said...

Nothing but BS. People don't realize that there are NO CUTS. It is a reduction of increases. But yet Mr Obamageddon is running around telling everyone the sky is falling.

Anonymous said...

these aren't reductions in increases. no increases were budgeted anywhere near the amounts of the cuts. you won't notice them for a while, but eventually you will. the GOP will stonewall and the dems will try to target the cuts to make them appear worse. but there is lot at stake here, and neither party is being responsible in dealing with the problem. 800,000 DOD civilians will be let go by the end of the fiscal year. and you think that's just a decrease in the increase? get your head out of the sand. it's all politics, but it's a dirty business, and a lot of ordinary people are going to be hurt.

Anonymous said...

Why not wipe ALL debt (public & private) from the books and everybody start anew.

Diana Buchsen said...

All the above mentioned program cuts should be doubled & the money used to teach people how to work. End the practice of taking from those who work to support those who won't.

Anonymous said...

hey here is one for you.. welfare folks can now get free dog food with the monies we working folk cough up so they can sit back and smoke and gamble .. what is wrong with this picture. If I didn't have so much pride I think I could give up everything to live free off of others.

Anonymous said...

I must agree with Diana. I just lost my job of many years. I worked all my life and was a single mom with two growing boys to take care of without child support. I wanted to take a second job and in order to do that I would have lost the little bit of food stamps that I got. The system does not help the person that wants to take care of their own and try to get off of the system. But it certainly takes care of the "cry-babies" in this world.

Anonymous said...

Agree and Finally!! But maybe they should cut the governments paycheck and bs spending too. Then we'll be getting somewhere.

Anonymous said...

This is obamas way of slamming republicans, fabricate a crisis and spend millions going around campaigning against it. It will be as much a crisis as he makes it. obama robin the working to keep the masses stupid.

Anonymous said...

2 cents on the dollar. Wow this is serious...Typical attitude of Americans these days though. Get pissed off because your handouts might lose a few bucks. Its costing over 4 billion a day to run the federal government but I guess thats not an issue. Lets just bitch about the governor and free dog food...You people voted for the idiot. Now lay in your holes

Anonymous said...

Wow. If we cut 2% of the federal budget and the whole country is gonna collapse? Airports are gonna shut down, violence is gonna run amuck and our children will not have any teachers?

When I had to cut my family budget because of less income I didn't cut the essential things like heat, food and insurance. I cut the non essential things, cable, cell phones and eating out.

Cut all politicians and public servants salaries, grants, the White Houses travel budget, make all politicians fly commercial instead of private planes.... I could cut way more than 2% in a hurry.

Anonymous said...

Just think if the President and other members would not use our jets and other assets as if they were there own privet property we could fund these projects.
Stop using the children , teachers , fireman and eldery as an excuse.
Never pick on the military.

Concerned Citizen

Anonymous said...

They have already admitted that their biggest fear is that these cuts will come and nothing major will happen. Then the moron democrats might be caught in a lie about their wasteful spending and excessive government programs