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Sequestration Could Bring Big Cuts To NJ Education, Environment, Health Care

White House details what each state stands to lose if $85 billion in spending cuts take effect on March 1.

Funding for education in New Jersey would be slashed by nearly $30 million and drastic cuts made to health care programs and environmental protection should Congress fail to halt $85 billion in "sequestration" spending cuts scheduled to take hold March 1, the White House said Sunday.

The federal government would save $75 million by furloughing 11,000 civilian military contractors, and another $59 million by cutting funding to military bases. 

The cuts would include:  

  • Approximately $11.7 million in funding for primary and secondary education.
  • About $17 million in funds for about 210 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
  • Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 1,300 children.
  • New Jersey would lose about $4,891,000 in environmental funding, and $472,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
  • Approximately 11,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed.
  • Army base operation funding would be cut by about $52 million in New Jersey. Funding for Air Force operations in New Jersey would be cut by about $7 million.
  • New Jersey will lose about $336,000 in Justice Assistance Grants.
  • Up to 600 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care.
  • Around 3,930 fewer children will receive vaccines.
  • New Jersey will lose approximately $840,000 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.New Jersey will lose about $2,330,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 3100 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services will lose about $752,000 resulting in around18,800 fewer HIV tests.
  • New Jersey could lose up to $187,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 700 fewer victims being served.
  • Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: New Jersey would lose approximately $488,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.

The total federal spending cuts would be about $1.2 trillion over the next nine years. Republicans have accused the president of using the impending cuts for political gain.

President Obama's plan asks for increased tax revenues to offset some of the trillion-dollar cuts.

Jane Doe February 27, 2013 at 05:19 PM
There was a time when violence, gore, smut & curses were understood to be addicting crap, & were censored. That was billed as Big interfering nanny gov't by conservatives, who have been cutting funds to FCC, NEA & anything else standing between media corporate pimps & their hapless johns since the 1980's.
John Hay March 01, 2013 at 02:46 PM
New time left until Sequestration desktop countdown clock here: http://www.orijinations.com/HTML/JH/Sequestration.html Time left until Sequestration desktop countdown clock here: http://www.orijinations.com/HTML/JH/Sequestration.html
Tucker March 01, 2013 at 05:11 PM
It's expensive cleaning up Bush's messes. lol @ these nickel and dime ideological musings when we dropped a cool $2 trillion in Iraq.
Dentss Dunnagun March 01, 2013 at 05:59 PM
If we can't even cut federal spending by 2.4 percent without much of the country throwing an absolute hissy fit, then what hope does America have? All of this whining and crying about the sequester is absolutely disgraceful. The truth is that even if the sequester goes into effect, the U.S. government will still take in more money than ever before in 2013 and it will still spend more money than ever before in 2013. So it is a bit disingenuous to call what is about to happen "a spending cut", but for the sake of argument let's concede that point. If this is how bad things are now, how bad will they be when a day of reckoning for our economy arrives? And a day of reckoning is coming. Our politicians can try to keep kicking the can down the road for as long as they can, but eventually time will run out. We can borrow our way to prosperity for a while, but in the end there is always a very bitter price to pay for doing so. I would love to tell you that there is a chance that all of this will be turned around, but the truth is that all of this whining and crying about the sequester shows that America is doomed.
SonOfLiberty March 01, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Sequestration was Obama's idea back when he was campaigning for the most recent election and he threatened to veto ANYTHING the would stop it. Made him look like he was really tough on the budget and the deficit. Now that he has been elected, he wants his spending back, and he uses the age old rhetoric of Chicken-Little-Speak to scare the People into thinking we are on the cusp of an economic and public service tragedy. Cops won't show up for hours when you call 911, houses will burn to the ground due to cuts in fire fighters, people will die from common accidents because of degradation in EMS Services, and children will starve because school lunch programs will be cut and parents are too stupid to figure out how to feed them. Do you not even understand this is not an actual CUT in spending, it is just slowing the rate of growth. Even with sequestration we will still be spending more in 2013 than we did in 2012. It is like saying instead of spending $3.78 this year we are going to spend $3.74 which is still more then the $3.72 we spent last year. It is literally a 1% reduction in the RATE of spending growth. Are we really so fragile that the state of our national economy lies in the balance of a 1% reduction in the rate of Federal spending? If so, we have bigger problems, a.k.a. Greece anyone? Obama OWNS this fabricated crisis!!!!

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