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How the Sequester Could Affect ND & MN

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The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers are based only on the $85 billion in cuts for this fiscal year, from March-September, that are set to take effect Friday.

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. The White House did not have a list of which states or programs might have flexibility.

NORTH DAKOTA

Education:

  • About $1.13 million in funding for primary and second education, putting around 20 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 1,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 10 fewer schools would receive funding.
  • About $1.49 million in funds for about 20 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
  • Head Start: Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 200 children education.

Environment:

  • About $1.24 million to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste
  • $624,000 for fish and wildlife protection

Defense:

  • About 2,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed
  • About $1 million would be cut to operate Army bases in the state, and about $19 million to fund Air Force operations

Law Enforcement:

  • About $35,000 for law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives

Employment:

  • About $233,000 in job search assistance
  • Child care for as many as 100 disadvantaged and vulnerable children

Health:

  • $52,000 for vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis, affecting about 760 children
  • About $279,000 to help the state respond to public health threats such as infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events.
  • About $270,000 to help prevent and treat substance abuse, meaning about 100 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs.
  • About $36,000 for health departments in the state, resulting in around 900 fewer HIV tests.
  • About $14,000 for services to victims of domestic violence, affecting about 100 victims.
  • About $206,000 to provide meals for seniors

MINNESOTA

Less than a week before deep automatic federal spending cuts are set to kick in, the Obama administration on Sunday released a list of Minnesota programs expected to feel the impact.

Education programs will absorb the biggest chunk of lost funding, according to a White House report. Because of the spending cuts, Minnesota would lose $16.2 million earmarked for primary, secondary and special education programs.

State officials say the spending cuts, known as "sequestration," wont hit Minnesota as much as other states since it doesn't rely on federal government funding as much as others. Only 5 percent of the state's revenue comes from federal grants subject to the sequester, according to the Pew Center on the States, which ranks 48th in the country. Minnesota Management and Budget officials say they'll wrap the sequester's impact on future state budgets into the budget forecast if need be.

Still, the sequester will mean about $85 billion in spending cuts nationwide between now and September, if it's allowed to take effect on Friday. Here's the White House's list of affected programs in Minnesota:

Teachers and Schools:

  • Minnesota will lose approximately $7 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 100 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 8,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 40 fewer schools would receive funding.
  • Education for Children with Disabilities: In addition, Minnesota will lose approximately $9.2 million in funds for about 110 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

Work-Study Jobs:

  • Around 920 fewer low income students in Minnesota would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 500 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 700 children in Minnesota, reducing access to critical early education.

Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water:

  • Minnesota would lose about $3 million in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste.
  • In addition, Minnesota could lose another $1.6 million in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

Military Readiness:

  • In Minnesota, approximately 2,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $12.5 million in total.
  • Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $2.5 million in Minnesota.
  • Navy: A scheduled Blue Angels show in St. Cloud could be canceled.

Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution:

  • Minnesota will lose about $201,000 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 Minnesota find Employment and Training:

  • Minnesota will lose about $689,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 23,270 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 Minnesota, around 2,360 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 $161,000.

Public Health:

  • Minnesota will lose approximately $507,000 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, Minnesota will lose about $1.2 million in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 1,700 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs.
  • And the Minnesota Department of Health will lose about $127,000 resulting in around 3,200 fewer HIV tests.

STOP Violence Against Women Program:

  • Minnesota could lose up to $113,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 400 fewer victims being served.

Nutrition Assistance for Seniors:

  • Minnesota would lose approximately $845,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.
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