The tolls the sequester will take on Oklahoma

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Updated: 2/25/2013 10:14 am Published: 2/24/2013 9:05 pm

The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers reflect the impact of the sequester this year. 

Unless Congress acts by Friday, $85 billion in cuts are set to take effect from March-September. That means the possibility of hundreds of thousands of middle class jobs, children services, senior services, mental illness benefits and military benefits will vanish. 

Without action from Congress, each state will have to make cuts in education, small business, food safety, research and mental health. But the sequester will also take a toll on Okla. 

Here is a list of cuts that Okla. will face this year alone.

  • Teachers and Schools: Oklahoma will lose approximately $4.9 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 70 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 13,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 40 fewer schools would receive funding. In addition, Oklahoma will lose approximately $7.3 million in funds for about 90 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
  • Work-Study Jobs: Around 460 fewer low income students in Oklahoma would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 180 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 800 children in Oklahoma, reducing access to critical early education.
  • Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: Oklahoma would lose about $1,655,000 in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Oklahoma could lose another $998,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
  • Military Readiness: In Oklahoma, approximately 24,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $123.9 million in total. Army Base operation funding would be cut by about $48 million. Air Force funding for Air Force operations would be cut by $20 million.
  • Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: Oklahoma will lose about $193,000 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 Oklahoma find Employment and Training: Oklahoma will lose about $339,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 12,080 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 Oklahoma around 1,490 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 $102,000.
  • Public Health: Oklahoma will lose approximately $358,000 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, Oklahoma will lose about $880,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 800 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the Oklahoma State Department of Health will lose about $98,000 resulting in around 2,400 fewer HIV tests.
  • STOP Violence Against Women Program: Oklahoma could lose up to $74,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 300 fewer victims being served.
  • Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: Oklahoma would lose approximately $298,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.

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CowBot9000 - 2/25/2013 10:17 AM
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None of those figures are very impressive. Let it happen.
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