Roughly 12,000 civilian employees for the Department of Defense will be furloughed if the sequester takes place, according to a report released yesterday by the White House. Their gross pay would be reduced by nearly $61 million. Army base operation funding would be cut about $108 million in the state.
The sequester would also have a significant impact on education and efforts to protect clean air and water, The Journal News/lohud.com reports today.If Congress doesn’t take action by Friday, $85 billion in cuts will take effect from March through September. The White House compiled the data from federal agencies and its own budget office. It’s unclear what kind of flexibility states would have to move money around to cover shortfalls. The White House said that depends on the state budget structures and specific programs.
Other potential impacts in New York include:
— Primary and secondary schools would lose about $42.7 million, putting around 590 teacher and aide jobs at risk.
— Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 4,300 children.
— About $12.9 million for clean water and air quality would be lost.
— About $5.7 million to prevent and treat substance abuse would be lost.
— About $780,000 for law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.
— Almost $1.5 million for meals to senior citizens.