Mar 1, 2013 12:48 PM by Kirsten Bennett

White House outlines impact of sequestration on Colorado

The President warns automatic spending cuts known as sequester are imminent. The White House released a detailed state-by-state report of the impact of those cuts. Here is part of the report detailing the impact on Colorado.

If sequestration were to take effect, some examples of the impacts on Colorado this year alone are:

- Teachers and Schools: Colorado will lose approximately $8.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 120 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 12,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 40 fewer schools would receive funding. In addition, Colorado will lose approximately $8.1 million in funds for about 100 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

- Work-Study Jobs: Around 1,170 fewer low income students in Colorado would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 430 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 Colorado, reducing access to critical early education.

- Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: Colorado would lose about $2 million in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Colorado could lose another $1.2 million in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

- Military Readiness: In Colorado, approximately 12,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $68.5 million in total.

     - Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $57 million in Colorado.
     - Air Force: Funding for Air Force operations in Colorado would be cut by about $8 million.

- Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: Colorado will lose about $213,000 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 Colorado find Employment and Training: Colorado will lose about $331,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 14,810 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment.

- Child Care: Up to 300 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 Colorado around 2,240 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 $153,000.

- Public Health: Colorado will lose approximately $480,000 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, Colorado will lose about $1.3 million in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 3,500 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the Colorado State Department of Public Health & Environment will lose about $212,000 resulting in around 5,300 fewer HIV tests.

- STOP Violence Against Women Program: Colorado could lose up to $109,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 400 fewer victims being served.

- Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: Colorado would lose approximately $720,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.


To read the full Colorado report, CLICK HERE.


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