How budget cuts could affect Oregon
Feb 24, 2013 | 1 Comment
PORTLAND — The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers reflect the impact of the cuts this year. Unless Congress acts by Friday, $85 billion in cuts are set to take effect from March-September.
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.
Some examples of programs that could be cut in Oregon:
—$10.2 million for primary and secondary education, putting around 140 teacher and aide jobs at risk. About 40 fewer schools would receive funding.
—$6.4 million for education of children with disabilities, jeopardizing the jobs of 80 teachers, aides and staff.
—About 240 fewer low-income students would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college.
—About 600 children would lose access to Head Start and Early Head Start.
—$1.9 million to ensure clean water and air quality, and to prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste.
—$1.1 million in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
—Furloughs for 3,000 civilian Department of Defense workers would reduce gross pay by $16.5 million.
—Base operation funding for the Army would be cut by about $1.6 million.
—$155,000 in grants that support law enforcement, courts, corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim initiatives.
—$470,000 for job search assistance, referral and placement.
—Up to 300 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care.
—1,670 fewer children would receive vaccines.
—$890,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in about 3,800 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs.
—$366,000 in funds to help Oregon upgrade its ability to respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological events.
—$81,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence.
— $690,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.
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