Sequestration would cut human service spending in New York State
February 25, 2013. Last night, the White House released the following likely impacts from sequestration in New York State if Congress does not act to cut the deficit in a balanced way. Bringing in more revenue by closing tax loopholes along with smarter reductions in spending would allow the federal government to avoid the following cuts in New York State:
Teachers and Schools: The loss of approximately $43 million in funding for about 120 primary and secondary schools placing almost 600 teacher and aide jobs at risk and serving 70,000 fewer students than currently. This does not include the additional loss of approximately $36 million that supports over 400 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
Work-Study Jobs: The loss of financial aid for about 4,500 low income college students and the loss of work-study jobs for about 4,100 students.
Head Start: The elimination of critical early education services for approximately 4,300 children.
Child Care: The potential loss of up to 2,300 child care slots that allow parents to continue to work.
Vaccines for Children: The loss of almost $500,000 for providing measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B vaccines resulting in over 7,000 fewer children served than currently.
Public Health: The loss of over $9.5 million for responding to public health threats, preventing and treating substance abuse and testing for HIV. This would result in over 6,000 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs and about 68,000 fewer HIV tests.
Violence against Women: The potential loss of over $400,000 to provide domestic violence services resulting in up to 1,600 fewer victims being assisted.
Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: The loss of approximately $1.5 million for senior meals.
Job Search Assistance: The loss of almost $900,000 in funding to help New Yorkers find employment and training reducing such services for over 46,000 people.
Pollution Prevention: The loss of about $13 million in environmental funding for clean water and air quality and the loss of over $1 million for protecting fish and wildlife.
Military Readiness: The reduction of almost $61 million in pay through furloughs for approximately 12,000 civilian Department of Defense employees and the reduction of about $108 million for base operation funding.
Law Enforcement and Public Safety: The loss of almost $800,000 in funding for crime prevention and prosecution including community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement and crime victim and witness initiatives.