Federal Sequester In Connecticut: Middle Class Jobs at Stake

In a breakdown released Sunday by the Obama White House, officials say the automatic cuts that would take affect Friday could have broad implications for the state and country.

Connecticut could lose middle class jobs and "vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and our men and women in uniform" under the automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequester that are looming this week, the White House said Sunday in a summary of the budget reductions.

The budget cuts would see the state lose $8.7 million in education funding along with another $6.3 million in federal funds to help students with disabilities.

The cuts, the White House document says, would put "around 120 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 8,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 40 fewer schools would receive funding."

Other possible impacts of the sequestriation in this state include:

  • Work-Study Jobs: Around 550 fewer low income students in Connecticut would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 470 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 500 children in Connecticut, reducing access to critical early education.
  • Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: Connecticut 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, Connecticut could lose another $398,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
  • Military Readiness: In Connecticut, approximately 3,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $15 million in total.
  • Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: Connecticut will lose about $153,000 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 Connecticut find Employment and Training: Connecticut will lose about $242,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 10,650 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment.
  • Child Care: Up to 200 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job.
Peter T. Cianelli February 25, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Barrack Hussein Obama keeps trying to scare everyone that the impacts of the sequestriation will have broad implications for the state and country.... I say, let the borrowing & spending stop now... I'm sure the world will not end....
Bill Fasula February 25, 2013 at 07:48 PM
Obama got his tax increases in December without any cuts. Now when it's time to do the cuts, he is doing his tap dance, dazzling his sheeple.
Bob Fawkes February 25, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Aid to the poor and Veteren's healthcare, first to go. Pentagon, not so much...
Lou February 26, 2013 at 12:01 PM
The cut is 1.7% of the entire budget! Let it happen. It's not really a cut by the way. We still spent more than last year so the cut is really a decrease of the additional spending over last years budget. We need to stop the spending! ER it happen.
Lou February 26, 2013 at 12:03 PM
S/b LET it happen
Richard Poulton February 26, 2013 at 01:27 PM
THE WORLDS GOING TO END - THE WORLDS GOING TO END WHAT ARE WE ALL TOO DO????????? I know, lets make BO President for life, do away with the Legislative branch, keep the Judicial but stact it with the likes of Holder and Jones and we can all live happy for the rest of our lives. Folks this doesn't have to happen. It's a made up date, pushed last year by you know who, it really means nothing. Just say forget it and let the budget continue as is. But NO that can't happen. It's all about BO, Reid and company out to destroy any opposition to his plans by turning the public against those very bad (R's). Everything is their fault. Hey Reid, why don't you get your Senate to vote on the 2 budget bills the House had sent over some time ago, instead of sitting on them because you don't like the Speaker of the House ?
Bob Fawkes February 26, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Richard, Call me crazy, but I'm beginning to think that this insane budget deficit and the relentless spending, what with Obama's crazy universal pre-school proposal, no end to foreign military adventures, Congressional foot dragging, etc, is some type of co-ordinated strategy (Dem's/Rep's working in concert) to collapse what's left of the US Economy and possibly to impose some type of permanent police state here in the US. Again, I view all Rep's/Dem's as birds of a feather, no meaningful difference between the two. Interesting take on this: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Crumbling_Global_Economy_Passes_Point_of_No_Return/24285/0/38/38/Y/M.html Think I going to pay a visit to the Coin Superstore and stock up on some silver "junk".
Richard Poulton February 26, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Sorry Jacobo, but you ask me, so I'll call you crazy. Only kidding.
Charlene February 26, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Well Connecticut you voted for Obama knowing his record, so who is to blame, all of you who voted for a known incompetent man. Keep believing the lies and cover your ears and eyes to avoid hearing the truth. Sure you will also just love the Obamacare changes coming your way. So disappointed with all of you.
Lise Cavallaro February 26, 2013 at 07:21 PM
I'm proud to say I did NOT vote for Obama.
Bob Fawkes February 26, 2013 at 07:43 PM
I voted for Rocky Anderson.
MAC March 02, 2013 at 10:08 PM
We all need a good laugh, in relief from O's hyperbolic declarations. You will be falling off your chair at this one! http://dailyrushbo.com/screaming-goat-version-of-obamas-dire-sequester-warning/ This is also great, and sounds like Adele: http://dailyrushbo.com/rush-let-the-skyfall-sequester-parody-song/ And from G. Will: “When the Obama administration increases on average 17 percent the budgets of the domestic agencies that are now facing a 5 percent cut, and they say this is intolerable, they reveal that the basic position of liberalism is this — whatever the size of the government is at any moment, it’s the bare minimum standing between us and chaos and misery, which just strikes the American people as facially preposterous. I mean, if you turned to any American family and said, ‘Could you find 2.3 percent savings?’ They would say, ‘Of course, we can do it by noon.’ dailycaller.com/2013/03/01/george-will-i-will-not-take-seriously-jay-carney-audio/#ixzz2MQ0412HL I join Mitt Romney in "criticizing President Barack Obama for 'berating Republicans' instead of leading." http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/1/romney-hits-obama-berating-republicans-first-comme/


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