How the Sequester Impacts Delaware

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    Wikipedia/ Joshua Daniel Franklin

    On Sunday the White House released a state by state breakdown of the impact of the sequester, a series of forced budget cuts which will go into effect on March 1 if Congress can’t reach a compromise.

    The White House stated the following:

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

    Teachers and Schools: Delaware will lose approximately $1.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 20 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 2,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 4 fewer schools would receive funding.

    Education for Children with Disabilities: In addition, Delaware will lose approximately $1.8 million in funds for about 20 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

    Work-Study Jobs: Around 150 fewer low income students in Delaware would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 50 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 100 children in Delaware, reducing access to critical early education.

    Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: Delaware would lose about $1.1 million in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Delaware could lose another $359,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

    Military Readiness: In Delaware, approximately 2,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $7.6 million in total.

    Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $0.6 million in Delaware.

    Air Force: Funding for Air Force operations in Delaware would be cut by about $1 million.

    Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: Delaware
    will lose about $83,000 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 Delaware find Employment and Training: Delaware will lose about $86,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 3,230 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment.

    Child Care: Up to 100 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 Delaware around 380 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 $26,000.

    Public Health: Delaware will lose approximately $86,000 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, Delaware will lose about $330,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 400 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the Delaware Division of Public Health will lose about $70,000 resulting in
    around 1,800 fewer HIV tests.

    STOP Violence Against Women Program: Delaware could lose up to $19,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 100 fewer victims being served. Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: Delaware would lose approximately $201,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.

    READ: How the sequester could impact Delaware