Monday, February 25, 2013

White House: Sequester would cut aid for Florida children, senior, environmental protection

The White House on Sunday released state-by-state breakdowns of what it described as the "devastating impact" of budget sequestration if it goes into effect Friday.

According to the White House, Florida this year would lose:
  • $54.5 million for primary and secondary education, putting at risk 750 teacher and aide jobs.
  • $31.1 million for education of children with disabilities, putting at risk 380 teaching and other jobs.
  • Head Start and Early Head Start services for 2,700 children.
  • About $5.2 million in "environmental funding to ensure clean air and clean water."
  • About 31,000 civilian Defense Department employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by more than $183 million.
  • About $970,000 in grants for law enforcement, courts, corrections and other criminal justice programs.
  • Child care for 1,600 "disadvantaged and vulnerable children."
  • About $509,000 for vaccinations, meaning 7,450 children would not get needed shots.
  • About $3.8 million to provide meals for children.
Read the whole White House list here.

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