WASHINGTON (AP) — Using numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office, the White House released specifics of how automatic budget cuts would affect each state. The numbers reflect the impact of the automatic budget cuts this year.
President Barack Obama’s administration said that states’ ability to move money around to cover the shortfalls would depend on the specific state’s budget structures and the programs affected.
Here are some examples of how automatic budget cuts could affect Iowa:
» Iowa schools would lose about $6.4 million in funding. That would jeopardize about 90 jobs for teachers and aides.
» Programs for disabled students would lose about $5.8 million, jeopardizing about 70 jobs.
» Head Start and Early Head Start programs would be scaled back and would be able to help about 500 fewer kids.
» In college, funding for about 1,020 work-study jobs for low-income students would be eliminated, and 2,370 fewer low-income students would receive help paying for college.
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» About 2,000 civilian employees of the Department of Defense would be furloughed, reducing their pay by about $7.4 million.
» Army base spending would be cut by $1.5 million in Iowa.
» Law enforcement grants would be reduced by $135,000.
» Iowa would lose about $2.4 million in funding to ensure clean air and water and prevent pollution. The state also would lose $661,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
» Job search assistance programs would lose $376,000, so about 12,680 fewer people would be helped.
» As many as 300 disadvantaged kids would lose child care.
» Funding for vaccines would be cut $90,000, so about 1,320 fewer kids would receive shots.
» Iowa would lose about $670,000 in grants for substance abuse treatment, and the state would lose $291,000 earmarked to help pay for public health upgrades.
» An HIV testing program would lose $61,000, which would pay for 1,500 tests.
» A program that provides meals for senior citizens would lose $220,000.