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Sequestration Will Impact Washington State

Posted by taral at Feb 25, 2013 01:10 PM |

Decisions made this week in Congress will have wide repercussions across the country. If agreement is not reached by March 1st on the sequester, a series of automatic cuts will take effect that will harm thousands of middle class jobs and cut vital services in every state.

The sequester would have a devastating impact on Washington state's already fragile economy, and further compound the challenges facing the state legislature as they try to address our revenue shortfall.

 The White House released new state-by-state report today on the devastating impact the sequester.

 Here are just some of the cuts that will hurt Washington state this year:

  • Teachers and Schools: Washington state will lose approximately $11,606,000 in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 160 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 11,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 50 fewer schools would receive funding.
  • Head Start: Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 1,000 children in Washington state, reducing access to critical early education.
  • Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: Washington state would lose about $3,301,000 in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Washington state could lose another $924,000 in grants for
    fish and wildlife protection.
  • Military Readiness: In Washington state, approximately 29,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $173.4 million in total.
  • Job Search Assistance to Help those in Washington state find Employment and Training: Washington state will lose about $661,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 24,510 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment.
  • Child Care: Up to 800 children could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job.

Full detail on the impact to Washington state can found be here.

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