Budget cuts will hit state on several fronts

February 25, 2013 9:38:36 AM



This is some of what Mississippi would lose, according to the White House, if a budget agreement does not stave off $85 billion in federal budget cuts that could take hold this week. 


The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers reflect the impact of the cuts this year. Unless Congress acts by Friday, $85 billion in cuts are set to take effect from March-September. 


As to whether states could move money around to cover shortfalls, the White House said that depends on state budget structures and the specific programs. The White House did not have a list of which states or programs might have flexibility. 






■ Nearly $5.5 million for primary and secondary education, risking a total of about 80 teacher and aide jobs. About 12,000 fewer students and 20 fewer schools would get money. 


■ About $6.1 million for about 70 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities. 


■ College aid: Around 510 fewer low-income students in Mississippi would get money and about 150 would not get work-study jobs. 


■ Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for about 1,600 children. 






■ Nearly $1.8 million to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. 


■ $606,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection. 






■ About 9,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $49.9 million in total. 


■ Army: About $2.8 million to operate bases. 


■ Air Force: About $4 million. 


■ Navy: Deferred procurement for ships, and a planned demolition project at Naval Air Station Meridian could be canceled 






■ About $138,000 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. 






■ About $350,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, affecting about 11,880 people. 


■ Child Care: Up to 400 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job. 






■ $80,000 for vaccinations, meaning around 1,170 fewer children vaccinated for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B. 


■ About $283,000 to improve response to public health threats such as infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. 


■ About $710,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 900 fewer admissions to programs. 


■ About $141,000 for HIV tests, enough for 3,500 tests. 


■ About $63,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 200 fewer victims being served. 


■ Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: Mississippi would lose about $182,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.