Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sequester on your street corner

Last week, Senator Patty Murray visited with House Democrats and discussed some of the effects of sequester - the looming automatic cuts to the federal budget that will be triggered if Congress fails to strike a budget deal by March 1st.
This week, the White House released more detailed information on what these automatic cuts would mean for Washington state.
Among the low-lights:
  • Washington 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 ad approximately 50 fewer schools would recieve funding.
  • Washington will lose about $3,301,000 in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality...
  • About 440 fewer low income students in Washington would recieve aid to help them finance the costs of college.
  • In Washington, approximately 29,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $173.4 million in total.
  • Washington will lose approximately $1,053,000 in funds that provides meals for seniors.
For the complete list of potential cuts, follow this link.

Read this story in Spanish.