How Federal Cuts Could Affect Md., Va.
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CBSDC/AP)— The White House released lists for each state on Sunday of potential effects of automatic spending cuts set for Friday.
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 to 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.
The governors of Maryland and Virginia say they agree that cuts need to be avoided.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, and his Virginia counterpart, Republican Bob McDonnell appeared Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
They said the cuts would have a big impact on Maryland and Virginia due to proximity to the nation’s capital.
O’Malley says they are job-killing cuts, and the country can’t cut its way to prosperity.
McDonnell says cuts indeed are needed, but not with such a heavy burden placed on defense under the plan.
Here’s how the cuts could affect Maryland and Virginia:
— Maryland would lose about $14.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education, and about 12,000 fewer students would be served. The jobs of about 200 teachers and aides would be at risk.
— The state would also lose about $9.7 million in funds for approximately 120 teachers, aides and staff who help children with disabilities.
— Head Start and Early Head Start services would be cut for about 800 children. About 770 fewer low-income students would receive aid to help pay for college, and approximately 440 fewer students would get work-study jobs to help pay for college.
— Maryland would lose about $3.1 million in environmental funding for clean water and air quality, and to prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. The state could lose another $467,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
MILITARY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
— About 46,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, with gross pay reduced by about $353.7 million in total. Funding for the state’s Air Force operations would be cut by about $10 million, Army base operation funding would be reduced by about $95 million. And about $9 million in Navy funding for a demolition project in Patuxent River and aircraft depot maintenance could be canceled, along with Blue Angels shows in Annapolis and Ocean City.
— Maryland would lose about $317,000 in Justice Assistance Grants that support law enforcement, prosecution and courts, drug treatment and enforcement, crime prevention and education and related services.
— The state could lose up to $124,000 in funds to provide services for victims of domestic violence. That could result in up to 500 fewer victims being served.
— Maryland would lose about $551,000 in funds to help improve the state’s response to infectious diseases, natural disasters and other public health threats.
— The state would also lose about $1.6 million in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse. Maryland health departments would also lose about $595,000, meaning about 14,900 fewer HIV tests.
— Funding for vaccinations in Maryland would drop by about $140,000, resulting in about 2,050 children getting vaccines for measles, mumps, tetanus and other diseases.
— About $877,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors would be eliminated.
JOB TRAINING AND CHILD CARE
— Maryland would lose about $66,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral and placement, which would affect about 9,270 fewer people.
— Child care access could be lost for up to 400 disadvantaged and vulnerable children.
About 90,000 civilian Department of Defense employees in Virginia would be furloughed. Funding for Army base operations would be cut by about $146 million. Air Force operations funding would be cut by about $8 million. Maintenance of 11 Navy ships in Norfolk would be canceled and four projects at Norfolk, Dahlgren and Oceana would be deferred. Other modernization and demolition projects would be delayed.
— Virginia would lose about $14 million in funding for primary and secondary schools. About 190 teacher and aide jobs would be at risk. Virginia also would lose about $13.9 million in funding for about 170 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
— About 1,000 children in Virginia would lose Head Start and Early Head Start services.
— Aid would be provided to around 2,120 fewer low income students in Virginia to help them finance the costs of college. Funding for work-study jobs would go to around 840 fewer students.
Virginia would lose about $2.1 million in funding to help prevent and treat substance abuse. The state also would lose about $764,000 in funding to help improve its response to infectious diseases, natural disasters, and other public health threats. A $337,000 cut in funding for the Virginia State Department of Health would reduce the number of HIV tests by around 8,400. Virginia also would lose about $241,000 for vaccinations for children, including measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B.
Virginia would lose nearly $3 million in funding for clean water, air quality and prevention of pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. The state also would lose $826,000 for fish and wildlife protection.
Virginia would lose about $276,000 in grants for law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.
JOB SEARCH ASSISTANCE
Virginia would lose about $348,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement. About 18,390 people would be affected.
Virginia could lose up to $172,000 in funding for services to victims of domestic violence.
Virginia would lose about $1.2 million in funding to provide meals for seniors.
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