February 25. 2013 11:00AM - Last modified: February 25. 2013 11:39AM

White House documents impact of sequester on Wisconsin

  
The White House on Sunday detailed how the deep spending cuts set to begin this week would affect programs in every state and the District of Columbia, as President Barack Obama launched a last-ditch effort to pressure Congressional Republicans to compromise on a way to stop the across-the-board cuts.

The White House documented the impact that the automatic spending cuts, known as the sequester, will have when they go into effect on March 1, unless Congress takes action to avoid them or delay them.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) now calculates that sequestration will require an annual reduction of roughly 5 percent for nondefense programs and roughly 8 percent for defense programs.

Relative to many other states that are home to large military bases, the impact of the cuts on Wisconsin will not be as severe, but they will be widely felt, according to the White House:

* Teachers and Schools: Wisconsin will lose approximately $8.5 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 120 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 10,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 50 fewer schools would receive funding.

* Education for Children with Disabilities: In addition, Wisconsin will lose approximately $10.1 million in funds for about 120 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

* Work-Study Jobs: Around 550 fewer low income students in Wisconsin would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 420 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.

* Head Start: Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 900 children in Wisconsin, reducing access to critical early education.

* Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: Wisconsin would lose about $3.9 million in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Wisconsin could lose another $1,479,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

* Military Readiness: In Wisconsin, approximately 3,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $12.4 million in total.

* Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $1 million in Wisconsin.

* Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: Wisconsin will lose about $216,000 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.

* Job Search Assistance to Help those in Wisconsin find Employment and Training: Wisconsin will lose about $661,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 23,120 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment.

* Child Care: Up to 500 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job.

* Vaccines for Children: In Wisconsin around 2,540 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B due to reduced funding for vaccinations of about $173,000.

* Public Health: Wisconsin will lose approximately $543,000 in funds to help upgrade its ability to respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. In addition, Wisconsin will lose about $1.4 million in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 2,600 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the Wisconsin Department of Health Services will lose about $108,000 resulting in around 2,700 fewer HIV tests.

* STOP Violence Against Women Program: Wisconsin could lose up to $120,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 500 fewer victims being served.

* Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: Wisconsin would lose approximately $653,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.

To view the Washington Posts breakdown of state-by-state impact, click here

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