Wisconsin's schools and the environment would be among the state's biggest losers if automatic federal budget cuts take hold this week, according to a report the Obama administration issued Sunday as it seeks to avoid the impending economic fallout.
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.
According to the White House, here are some of the impacts to Wisconsin:
- Wisconsin would lose about $8.5 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting about 120 teacher and aide jobs at risk. Roughly 50 fewer schools would get funding.
- About $10.1 million in funding would be cut for 120 teachers, aides and staff who help children with disabilities.
- 550 fewer low-income students would get aid for college and 420 fewer students would get work-study jobs.
- 900 kids would lose Head Start and Early Head Start services.
- Wisconsin would lose nearly $3.9 million in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, and prevent pesticide and hazardous waste pollution.
- About 3,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed.
- About 23,120 fewer people would get help finding work, due to about $661,000 in cuts to funding for job search assistance, referrals and placement.
- Vaccination funding would be cut, meaning about 2,540 fewer children would get vaccines for diseases including measles, mumps, whooping cough and tetanus.
- Wisconsin would lose about $653,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.
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