Feb 24, 2013 8:57 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Below are examples of how Kentucky could be affected by the automatic budget cuts that are set to take effect 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.
- Teachers and Schools: Kentucky will lose approximately $11.8 million for primary and secondary education and an additional $7.7 million for teachers, aides and staff who help children with disabilities.
- Military Readiness: Army base operation funding will be cut by about $122 million, and approximately 11,000 civilian Department of Defense employees will be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $54.4 million.
- Environment: Kentucky will lose about $2.1 million in funding for preserving water and air quality and preventing pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. Another $774,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection will be lost.
- Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: Kentucky will lose approximately $677,000 for meals for seniors.
- Job Search Assistance: Kentucky will lose about $478,000 for job search assistance, affecting about 16,690 people.
- Public Health: Kentucky will lose approximately $414,000 intended to help upgrade its ability to respond to public health threats. The commonwealth also will lose about $1 million in substance abuse grants and about $92,000 for children's vaccinations.
- Public Safety: Kentucky will lose about $171,000 in grants that support law enforcement and public safety.
- STOP Violence Against Women Program: Kentucky will lose up to $93,000 for services to victims of domestic violence.
- Head Start: Head Start and Early Head Start services will be eliminated for approximately 1,100 children.
- Child Care: Up to 500 disadvantaged children will lose access to child care.
- Work-Study Jobs: Around 1,710 fewer low income students in Kentucky will receive college aid, and around 470 fewer students will get work-study jobs.
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