NEW: White House Issues Report on Sequestration’s Impact on RI
Sunday, February 24, 2013
According to the White House, the impacts on Rhode Island this year alone are:
- ¾ Teachers and Schools: Rhode Island will lose approximately $2.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 30 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 3,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 10 fewer schools would receive funding.
- Education for Children with Disabilities: In addition, Rhode Island will lose approximately $2.1 million in funds for about 20 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
- ¾ Work-Study Jobs: Around 340 fewer low income students in Rhode Island would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 280 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.
- ¾ Head Start: Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 200 children in Rhode Island, reducing access to critical early education.
- ¾ Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: Rhode Island would lose about $1,253,000 in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Rhode Island could lose another $359,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
- ¾ Military Readiness: In Rhode Island, approximately 5,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $31.5 million in total.
- Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $800,000 in Rhode Island.
- ¾ Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: Rhode Island will lose about $68,000 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.
- ¾ Job Search Assistance to Help those in Rhode Island find Employment and Training: Rhode Island will lose about $126,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 4,550 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment.
- ¾ Child Care: Up to 100 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job.
- ¾ Vaccines for Children: In Rhode Island around 530 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 $36,000.
- ¾ Public Health: Rhode Island will lose approximately $101,000 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, Rhode Island will lose about $330,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 400 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the Rhode Island State Department of Health will lose about $61,000 resulting in around 1,500 fewer HIV tests.
- ¾ STOP Violence Against Women Program: Rhode Island could lose up to $22,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 100 fewer victims being served.
- ¾ Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: Rhode Island would lose approximately $188,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.
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