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How automatic budget cuts could affect Kansas

February 24, 2013

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— The White House compiled numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office reflecting the impact of the sequestration this year. Unless Congress acts by Friday, $85 billion in cuts are set to take effect from March through September. Examples of how automatic budget cuts could affect Kansas:

Education

• About $5.5 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 80 teacher and aide jobs at risk.

• Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for about 500 children.

Environment

• About $1.8 million in environmental funding.

• About $772,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

Military and law enforcement

• About 8,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $36.7 million in total.

• About $78 million for Army base operations.

• About $1 million for Air Force operations.

• About $149,000 in Justice Assistance Grants.

Job search

• About $322,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral and placement.

Health

• About $85,000 in reduced funding for vaccinations.

• About $273,000 in funds to help upgrade state’s ability to respond to public health threat.

• About $610,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse.

• About $65,000 for the Kansas Department of Health And Environment

• Up to $61,000 in funding for services to victims of domestic violence.

• About $209,000 in funds to provide meals for seniors.

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