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What Georgia stands to lose to sequester

An Atlanta publication has come up with a list of just what Georgia will see cut if sequestration goes through. It is not pretty. By Jacques Couret The White House on Sunday released a list of what would be cut in Georgia if mandatory spending cuts go into effect March 1. The numbers were part of a state-by-state report released Sunday by the White House to put pressure on Congress to reverse $85 billion in cuts that would begin March 1 and run through the end of September, part of a plan to reduce the budget by $1.2 trillion over the next decade. Republicans point out the cuts were President Barack Obama’s idea and that the GOP forwarded two plans last year to avoid the cuts. Democrats say Obama’s plan to avoid the cuts with a mix of tax increases and spending cuts has been met with intransigence from House Republicans. Here’s a look at some of the details for Georgia: Defense: In Georgia, about 37,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $190.1 million. Army base operation funding would be cut by about $233 million in Georgia. Funding for Air Force operations in Georgia would be cut by about $5 million. Education: Georgia would lose $28.6 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 390 teacher and aide jobs at risk. Georgia would lose approximately $17.5 million in funds for about 210 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities. Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for nearly 1,700 children in Georgia, reducing access to early education. Environment: Georgia would lose about $3.5 million in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Georgia could lose another $979,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection. Public Safety/Law Enforcement: Georgia would lose about $427,000 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. Unemployment: Georgia would lose about $873,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 33,160 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment. Child Care: Up to 1,100 children could lose access to child care. In Georgia around 4,180 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 $286,000. Public Health: Georgia would lose about $925,000 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. Georgia would lose about $2.5 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 2400 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. Georgia health departments would lose about $571,000 resulting in around 14,300 fewer HIV tests.

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