How sequester cuts would affect Pennsylvania and New Jersey
The White House has released state-by-state breakdowns of how the deep budget cuts set to go into effect this week would affect government agencies and programs.
The federal spending cuts, known as the sequester, are slated to go into affect Friday unless a budget deal is reached.
- Pennsylvania would lose $26.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education and New Jersey would lose $11.7 million.
- About 2,290 fewer low-income college students in Pennsylvania and 650 in New Jersey would get work-study jobs.
- Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for 2,300 children in Pennsylvania and 1,300 in New Jersey.
- Pennsylvania would lose about $5.7 million in environmental funding that focuses on clean water, air quality and pollution prevention; New Jersey would lose about $4.9 million.
- Thousands of civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed: 26,000 in Pennsylvania and 11,000 in New Jersey.
- Army base operation funds would be cut by $7 million in Pennsylvania and $52 million in New Jersey. Also in New Jersey, Air Force base operation funds would be cut by $7 million.
- Pennsylvania would lose $509,000 in grants for law enforcement, prosecution, courts and crime prevention; New Jersey would lose $336,000.
- Pennsylvania would lose about $1.2 million in funding to upgrade its response to public health threats likes infections diseases and natural disasters. New Jersey would lose $840,000.
- About 3,500 fewer people in Pennsylvania and 3,100 in New Jersey would be admitted to substance-abuse programs.