Federal Sequester In Connecticut: Middle Class Jobs at Stake

In a breakdown released Sunday by the Obama White House, officials say the automatic cuts that would take affect Friday could have broad implications for the state and country.

Connecticut could lose middle class jobs and "vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and our men and women in uniform" under the automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequester that are looming this week, the White House said Sunday in a summary of the budget reductions.

The budget cuts would see the state lose $8.7 million in education funding along with another $6.3 million in federal funds to help students with disabilities.

The cuts, the White House document says, would put "around 120 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 8,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 40 fewer schools would receive funding."

Other possible impacts of the sequestriation in this state include:

  • Work-Study Jobs: Around 550 fewer low income students in Connecticut would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 470 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.
  • Head Start: Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 500 children in Connecticut, reducing access to critical early education.
  • Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: Connecticut would lose about $2 million in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Connecticut could lose another $398,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
  • Military Readiness: In Connecticut, approximately 3,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $15 million in total.
  • Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: Connecticut will lose about $153,000 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.
  • Job Search Assistance to Help those in Connecticut find Employment and Training: Connecticut will lose about $242,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 10,650 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment.
  • Child Care: Up to 200 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job.
Dennis Condon February 26, 2013 at 12:39 AM
If we arent t growing non government jobs we as a state are failing the citizens. You can not cut yourself into growth. We can mot compete for jobs on a worlwide basis without fixing healthcare codts. You can not grow jobs without fixing healthcare costs and certainly not by driving all healthcare into hospital monopolies ( which cost 3-4 x outpatient care costs for identical services e.g X-ray and Labs) new Haven (- Yale / St Raphael's merger) The fastest growing costs are Pharmaceuticals and Radiographic services ( Imaging) So as a state when Insurance companies are forced to close (Obama-care ard ACOs and military companies UT - Sikorsky -Pratt Whitney Gun manufacturers etc are driven out by costs or lrgislation. what are we left with ?Casinos with no ody with money to spend? Brilliant strategy - oh I forgot we had tobacco Nd alternative energy ( highest Cancer rate- and Gas prices in country) What exactly are we paying these high taxes for -DO YOUR JOBS
Howard February 26, 2013 at 01:26 AM
Yeah this list is basically full of made up scare tactics as Obama would rather campaign than make adult decisions. If this country can't figure how how to cut a measly 2% or so we're in for a complete disaster
Howard February 26, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Also might I suggest that Patch is grossly negligent posting fiction with the semblance of fact checking it
Alex February 26, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Sequestration isn't the right way to cut a budget, but Congress failed to do its job and this is the result of that failure. Enough with kicking the can down the road, this isn't a very large cut, and yes there will be some important things that get cut (like air traffic control...) and that will force congress to at least shuffle money around to get these critical functions of government working, before borrowing more money again....sigh....
QWERTY February 26, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Amazing, the cuts only affect the most vulnerable people on society. It's almost like they set it up this way.
MAC March 02, 2013 at 10:00 PM
We all need a good laugh, in relief from O's hyperbolic declarations. You will be falling off your chair at this one! http://dailyrushbo.com/screaming-goat-version-of-obamas-dire-sequester-warning/ This is also great, and sounds like Adele: http://dailyrushbo.com/rush-let-the-skyfall-sequester-parody-song/ And from G. Will: “When the Obama administration increases on average 17 percent the budgets of the domestic agencies that are now facing a 5 percent cut, and they say this is intolerable, they reveal that the basic position of liberalism is this — whatever the size of the government is at any moment, it’s the bare minimum standing between us and chaos and misery, which just strikes the American people as facially preposterous. I mean, if you turned to any American family and said, ‘Could you find 2.3 percent savings?’ They would say, ‘Of course, we can do it by noon.’ dailycaller.com/2013/03/01/george-will-i-will-not-take-seriously-jay-carney-audio/#ixzz2MQ0412HL I join Mitt Romney in "criticizing President Barack Obama for 'berating Republicans' instead of leading." http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/1/romney-hits-obama-berating-republicans-first-comme/
MAC March 08, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Obama locks out kids from WH tours in stupid, heartless attempt to fulfill his hype of "PAIN of sequester." "The Administration of President Barack Obama continues its casting about for high-profile illustrations of how badly sequestration hurts regular people — even if it has to manufacture them. CBS News notes three instances in the past 10 days of White House officials putting their foots in their mouths (i.e., lying) when pressed to describe how not spending Federal money as quickly as Obama wishes translates into real moments of doom and gloom."… ("Personal Liberty" on Ag. dept. sequester e-mail) …"In the internal email, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service official Charles Brown said he asked if he could try to spread out the sequester cuts in his region to minimize the impact, and he said he was told not to do anything that would lessen the dire impacts Congress had been warned of." …“'you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be,' Mr. Brown, in the internal email, said his superiors told him."… ..."questions Tuesday about the Homeland Security Department’s decision to sign a $50 million contract for new uniforms for airport screeners, just days before the sequesters."… washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/5/email-tells-feds-make-sequester-painful-promised/ This when DHS recently released about 2,000 prisoners (Carney and Bis Sis lied about it!) and plans to release 3,000 more, blaming sequester!!


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