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Federal Sequester in CT: 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.
H. Ferguson February 25, 2013 at 05:01 PM
This is all Obama lies and scare tactics. The bulk of the cuts further wrecks the Defense Budget. The world is a more dangerous place than ever and our military readiness is further threatened by sequester. Let's remember the President Obama himself dreamed up "sequester" and vowed he wouldn't let Congress back out of it. It is not aid to states that is in danger, it is our national safety.
Lucia February 25, 2013 at 05:06 PM
He is hoping the fact that was his idea will be forgotten so that he can blame the Republicans - he always blames someone else, that's what irresponsible people do.
Wondering February 25, 2013 at 10:16 PM
I have no problem with significant cuts across the board. How many Defense Department programs were put in by Congress (both parties over the years) simply for jobs in their districts and not to enhance the safety and effectiveness of our troops. Hopefully, the Defense Department will get rid of those programs and not put our troops in peril (although I am not optimistic).
Steven DeVaux February 26, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Nonsense. Don't believe the Fascist Democrat propaganda. Bad choices in reductions will yield bad results. Good choices will yield good results hence don't let the politicians making the choices off the hook. That's the job they are being paid to do...making good choices. Quit looking to punish people.
Steven DeVaux February 26, 2013 at 11:42 AM
Who's getting the blame for the potholes on Brookfield's newly paved roads? I mean really....it's been less than four years and the new roads are starting to have potholes appear and this past week the freeze/thaw cycle had roads heaving with the frost melting. Is it time again for a ten year program and bonds?
George Crocker February 26, 2013 at 08:29 PM
There are no "cuts". There are just smaller increases which are being called cuts. We will still spend more money this year than we did last year. The so called cuts amount to the increase that we would spend in one month. We can live with that. In fact the cuts are not big enough.
Wondering February 26, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Ron Paul is a Fascist Democrat? Really? http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/sequestration-the-way-to-cut-defense-waste/
Facts4 Brookfield February 27, 2013 at 01:09 AM
"Budget Control Act of 2011". Please educate yourself before showing your ignorance.
Maxx Hawke February 27, 2013 at 04:53 AM
I think the Mayor of London has it right...supine protoplasmic invertebrate jellyfish supposedly serve "The People" (aka themselves).
Steven DeVaux February 27, 2013 at 10:40 AM
Welcome to the Brookfield annual spring property tax debate.
Steven DeVaux February 27, 2013 at 10:42 AM
Why do you need fighter jets in Afghanistan when drones are doing the job just fine?

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