White House releases state-by-state sequester impact
WASHINGTON (WCIV) - The White House on Sunday released state-by-state reports on the impact the sequester would have on jobs and families in the lower and middle class.
The cuts will happen later this week if Republicans and Democrats cannot come together on a budget agreement.
According to the fact sheet for South Carolina, some of the impacts on the state include:
- South Carolina will lose approximately $12.5 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 170 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 15,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 30 fewer schools would receive funding;
- Around 830 fewer low income students in South Carolina would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 270 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college;
- Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 900 children in South Carolina, reducing access to critical early education;
- South Carolina would lose about $1,763,000 in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, South Carolina could lose another $646,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection;
- In South Carolina, approximately 11,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $59.5 million in total;
- South Carolina will lose about $278,000 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;
- South Carolina will lose about $550,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 18,780 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment;
- Up to 300 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job;
- In South Carolina around 1,860 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 $127,000;
- South Carolina will lose approximately $442,000 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. In addition, South Carolina will lose about $1,020,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 1400 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the South Carolina State Department of Health and Environment will lose about $276,000 resulting in around 6,900 fewer HIV tests;
- South Carolina could lose up to $99,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 400 fewer victims being served;
- And South Carolina would lose approximately $791,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.