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A look at automatic budget cuts in Louisiana

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 24, 2013 at 3:52 pm •  Published: February 24, 2013

This is some of what Louisiana would lose, according to the White House, if a budget agreement does not stave off $85 billion in automatic budget cuts set to take hold this week.

The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers are based only on the $85 billion in cuts for this fiscal year, from March-September, that are set to take effect Friday.

As to whether states could move money around to cover shortfalls, the White House said that depends on state budget structures and the specific programs. The White House did not have a list of which states or programs might have flexibility.


—About $15.8 million for primary and secondary education, risking about 220 teacher and aide jobs.

—About $9.8 million for about 120 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

—College aid: about 540 fewer low-income students would get money and about 110 fewer would get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.

— Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for about 1,400 children.


—About $2.5 million to ensure clean water and air and prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste.

—$884,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.


—About 7,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by about $35.9 million.

—Army: About $58 million to operate bases.

—Air Force: About $8 million.

—Navy: A planned demolition project at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans and a scheduled Blue Angels show at Barksdale Air Force Base could be canceled.


—About $264,000 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.


—About $509,000 for job search assistance, referral, and placement, affecting about 17,150 people.

—Up to 600 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care essential for working parents.


—About $118,000 for vaccinations; 1,730 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza and Hepatitis B.

—$433,000 to improve ability to respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological events.

—$1.3 million in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in about 1,300 fewer admissions to programs.

—$320,000 for HIV tests, reducing number by 8,000.

—$97,000 for victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 400 fewer victims being served.

—$488,000 to provide meals for seniors.


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