At a glance: How automatic budget cuts could affect Oklahoma

by Chris Casteel Published: February 25, 2013

The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers reflect the impact of the cuts this year. Unless Congress acts by Friday, $85 billion in cuts are set to take effect from March-September. As to whether states could move money around to cover shortfalls, White House officials 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.

Education

• Oklahoma will lose about $4.9 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting about 70 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 13,000 fewer students would be served and about 40 fewer schools would receive funding.

• Oklahoma will lose about $7.3 million in funds for about 90 teachers, aides and staff who help children with disabilities.

• About 460 fewer low income students in Oklahoma would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and about 180 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 800 children

in Oklahoma, reducing access to critical early

education.

Environment

• Oklahoma would lose about $1,655,000 in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste.

• Oklahoma could lose about $998,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

Defense

• In Oklahoma, about 24,000 civilian Defense Department employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by about $123.9 million in total.

• Army base operation funding would be cut by about $48 million.

• Funding for Air Force operations in Oklahoma would be cut by about $20 million.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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