At a glance: How automatic budget cuts could affect Oklahoma

by Chris Casteel Published: February 25, 2013
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Law enforcement

• Oklahoma will lose about $193,000 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.

Employment

• Job Search Assistance to help those in Oklahoma find employment and training will lose about $339,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning about 12,080 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find jobs.

• Up to 500 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care, which also is essential for working parents to hold down a job.

Health

• About 1,490 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza and hepatitis B because of reduced funding for vaccinations of about $102,000.

• Oklahoma will lose about $358,000 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.

• Oklahoma will lose about $880,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in about 800 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs.

• The Oklahoma State Department of Health will lose about $98,000 resulting in about 2,400 fewer HIV tests.

• Oklahoma could lose about $298,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.

Services

• Oklahoma could lose up to $74,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 300 fewer victims being served.

Associated Press


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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