How automatic budget cuts could affect Montana

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 24, 2013 at 7:31 pm •  Published: February 24, 2013
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — 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.

Some examples of how automatic budget cuts could affect Montana:

EDUCATION

— About $1.5 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 20 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 2,000 fewer students would be served and about 20 fewer schools would receive funding.

— About $1.9 million for about 20 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

— About 80 fewer low income students would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.

— Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for about 200 children.

ENVIRONMENT

— About $1.2 million to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste.

— About $1.2 million in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

DEFENSE

— About 1,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $6.3 million in total.

— About $1.6 million would be cut to operate Army bases, and about $2 million from Air Force operations.

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