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How automatic budget cuts could affect New Mexico

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 24, 2013 at 7:29 pm •  Published: February 24, 2013


— New Mexico would lose $135,000 in grants for law enforcement.


— New Mexico would lose $257,000 in funding for job-search assistance. That translates to 9,600 fewer people getting help to find jobs.


— Up to 400 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care.


— About 790 fewer children will receive vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza and Hepatitis B.

— The state will lose $197,000 for improving its ability to respond to public health threats, such as infectious diseases, natural disasters and other events. In addition, New Mexico will lose about $450,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse. The state also will lose $84,000 resulting in around 2,100 fewer HIV tests.


— New Mexico could lose up to $40,000 for services to victims of domestic violence, meaning 200 fewer victims could be served.


— More than $400,000 for providing meals to seniors could be lost.


— U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not be able to keep the same staffing levels of Border Patrol agents and CBP officers. Funding and staffing reductions would increase wait times at airports and weaken security between ports of entry. The White House didn't provide specific financial figures on how the budget cuts will affect ports of entry in New Mexico.