How federal budget cuts could affect Alaska

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 24, 2013 at 7:35 pm •  Published: February 24, 2013
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The White House on Sunday released lists for each state of potential effects of automatic spending cuts set for Friday.

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.

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.

According to the White House, the cuts that could happen in Alaska include:

— Military funding: About 5,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $31.8 million. Army base operation would be cut by about $78 million in Alaska. Air Force operations in Alaska would be cut by about $12 million.

— Teachers and schools: Approximately $1.5 million for primary and secondary education would be cut, putting around 20 teacher and aide jobs at risk. About 2,000 fewer students would be served and 10 fewer schools would receive funding. The state also would lose $1.9 million for 20 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

— Early education: Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for about 100 children.

— Environmental protection: Alaska stands to lose about $1.8 million for clean water and air enforcement, pesticides and hazardous waste enforcement.