Possible effects of federal budget cuts in Miss.

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 24, 2013 at 7:32 pm •  Published: February 24, 2013
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This is some of what Mississippi would lose, according to the White House, if a budget agreement does not stave off $85 billion in federal budget cuts that could take hold this week.

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, 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.

EDUCATION:

—Nearly $5.5 million for primary and secondary education, risking a total of about 80 teacher and aide jobs. About 12,000 fewer students and 20 fewer schools would get money.

—About $6.1 million for about 70 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

—College aid: Around 510 fewer low-income students in Mississippi would get money and about 150 would not get work-study jobs.

—Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for about 1,600 children.

POLLUTION

—Nearly $1.8 million to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste.

—$606,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

MILITARY

—About 9,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $49.9 million in total.

—Army: About $2.8 million to operate bases.



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