WASHINGTON, DC – While the nation’s politicians continue to posture and point fingers at why the country is watching the clock on the sequestration issue, the White House says the following state-by-state report, featuring Michigan below, sheds light on the impact the sequester will have on jobs and middle class families across the country if a compromise to avert the sequester is not reached by March 1st.
The full report can be found at: http://www.harkin.senate.gov/documents/pdf/500ff3554f9ba.pdf
If sequestration were to take effect, some examples of the anticipated impacts on Michigan, additional to the national impacts, are:
…Teachers and Schools: Michigan will lose approximately $22 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 300 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 25,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 80 fewer schools would receive funding.
…Education for Children with Disabilities: In addition, Michigan will lose approximately $20.3 million in funds for about 240 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
…Work-Study Jobs: Around 2,490 fewer low income students in Michigan would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 1,300 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.
…Head Start: Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 2,300 children in Michigan, reducing access to critical early education.
… Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: Michigan would lose about $5.9 million in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Michigan could lose another $1.5 million in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
…Military Readiness: In Michigan, approximately 10,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $67.7 million in total.
…Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $14 million in Michigan.
...Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: Michigan will lose about $482,000 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.
…Job Search Assistance to Help those in Michigan find Employment and Training: Michigan will lose about $1.7 million in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement.
… Child Care: Up to 900 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care.
… Vaccines for Children: In Michigan around 4,400 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B due to reduced funding for vaccinations of about $301,000.
…Public Health: Michigan will lose approximately $944,000 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. In addition, Michigan will lose about $2.9 million in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 3,500 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the Michigan Department of Community Health will lose about $315,000 resulting in around 7,900 fewer HIV tests.
…STOP Violence Against Women Program: Michigan could lose up to $209,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 800 fewer victims being served.
…Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: Michigan would lose approximately $1.8 million in funds that provide meals for seniors.