How automatic budget cuts will impact Utah

Monday , February 25, 2013 - 5:45 AM

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Examples of how Utah could be affected by the automatic budget cuts that are set to take effect 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:

- Utah could lose about $6.2 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 90 teacher and aide jobs at risk. About 9,000 fewer students would be served and about 20 fewer schools would receive funding.

- The state could lose about $5.6 million in funds for about 70 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

- Head Start and Early Head Start would be eliminated for about 400 children.

ENVIRONMENT:

- Utah could lose nearly $1.3 million in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality and another $847,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

MILITARY READINESS:

- About 15,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $83.5 million.

- The state could lose $16 million in funding for Army base operations and $2 million for Air Force base operations.

LAW ENFORCEMENT:

- A $119,000 cut in grants that support law enforcement, prosecution, courts, crime prevention, corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.

JOBS:

- Utah could lose $525,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral and placement, meaning about 16,430 fewer people could get the help and skills they need to find jobs.

PUBLIC HEALTH:

- About 1,230 fewer children will receive vaccines due to reduced funding of about $84,000.

- The state could lose about $850,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse and up to $59,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence.

- A $347,000 cut in funds that provide meals for seniors.

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