The sequester impact state-by-state

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Reporter - Briana Conner
Editor - Randall Barnes

PADUCAH, Ky.— The White House released more in-depth figures for each state that spell out exactly how the sequester will impact people in our area.

The first of five big agencies that will have to deal with smaller budgets after the sequester is education. Primary and secondary funding will go down by a combined $72 million in Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, and Tennessee. That could mean teacher layoffs and fewer services for students.

The Principal Deputy Director of The National Economic Council says higher education systems could also be affected. "When you are squeezing state budgets the way the sequester would, it puts pressure on the states. What some, in turn, will do is squeeze things they do. One of the biggest uses of any state budget is public education," said Jason Furman.

40 thousand people working for the military in the Local 6 region will be forced to lose more than $215 million due to furlough days. Base operations will also be reduced by almost $222 million.
Furman said, "This is going to affect military readiness. This is going to have an adverse effect on everything we do to defend the country."

People looking to work in the private sector will also have a tough time after the sequester.
Local agencies face more than $3.3 million in cuts to job search assistance programs. That means about 117,000 fewer unemployed people will have the skills and training to help them find work. "It's important to understand that the bulk of lost jobs would be private jobs, because of reduced economic activity associated with the sequester," said Furman. 

Health is also at issue. Our four states stand to lose more than $2.5 million in funding that helps fend off public health threats.

Clean air and water spending will also be reduced by the sequester by about $14.5 million in the Local 6 area.

 

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