How Would U.S. 'Sequester' Budget Cuts Affect Georgia?

Education, job-search assistance and child vaccinations are among areas in Georgia that would be affected, the White House says.

Just when you got over the "fiscal cliff" -- get ready for the "sequester."

According to USA TODAY, the White House began warnings about the sequestration -- automatic budget cuts -- by issuing reports Sunday (February 24) on how the coming $85 billion in reductions will affect each of the 50 states.

With the cuts set to begin Friday, President Obama is expected to cite the state reports as part of his effort to pressure congressional Republicans over the sequestration.

In a statement, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said "surely" Obama can find a way to cut 2 to 3 percent from a $3.5 trillion budget. "Rather than issuing last-minute press releases on cuts to first responders or troop training or airport security, he should propose smarter ways to cut Washington spending," McConnell said.

-- How do you feel about the impending federal budget cuts? What should the president and Congress do? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

On Sunday, the White House released a state-by-state breakdown of how the budget cuts could play out. Here are some ways they could affect Georgia:

  • Teachers and Schools: Georgia will lose approximately $28.6 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 390 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 54,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 80 fewer schools would receive funding. In addition, Georgia will lose approximately $17.5 million in funds for about 210 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
  • Job Search Assistance to Help those in Georgia find Employment and Training: Georgia will lose about $873,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 33,160 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment.
  • Vaccines for Children: In Georgia around 4,180 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 $286,000.

The complete White House document on how sequestration cuts would affect Georgia is here.

Some other national effects could include:

  • Fingerprints and background checks: The FBI runs national data systems for fingerprint searches and background checks. The sequester ... could slow down investigations.
  • Meat and poultry inspections: The FDA warns that it might have to furlough meat and poultry inspections for up to 15 days. Meat plants would be unable to ship food if there were no inspectors.

A breakdown of how the cuts would affect all 50 states and the District of Columbia is here.

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Tom H February 26, 2013 at 10:29 PM
This president has given us 4 years of over spending. Democrats control the presidency and the senate all that time. Somehow they blame the Republicans. Sequestration was the president’s idea. According to the Constitution, an annual budget is his responsibility. But he has put off coming up with any budget. We call it kicking the can down the road. Well the end of the road is here. We are borrowing 35% of our spending from China. This can’t continue. Remember Obama or any other president takes your tax dollars and gives them away. It’s not his money. Yet we pay for his fun. The scary question is, how much would your taxes have to go up to balance Obama’s spending plan? Tom


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