WASHINGTON, D.C. – With $85 billion in federal budget cuts set to take effect Friday unless lawmakers can reach an agreement to stop the sequester, the White House released a breakdown of how each state would be affected.
The automatic across-the-board cuts are the result of a 2011 compromise to allow the nation to raise the federal borrowing limit so the government could continue to meet its financial obligations.
Democrats support a plan to reduce the deficit through a mix of spending cuts and revenue increases by closing tax loopholes, but Republicans remain adamantly opposed to any tax increases.
Education: New Jersey stands to lose $11.7 million in funding for schools, putting 160 teacher and aide jobs at risk. Another $17 million in funds for education for children with disabilities would be cut, affecting 210 teachers, aides and staff. Approximately 1,300 children would lose access to Head Start and Early Head Start early education services, and more than 2,000 college students would lose aid or work-study jobs.
Military: Approximately 11,000 civilian Department of Defense workers would be furloughed, Army base operation funding would be cut by $52 million and Air Force operations funding would be cut by $7 million.
Children: Up to 600 disadvantaged children could lose access to child care, impacting their parents’ ability to hold down a job, and 3,930 fewer children will receive vaccinations for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and whooping cough.
Public Health: New Jersey will lose $2.3 million in grants to prevent and treat substance abuse, affecting approximately 3,100 people. The state will also lose $752,000 which would have paid for 18,800 HIV tests, and $840,000 in funds to upgrade its ability to respond to public health threats.
Environment: New Jersey will lose $4.9 million in funds to protect air and water quality, and $472,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
Nationwide, up to 2,100 fewer food inspections will occur, costing millions in lost food production and increasing the risk of food safety incidents. The FBI and other federal law enforcement entities would see a reduction in capacity equivalent to the loss of more than 1,000 agents. U.S. Customs and Border Protection would have to reduce work hours by the equivalent of over 5,000 border patrol agents and 2,750 customs officers, increasing airport delays and slowing the arrival of shipments to U.S. ports. National parks would operate with reduced hours or close.