Time is running out for Congress to reach an agreement on the budget stalemate in Washington. The sequester – $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts – will kick in this week if lawmakers don't strike a deal.
The cuts could have a dramatic impact on state revenues, and the White House has released a state-by-state breakdown of the effect.
Big military cuts would affect many at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, but we're also learning that education would be greatly impacted as well.
According to the White House, Florida stands to lose more than $54 million in funding for primary and secondary education. What exactly does that mean? It would likely put around 750 teacher and teacher's aide jobs at risk.
It would also mean less funding for many of our schools. The report also talks about cutting $30 million in funds to education for children with disabilities, including jobs for special-needs teachers or aides.
Head start and early start services would be eliminate for around 2,700 children, and some funding for children's vaccinations and health care are among potential cuts, about a $500,000 cut for our state.
It would mean around 7,500 would not be receiving vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and whooping cough, among others.
As for MacDill, the report indicates around 31,000 Department of Defense employees in Florida would be furloughed, with many coming from right here.
Read a .PDF of the full report here: http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/607950/sequester-cuts-florida.pdf
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