Federal report lists sequester effects in state funding

Mar 20, 2013 Staff

The White House last week released state-by-state impacts of the sequester, which went into effect last week and will result in funding cuts to governments and programs throughout the nation.

In Wyoming, reductions this year reportedly will affect several agencies that serve state residents.

Students and children

According to the White House, Wyoming will lose approximately $1.15 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 20 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition, reports state about 1,000 fewer students would be served and fewer schools will receive funding.

For students with disabilities, the White House report says Wyoming will lose about $1.51 million in funds for about 20 teachers, aides and staff. And about 130 fewer low-income students in Wyoming will receive aid to help them finance the costs of college, while around 40 fewer students will have access to work-study jobs that help them pay to go to college.

Head Start and Early Head Start services will be eliminated for about 100 children in Wyoming, a move that the White House says will reduce access to critical early education.

Beyond school, Wyoming reportedly is set to lose about $167,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 6,260 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment.

Public safety

The sequester will affect military readiness, law enforcement and crime prevention and the availability of public health services according to the White House report.

In Wyoming, approximately 1,000 civilian Department of Defense employees reportedly will be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $5.2 million in total. Base operation funding for the Army reportedly will be cut by about $1.3 million in Wyoming, and funding for Air Force operations will be cut by about $8 million.

The state also will lose about $36,000 in Justice Assistance Grants that support law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives, the report states.

In the public health arena, the White House report says 230 fewer Wyoming children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influ-enza, and Hepatitis B due to a $16,000 reduction in funding for vaccinations.

Also, Wyoming reportedly will lose about $352,000 in funds that were meant to help enhance the state's ability to respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events.

The White House report said Wyoming will lose about $170,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 600 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the Wyoming State Depar-tment of Health reportedly will lose about $38,000 resulting in around 1,000 fewer HIV tests.

The STOP Violence Against Women Program in Wyoming could lose up to $12,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 100 fewer victims being served, the White House report said.

The report also stated that Wyoming will lose about $205,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.

Wyoming Department of Health officials this week said the cut to the state's nutrition program actually will reach about $194,000.

Environmental protections

Wyoming reportedly will lose about $1,1 million in environmental funding that is used to ensure clean water and air quality and to prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste.

The White House reports says Wyoming could lose another $787,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

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