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Jobs, Services Could Be Impacted by Federal Sequester Cuts on Both State, Local Level

In a breakdown released Sunday by the Obama White House, officials say the automatic cuts that would take effect Friday could have broad implications for the region, the state and the country.

Connecticut could lose "thousands of middle class jobs" and "vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and our men and women in uniform" under the automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequester that are looming this week, the White House said Sunday in a summary of the budget reductions.

Simsbury Director of Administrative Services Tom Cooke said the sequester will have a deeper impact on the state but could have unseen impacts on local businesses.

"At this point there is no direct impact [on Simsbury] that we're aware of," Cooke said. "I don't know whether we have businesses that will be affected by this. It's really businesses like Electric Boat and Pratt & Whitney that will be hit the hardest."

In East Granby, the sequester could have a negative impact on the Air National Guard, East Granby's largest employer, according to First Selectman Jim Hayden.

Malloy said on CNN Sunday that the cuts would result in the furlough of 576 National Guard personnel in Connecticut.

The budget cuts would see the state lose $8.7 million in education funding along with another $6.3 million in federal funds to help students with disabilities.

The cuts, the White House document says, would put "around 120 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 8,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 40 fewer schools would receive funding."

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy released a statement Monday on the cuts:

"The so-called sequester is another sad example of governing at its worst —Congress has to stop taking people’s jobs and our entire economy hostage to its own dysfunction. Friday’s deadline will bring devastating cuts to critical services and job losses in Connecticut and across the country. I strongly opposed the legislation that set this process in motion, and strongly support legislation to prevent the damage that these reckless cuts will do to our still fragile economy. It’s time for Congress to get over itself and work to make this right."

Other possible impacts of the sequestriation in Connecticut include:

  • Work-Study Jobs: Around 550 fewer low income students in Connecticut would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 470 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.
  • Head Start: Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 500 children in Connecticut, reducing access to critical early education.
  • Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: Connecticut would lose about $2 million in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Connecticut could lose another $398,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
  • Military Readiness: In Connecticut, approximately 3,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $15 million in total.
  • Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: Connecticut will lose about $153,000 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.
  • Job Search Assistance to Help those in Connecticut find Employment and Training: Connecticut will lose about $242,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 10,650 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment.
  • Child Care: Up to 200 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job.
Eric Voegtle February 27, 2013 at 12:38 PM
This is fear mongering at it's worst. This is a political game of chicken. Both sides are to blame and they think the American people see this as one side against the other. Hopefully everyone sees this as it really is, a broken and pathetic government where everyone is at fault..,including the President. It is interesting to hear the Democrats perpetuating the fear and then expect all of us to run to them for help...obviously government isn't the solution, it's the problem. It's like asking someone to fix something after they intentionally broke it...then expect payment.
Mike Bradley February 27, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Agree with Eric. Could someone explain how we lose services when the budget under the sequester is higher than before the sequester - just not as much of an increase sought by the free spenders in Washington?
Eric Voegtle February 27, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Good point Mike, the cuts are on growth, not what was already in the budget. And this is how the shell game works!
David Moelling February 27, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Same deal the towns and state do when asked to cut back. We get things like state parks closed when their user fees pay the entire bill and more. Ditto for transportation. It would not be bad for State and Local government to stop relying on the feds anyway
Renee Rossi February 28, 2013 at 01:35 AM
The Obama White House does it again .... They get newspapers to simply repeat their misinformation and flat-out lies without fact- checking. Come on, Patch, help me out here and please do a reality check before being just another main-stream media outlet for the White House. NONE of what you posted is true. Sad.
MAC March 03, 2013 at 03:23 AM
We all need a good laugh, in relief from O's hyperbolic declarations. You will be falling off your chair at this one! http://dailyrushbo.com/screaming-goat-version-of-obamas-dire-sequester-warning/ This is also great, and sounds like Adele: http://dailyrushbo.com/rush-let-the-skyfall-sequester-parody-song/ And from G. Will: “When the Obama administration increases on average 17 percent the budgets of the domestic agencies that are now facing a 5 percent cut, and they say this is intolerable, they reveal that the basic position of liberalism is this — whatever the size of the government is at any moment, it’s the bare minimum standing between us and chaos and misery, which just strikes the American people as facially preposterous. I mean, if you turned to any American family and said, ‘Could you find 2.3 percent savings?’ They would say, ‘Of course, we can do it by noon.’ dailycaller.com/2013/03/01/george-will-i-will-not-take-seriously-jay-carney-audio/#ixzz2MQ0412HL I join Mitt Romney in "criticizing President Barack Obama for 'berating Republicans' instead of leading." http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/1/romney-hits-obama-berating-republicans-first-comme/

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