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Sequestration Could Bring Big Cuts To NJ Education, Environment, Health Care

White House details what each state stands to lose if $85 billion in spending cuts take effect on March 1.

Funding for education in New Jersey would be slashed by nearly $30 million and drastic cuts made to health care programs and environmental protection should Congress fail to halt $85 billion in "sequestration" spending cuts scheduled to take hold March 1, the White House said Sunday.

The federal government would save $75 million by furloughing 11,000 civilian military contractors, and another $59 million by cutting funding to military bases. 

The cuts would include:  

  • Approximately $11.7 million in funding for primary and secondary education.
  • About $17 million in funds for about 210 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
  • Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 1,300 children.
  • New Jersey would lose about $4,891,000 in environmental funding, and $472,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
  • Approximately 11,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed.
  • Army base operation funding would be cut by about $52 million in New Jersey. Funding for Air Force operations in New Jersey would be cut by about $7 million.
  • New Jersey will lose about $336,000 in Justice Assistance Grants.
  • Up to 600 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care.
  • Around 3,930 fewer children will receive vaccines.
  • New Jersey will lose approximately $840,000 in funds to help upgrade its ability to respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events.New Jersey will lose about $2,330,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 3100 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services will lose about $752,000 resulting in around18,800 fewer HIV tests.
  • New Jersey could lose up to $187,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 700 fewer victims being served.
  • Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: New Jersey would lose approximately $488,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.

The total federal spending cuts would be about $1.2 trillion over the next nine years. Republicans have accused the president of using the impending cuts for political gain.

President Obama's plan asks for increased tax revenues to offset some of the trillion-dollar cuts.

KRaz February 26, 2013 at 12:35 AM
As a lucky DOD Civilian, I'll be furloughed for 22 days over the next 4 months ... why aren't our elected officials (who already make too much money) taking a pay cut? WTH???
Fred RBPatch February 26, 2013 at 01:27 AM
I believe Obama wants the sequestration to happen. The more he makes the sheep believe that the sky will fall, the more credible he'll sound when the slightest little blip on the economic radar appears. Then he can preach, See! The GOP got what they wanted and look what happened. NOW it's MY turn. Then he'll spend MORE! Its all a ruse! Obama's legacy may be that he was the most polarizing president in recent history, but his "spin team" was brilliant! And the real bad consequence is, is that the Republicans don't know how to counter.
BobDee February 26, 2013 at 02:00 AM
lol...Bush,,,what was that like 10yrs ago??? Wake up.
BobDee February 26, 2013 at 02:02 AM
What the hell's Cheesesteak got to with this??? Wake up.
BobDee February 26, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Q: What's the difference between Bush and Obama? A: Nothing
KC February 26, 2013 at 06:20 AM
Wait I know, Let's ask the corporations to bail us out! Verizon, Ford, City Bank, Skank of America. etc etc.
KC February 26, 2013 at 06:22 AM
Sequester NOT Equestrian Speak the Kings English and tell them you need one of those teachers they are looking to lay off. ASAP.
KC February 26, 2013 at 06:27 AM
Oh my goodness has anyone noticed the drek they are trying to pass off as clothing and housegoods in stores like Burlington Coat Factory, Walmart, and JCPenny? It is like the world is coming to end for us even when we shop. We have the Cambodian immigrants who this their stuff is all the bomb. Then we have Nordstroms and Lord and Taylor. That is it. Everyone else has folded here in town. Marshalls about the only game left but a lot of their stuff is borderline too. We who cannot abide spending at Nordstroms are reduced to shopping at Target. Dear God hell will have to freeze over first. what a bunch of drek. The chinese aren't even trying to hide the fact that they are making the goods crappier than ever cause we still owe them money. I can sew better - and I can't sew really.
Donna Griffin February 26, 2013 at 06:30 AM
Spooner - Actually, the term is "furlowed" and the latest reports indicate that the "cuts" in Defense Department positions actually translate into effected employees going to a 4-day work week rather than the traditional 5-day week. We desperately need to make cuts and NO ONE in Washington can agree as to where those should occur. Since Sequestration was the President's proposal prior to the election, surely he should be a man of his word and follow through in lieu of the last 4 years without a federal budget.
Concerned Westfield Citizen February 26, 2013 at 01:45 PM
More scare tactics. Too bad the Patch is regurgitating them.
Opinionated February 26, 2013 at 01:46 PM
There will be a problem with any bipartisan work because you have a president who makes a proposal that is agreed upon and then he says it's horrible and then blames it on the other party. But I fault the reps because they refuse the greatest threat to America, our freedom, and the future of our children is the Hostage-taker-in Chief! They are either too spineless or gullable to realize that. Save those poor emergency people, please!
John Hay February 26, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Get you free desktop computer Sequestration Countdown Clock here: http://www.orijinations.com/HTML/JH/Sequestration.html
Irina February 26, 2013 at 04:02 PM
BEWARE...MY COMPUTER ID'd THIS AS SPYWARE....BEWARE
Irina February 26, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Take PTO....I'm a DOD Civ too and that's what I'm taking.
Irina February 26, 2013 at 04:05 PM
**BEWARE, my computer ID'd this as SPYWARE...BEWARE
Irina February 26, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Who cares.....Cut bloated teachers pay and government handouts. These are all long overdue to be cut. Wanna save a tremendous amount of $, drug test all folks who collect welfare, foodstamps, SS Disability.
Spooner February 26, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Donna- bringing up old wounds are you...we've tangled before over SCOTUS rulings. I just love how yous balkanize and compartmentalize "sequestration" . . .as if it was pulled out of a bottle and put on the table by the Obama administration! Please don't insult our intelligence...sequestration came about as an alternate to default, but in your mind bent...you would have preferred default? It is obvious from your off the cuff remarks(cut, cut, cut) that you have know understanding of macroeconomics, until cut, cut, cut personally affects you and/or your family's livelihood. Those thousands of ship yard workers down in Newport News, VA would welcome you I'm sure.
John Romano February 26, 2013 at 04:42 PM
....here's the REAL bottom line: You cannot properly build a Socialist regime by cutting spending. All those that 'have' must feel sorry for, and in turn, pay for all those that 'have not' ....until of course no one has anything ...then we're all equal ...and the czar at the top is content. ...of course ...as history has shown ...all those that are then equal in their "have not" status ....get really miffed and rise up to violently overthrow the czar.
Stinger February 26, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Mr. President, "No", is such an ugly word. May I suggest you get used to hearing it and learn to work with what you have. Best Regards, Stinger
South End February 26, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Dozer - John Kerry, in his first week as SoS, cried that you CANT CUT FOREIGN AID. So lets recap: State can't cut foreign aid. The Right can't cut Defense. The Left can't cut social programs. That leaves us with ???????
Richard Chimento February 27, 2013 at 06:20 AM
Spooner, there wouldn't have been any default. We have enough income going to the government to cover our debt obligations, Obama just has to make the decision to pay those obligations. A government shutdown would be preferable to whats in store for us if they don't stop bankrupting this country into a third world nation.
Richard Chimento February 27, 2013 at 06:24 AM
My job has had me on 4 day work weeks since last May due to the economy and slow sales. Sorry you have to take a hit, but we're all suppose to have "skin in the game" right?
Spooner February 27, 2013 at 06:50 AM
Richard- a new default would come if the Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling. Yes there is money to pay the current debt. . .but it's the growing debt that continues to need reauthorization. Actually this sequester is all bull... to provide cover for the real meat and potato cuts...Social Security and Medicare. The Congress is attempting to use this sequester subterfuge to shaft the middle class with such dogged rhetoric, looking for for sympathy and understanding from the people. The truth of the matter is that the deficit as a percentage of GDP has been coming down with the tax increase...and has more of the bulk of baby boomers begin to draw down their retirement monies because of forced withdrawals, there will be even more tax revenue coming into the Treasury.
John B Taxpayer February 27, 2013 at 11:21 AM
The Patch is becoming a Junior white House Press Corp! This is spit in the ocean $ were did the writer get this BS from? This years budget adds $15 BILLION more that last year and now they have to reduce THAT increase by $85 million. Misinformed voters will help obama's "Sky is Falling" mentality, But you at the Patch should be ashamed of yourselves for publishing this Bull!
Monk February 27, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Sequestration = Increased spending just won't be as increased as Obama hoped. Now that's what I call fiscal responsibility in the face of a $16.5 trillion debt, sarcasm intended.
Jane Doe February 27, 2013 at 05:19 PM
There was a time when violence, gore, smut & curses were understood to be addicting crap, & were censored. That was billed as Big interfering nanny gov't by conservatives, who have been cutting funds to FCC, NEA & anything else standing between media corporate pimps & their hapless johns since the 1980's.
John Hay March 01, 2013 at 02:46 PM
New time left until Sequestration desktop countdown clock here: http://www.orijinations.com/HTML/JH/Sequestration.html Time left until Sequestration desktop countdown clock here: http://www.orijinations.com/HTML/JH/Sequestration.html
Tucker March 01, 2013 at 05:11 PM
It's expensive cleaning up Bush's messes. lol @ these nickel and dime ideological musings when we dropped a cool $2 trillion in Iraq.
Dentss Dunnagun March 01, 2013 at 05:59 PM
If we can't even cut federal spending by 2.4 percent without much of the country throwing an absolute hissy fit, then what hope does America have? All of this whining and crying about the sequester is absolutely disgraceful. The truth is that even if the sequester goes into effect, the U.S. government will still take in more money than ever before in 2013 and it will still spend more money than ever before in 2013. So it is a bit disingenuous to call what is about to happen "a spending cut", but for the sake of argument let's concede that point. If this is how bad things are now, how bad will they be when a day of reckoning for our economy arrives? And a day of reckoning is coming. Our politicians can try to keep kicking the can down the road for as long as they can, but eventually time will run out. We can borrow our way to prosperity for a while, but in the end there is always a very bitter price to pay for doing so. I would love to tell you that there is a chance that all of this will be turned around, but the truth is that all of this whining and crying about the sequester shows that America is doomed.
SonOfLiberty March 01, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Sequestration was Obama's idea back when he was campaigning for the most recent election and he threatened to veto ANYTHING the would stop it. Made him look like he was really tough on the budget and the deficit. Now that he has been elected, he wants his spending back, and he uses the age old rhetoric of Chicken-Little-Speak to scare the People into thinking we are on the cusp of an economic and public service tragedy. Cops won't show up for hours when you call 911, houses will burn to the ground due to cuts in fire fighters, people will die from common accidents because of degradation in EMS Services, and children will starve because school lunch programs will be cut and parents are too stupid to figure out how to feed them. Do you not even understand this is not an actual CUT in spending, it is just slowing the rate of growth. Even with sequestration we will still be spending more in 2013 than we did in 2012. It is like saying instead of spending $3.78 this year we are going to spend $3.74 which is still more then the $3.72 we spent last year. It is literally a 1% reduction in the RATE of spending growth. Are we really so fragile that the state of our national economy lies in the balance of a 1% reduction in the rate of Federal spending? If so, we have bigger problems, a.k.a. Greece anyone? Obama OWNS this fabricated crisis!!!!

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