Thursday, February 28, 2013
With March 1 sequester looming, district budgets are being drafted with decreased federal funding in mind.
With the sequester going into effect Friday, March 1, Freehold Borough and Freehold Township schools are budgeting the federal grants portion of their 2013-2014 district budget at 75 percent. According to a White House announcement, New Jersey faces cuts close to $30 million as well as drastic cuts made to health care programs and environmental protection now that Congress failed to halt $85 billion in "sequestration" spending cuts. Following the announcement, Freehold school business administrators explained that they do not know how the sequester could further impact their budgets. “The state has asked us to budget our federal grants for 2014 at 75 percent of what they are for 2013,” said Freehold Township School Business Administrator …
Should the White House and Congress fail to come to terms on budget cuts, sequestration would trim significant dollars from disaster recovery.
The numbers above show the federal employees in New Jersey by county in 2012, according to the latest figures from Eye on Washington, a DC-based lobbying firm that tracks federal employment. The interactive graphic compiles data from the Office of Personnel Management, Federal Employment Statistics and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. What it doesn't offer, however, is a look at how pending sequestration could impact the state's federal employees and the ongoing Hurricane Sandy recovery effort. Some officials say it's too soon to tell what impact sequestration cuts, which will total approximately $85 billion, could have, though the outlook isn't promising. New Jersey and Gov. Chris Christie are leaning on the federal government to cover the…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
If spending cuts take effect on March 1, education, health and environmental programs in Monmouth could be hit.
Sequestration spending cuts scheduled to go into effect on March 1 would halt $85 billion in funding. In a statement issued Sunday, the White House said New Jersey would lose $30 million in education funding and see 11,000 civilian Department of Defense jobs furloughed. This hub article contains links to Freehold stories about the possible impact of a sequester on Freehold and Monmouth County.
Services would be eliminated for 1,300 children in New Jersey if Congress doesn't act on automatic cuts, according to the White House.
Monmouth County Head Start programs are preparing for potential funding cuts following the White House’s announcement of the impact of a sequester on New Jersey. Acelero Learning, a group of Head Start learning centers, has multiple facilities in Monmouth County and provides care to expectant mothers and children up to 5 years old. According to a director at the Monmouth/Middlesex County Headquarters in Perth Amboy, the Acelero Learning Head Start programs have been expecting cuts in funding for months. "We have been aware of tax spending cuts since December with the fiscal cuts. We are preparing for cuts, but are advocating at the federal level to not lose programs,” said the director, who declined to give his name since he was not …