Federal Sequester In Connecticut: Middle Class Jobs at Stake

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


Connecticut could lose 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.  

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."

Other possible impacts of the sequestriation in this state 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.
amelia ward February 25, 2013 at 09:35 PM
That state income tax increase in July, which was retroactive to January, didn't help? hmmm I suspect that the federal Governent's threat to cut state funding for needed services, most especially, police, fire, teachers and aides, could at best be considered a misdirected consequence; at worse, a tactic to avoid other areas where real cuts would make sense.
DS February 26, 2013 at 11:44 AM
This is the M.O. of the government going forward. Fiscal Cliff, Sequester, etc.. Every couple of months there are threats of financial holocaust and congress is pressured into spending more.. CUT THE DAM SPENDING... All or most of the programs listed above don’t a significant impact on Trumbull taxpayers so I say keep cutting!
CommonSense February 26, 2013 at 05:50 PM
What's new here??? This State in Particular has been on a downward trend. Lack of Jobs (and businesses movong out of state for over 20 yrs) One of the highest 'taxed' states in the Union. No accountability. Well folks we got the government "The people voted for" StateWide and Nationally. Now you're worried? "They" keep talking about alot of government/bureaucratic jobs gone. Did anybody talk about the private sector jobs that have been on a steep decline for the past 4 years? That too is StateWide and Nationally. So I am not quite sure why everyone is 'surprised'. Parents are always demanding their kids get a 'good education'....... Maybe the adults better re-educate themselves about and quickly....the clock is ticking!!!!
MAC February 26, 2013 at 10:40 PM
The GAO recently stated that there is over 100 Billion $$ in WASTE, just from the "Executive" dept. of the Fed gov't. Their dirty 'secret' is that even with the sequester spending will increase, and that Obama is the one who suggested it to congress! In fact, in Nov. 2011 he stated that if congress tried to repeal the sequester he would VETO it!! Such hypocrisy from Himes and O! Obama is now out campaigning--again--for higher TAXES, choosing the worst possible places to reduce spending, because he can't risk the people seeing actually how small the impact would be if they did the "reductions" in a smart way!!
MAC March 01, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Fed. gov't workers should have to feel a little of the pain suffered in the private sector. Even Obama is now fearing how little the economic effects of "sequester" will be, so he's now trying to downplay and contradict his former hyperbole and warnings of DISASTER if it's not prevented. For those not up to speed on the latest Chicago thuggery tactics from the WH against those trying to tell the truth about O's false claims about sequester, see this: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/28/woodward-isnt-alone-former-clinton-adviser-and-obama-supporter-claims-white-house-threatened-over-his-articles-too/ And talk about hyperbole and uninformed exaggerations from Dems in congress, see this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEVr9sTwTwY (Maxine Waters: Sequester Could Cause 'Over 170 Million Jobs' To Be Lost)


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