The Norman Transcript

State/Region

February 25, 2013

How automatic budget cuts could affect state

OKLAHOMA CITY — The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers reflect the impact of the cuts this year. Unless Congress acts by Friday, $85 billion in cuts are set to take effect from March-September.

As to whether states could move money around to cover shortfalls, the White House said that depends on state budget structures and the specific programs. The White House did not have a list of which states or programs might have flexibility.

Education:

— Oklahoma will lose About $4.9 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 70 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 13,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 40 fewer schools would receive funding.

— Oklahoma will lose about $7.3 million in funds for about 90 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

— About 460 fewer low income students in Oklahoma would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 180 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.

—Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 800 children in Oklahoma, reducing access to critical early education.

Environment:

—Oklahoma would lose about $1,655,000 in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste.

— Oklahoma could lose about $998,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

Defense:

— In Oklahoma, about 24,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $123.9 million in total.

— Army base operation funding would be cut by about $48 million.

— Funding for Air Force operations in Oklahoma would be cut by about $20 million.

Law Enforcement:

— Oklahoma will lose about $193,000 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.

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