Federal budget cuts would hit military, education in Indiana

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Military and education would take big hits in Indiana from automatic cuts to the federal budget set to take effect this week, according to a report the White House issued Sunday.

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.

MILITARY -- In Indiana, about 11,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $64.4 million in total. Funding for Air Force operations in Indiana would be cut by about $7 million. Base operation funding for the Army would be cut by about $1.7 million. Scheduled shows by the Navy's Blue Angels in Indianapolis and Evansville could be canceled.

EDUCATION -- Indiana will lose approximately $13.8 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 190 teacher and aide jobs at risk. The state also will lose about $12.4 million in funds for about 150 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities. Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 1,000 Indiana children.

CHILD CARE -- Up to 600 disadvantaged children could lose access to child care.

ENVIRONMENT -- Indiana will lose about $3.3 million in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Indiana could lose another $739,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

PUBLIC HEALTH -- Indiana will lose about $1.7 million in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 1,100 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. The Indiana State Department of Health will lose about $146,000 resulting in about 3,700 fewer HIV tests. Funding for vaccines will be reduced by about $189,000, meaning about 2,770 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza and Hepatitis B.

SENIORS -- Indiana will lose about $820,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.

JOBS -- Indiana will lose about $683,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement.

LAW ENFORCEMENT -- Indiana will lose about $262,000 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.

ANTI-VIOLENCE PROGRAMS -- Indiana could lose up to $138,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 500 fewer victims being served. 


  • Federal Aid Stops - Taxes Go Up
    When Federal Aid is reduced, or Revenue Pass Downs Decreased, which is nothing more than sending federal taxes back to the states, the states have two options; cut the budget or raise revenues at the state level. People want the Federal Government out of their lives, so the reduction in Federal Budgets for items such as the National Guard, VA Healthcare Benefits for retired veterans, extended unemployment benefits, food stamps, federal support for police, fire and teachers, the Unemployment Department assistance with job searches, and a multitude of other assistance programs can either fall off the table or be reviewed by the State Legislature for funding. At the end of the day, when people are out of work and food stamps are gone, the State Budget for Law Enforcement and the National Guard will need to be increased. It appears that jobs may be created after all, if solely to maintain the peace.
  • Politicizing the cuts
    For the most part, we are not cutting costs, by merely reducing how much the increase is this year over last compared to what we thought we'd spend. Meanwhile, Obama has purposefully picked areas to cut that are perceived to do the most damage to maximize the political hit inflicted on Republicans. Don't fall for it. If we can't summon the willpower to cut 2% out of the budget, how the heck are we ever going to begin to close a deficit of 45% of what we spend?
  • Here Here!
    Infinitely agree the Fed needs to get out of the helping business! Push the responsibility to the states and the state tax roles. Force a line item referendum for taking responsibility for each. Those states that choose not to subsidize housing, health care and income will attract more business and more jobs because of substantially lower taxes on business and individual income. With greater local incomes more local purchasing can be done of food, products and services, thereby increasing more local jobs. Let's roll!
  • Faith Based Giving
    Many of the cuts listed seem like they could be handled by local churchs or United Way type programs. Let's get the government out of the "helping" business. I think the private sector can do a much better job for much less money. It also seems like the only need for some of the other programs is to keep bureaucrats employed.
      ARTICAL FAIled to mention that this will be a reduction on futuer spending.Also all of these programs will cost Indiana more of our tax dollars than we will recieve back.Inother words they will need more Tax dollars you & I.
    • Waste
      "Indiana will lose about $3.3 million in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste." Pure government waste. Our ancestors survived whatever pollution was in their world. We can too. However, what is less clear is whether we can survive in a world without heavily subsidized professional football, basketball, and auto racing. Our ancestors may have gotten by without those things, but their lives were immeasurably poorer for it. Best not to risk it.

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