Blame game intensifies as big cuts loom

first_imgHow budget cuts could affect Washington stateThe 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.Some examples of programs that could be cut in Washington state:EDUCATION:$11.6 million for primary and secondary education, putting 160 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition, about 50 fewer schools would receive funding.$11.3 million for education of children with disabilities, jeopardizing the jobs of 140 teachers, aides and staff.Around 440 fewer low-income students in Washington would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college.About 1,000 children would be cut from Head Start and Early Head Start services.ENVIRONMENT:$3.3 million to help ensure clean water and air, and prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste.In addition, Washington could lose $924,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.MILITARY:Furloughs for 29,000 civilian Department of Defense workers would reduce gross pay by $173.4 million.Army base operation funding would be cut $124 million.POLICE:About $271,000 in grants that support law enforcement, courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.EMPLOYMENT:$661,000 for job search assistance, referral and placement.CHILD CARE:Up to 800 disadvantaged and poor children could lose access to child care.VACCINES:2,850 fewer children will receive vaccines.DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:$143,000 for providing services to victims of domestic violence.SENIORS:$1 million for providing meals to seniors.PUBLIC HEALTH:$1.7 million in grants to prevent and treat substance abuse.$642,000 to help respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear or radiological events.WASHINGTON — The White House and Republicans kept up the unrelenting mudslinging Sunday over who’s to blame for roundly condemned budget cuts set to take effect at week’s end, with the administration detailing the potential fallout in each state and governors worrying about the mess.But as leaders rushed past each other to decry the potentially devastating and seemingly inevitable cuts, they also criticized their counterparts for their roles in introducing, implementing and obstructing the $85 billion budget mechanism that could affect everything from commercial flights to classrooms to meat inspections. The GOP’s leading line of criticism hinged on blaming Obama’s aides for introducing the budget trigger in the first place, while the administration’s allies were determined to illustrate the consequences of the cuts as the product of Republican stubbornness.last_img read more