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Sequestration Could Bring Big Cuts To NJ Education, Environment, Health Care

White House details what each state stands to lose if $85 billion in spending cuts take effect on March 1.

Funding for education in New Jersey would be slashed by nearly $30 million and drastic cuts made to health care programs and environmental protection should Congress fail to halt $85 billion in "sequestration" spending cuts scheduled to take hold March 1, the White House said Sunday.

The federal government would save $75 million by furloughing 11,000 civilian military contractors, and another $59 million by cutting funding to military bases.

The cuts would include:

  • Approximately $11.7 in funding for primary and secondary education.
  • About $17 million in funds for about 210 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
  • Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 1,300 children.
  • New Jersey would lose about $4,891,000 in environmental funding, and $472,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
  • Approximately 11,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed.
  • Army base operation funding would be cut by about $52 million in New Jersey. Funding for Air Force operations in New Jersey would be cut by about $7 million.
  • New Jersey will lose about $336,000 in Justice Assistance Grants.
  • Up to 600 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care.
  • Around 3,930 fewer children will receive vaccines.
  • New Jersey will lose approximately $840,000 in funds to help upgrade its ability to respond to public health threats, including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. New Jersey will lose about $2,330,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 3,100 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services will lose about $752,000 resulting in around 18,800 fewer HIV tests.
  • New Jersey could lose up to $187,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 700 fewer victims being served.
  • Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: New Jersey would lose approximately $488,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.

The total federal spending cuts would be about $1.2 trillion over the next nine years. Republicans have accused the president of using the impending cuts for political gain.

President Obama's plan asks for increased tax revenues to offset some of the trillion-dollar cuts.

LyingLiarsTellingLies March 01, 2013 at 06:39 PM
I am not your husband, please do not talk to me like that. Thank you.
LyingLiarsTellingLies March 01, 2013 at 06:41 PM
"Federal pay is low" That's the most laughable farcical myth there is. Factor in the strict hours, holidays, vacations and perpetual pensions, please and then get back to me.
LyingLiarsTellingLies March 01, 2013 at 06:43 PM
http://www.fedsmith.com/2012/03/25/average-federal-salary-lowest-average-pay/ "According to BEA data, the average federal employee salary in 2010 was $83,679 and $51,986 for the average private sector salary." If 83K for an average federal worker is "low" as opposed to 52K for private sector average, I'd love to see what constitutes "high".
LyingLiarsTellingLies March 01, 2013 at 06:49 PM
According to BEA data, the average federal employee salary in 2010 was $83,679 and $51,986 for the average private sector salary. http://www.fedsmith.com/2012/03/25/average-federal-salary-lowest-average-pay/ So, a 2.5% cut will make the average federal worker only make about 40% overpaid as opposed to private workers, most of such private workers of whom are lucky to get 2.5% annual raises and many of whom this year saw no raise, let alone a rapacious holiday schedule, tantalizing hours and a gooey pension package.
Ridgewood Mom March 01, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Gosh, I forgot for a minute that it is only acceptable call someone a LyingLiar if it is not true, and it is offensive to call someone such a thing if it is true. Likewise, that it is perfectly logical to dismiss a person's demonstrated truths, in favor of embracing a LyingLiar's demonstrated lies, if the person telling the truths is a woman.
Mike March 01, 2013 at 07:10 PM
You think the loopholes would even dent this problem, Really, you can take all of there salaries and it still wont help, not if the Govt keeps spending like this.. Believe me if the get more revenue they will not put it against the debt, they will spend that away too....
LyingLiarsTellingLies March 01, 2013 at 07:12 PM
What demonstrated truths have you provided, other than that you know absolutely nothing about the level of federal worker compensation.
Ridgewood Mom March 01, 2013 at 07:15 PM
If federal salaries seem high to you then you definitely get more from the government, in terms of services, then you pay into it via taxes. Mitt Romney does not consider you to be one of the industrious half of Americans. You are a 47% moocher. My recommendation is that you get a "well paid" public sector job, join a union and think a bit deeper about how much money a governor or president makes compared to a CEO. At the executive level, six figures is not a big accomplishment and seven figures won't get you anywhere near the Forbes 400 list, where you won't ever see the slightest hint of a single federal employee. It is the private sector that is robbing the private sector LyingLiarsTellingLies.
Ridgewood Mom March 01, 2013 at 07:17 PM
I demonstrated you lied about there being no furloughs.
LyingLiarsTellingLies March 01, 2013 at 07:20 PM
You thus re-demonstrate an acutely poor level of reading comprehension, in addition to having stated *repeatedly* that "federal pay is low", which is demonstrably false. Are there any other topics upon which you claim knowledge but actually have none. Want to talk fashion instead?
LyingLiarsTellingLies March 01, 2013 at 07:23 PM
You clearly have poor reading skills, as althought i may be a newsflash to you, there are other employees in the private sector besides CEOs and *many* others in th epublic sector besides "governors" and, on the average, they make 45% more than private sector workers, and that's not even taking into account the gooey pension packages, holiday schedule and clockwatching hours. I suggest you flip on something other than MSNBC or E! and educate yourself.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk March 01, 2013 at 07:23 PM
The richest counties in the country and now in Washington DC area. The largest producers of paper products and red tape in the world.
stewart resmer March 01, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Vice President Biden forgoes AF-2 to ride AMTRAK instead as he did for decades as a Senator from Delaware.
Mike March 01, 2013 at 07:48 PM
No, OMG what has this world come to? How undignified. I wonder how many people didn't get to work on time that day.. That's real Lost Revenue! So there you go, everything is fixed now.
b flake March 01, 2013 at 08:08 PM
As long as they followed the tax law I could care less how much they paid in tax whether that is $0 or more.
Adam March 01, 2013 at 08:46 PM
The biggest items that the federal govt. spends money on is: defense, medicare, medicaid and social security. So what do we cut?
Genesis Liu March 01, 2013 at 09:10 PM
As you may be aware, Hackensack Board of Education and the Union are in the process of teacher contract negotiations. It is unfortunate that many Abbott districts are receiving millions upon millions of dollars to support of these failing school districts (i.e., Newark, Camden, etc.) where administrators are receiving six figure salaries whilst the children in those schools are failing miserably. Yesterday, we protested outside of the Hackensack BOE office with no success. I started a petition with one of the parents, and to my surprise we’ve collected 100 signatures. The Hackensack Board members (I’m sure as other school boards) are having a hard time dealing with personal issues amongst themselves leaving parents, teachers and children out in the cold with no answers and we need help. Does anyone know how we can get media attention?
Mike March 01, 2013 at 09:38 PM
OK. if you refuse to look at the big picture, Lots of little things become a big thing, so your president keeps talking like all he has to go after are the big budgets, I would think that necessary programs require big budgets, but I can tell you that there are a LOT of little programs that can disappear without a whimper.... but that wont get the press this clown needs to scare everyone into accepting the will of the king. Cut the sh&t we dont need. SIMPLE.... Its a start, Maybe not enough, but until we can do at least that I dont want to here GIMMMEEE MORE!
Dazed not Confused March 01, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Some of the delusional comments on this board scare me a lot more than anything the gov. is doing or not doing. I also want to say what no one wants to hear: while there are cuts which can and should be made, it is nothing close to what we need to balance the budget. Some of us will have to pay more tax- deal with it. The U.S. happens to have the lowest personal tax of any 1st world country of <10 mil. population....see what that has brought us.
Mike March 01, 2013 at 09:53 PM
So to help a Junkie you need to get them off the stuff, The Govt is like a Junkie, if you give them more and more they will use more and more.. I say clean up your act before you say you need more...or at least show us that they are cleaning house.. Now that aspect is dismissed.. BS! Its waste at a such a level it makes me sick!
hsr March 01, 2013 at 11:18 PM
I wonder what would happen if Congresses pay was cut substantially and benefits were changed to what most working people get and at the same cost,also the same type of benefits to their families. Oh and stop the hidden benefits they get from big companies.. That would be interesting to see wouldn't it.
Nose Wayne March 01, 2013 at 11:25 PM
That would never happen, they give themselves raises.
Mike March 02, 2013 at 12:12 AM
I think all Politicians have done so much damage to the offices and positions that they hold, I cant see them ever getting any respect from anyone anytime soon. The behavior they have been engaging in is Childish, Where are the adults?? Dignity... Phooey!
Ridgewood Mom March 02, 2013 at 01:29 AM
A Graphic Guide to the Sequester http://www.propublica.org/article/a-graphic-guide-to-the-sequester
The Stig March 02, 2013 at 01:33 AM
It's official - Obama is waving the Red Flag. His "disaster" spin just never took. The American people want the government to start to REALLY reduce the deficit, not the phony stuff Obama tries to take credit for that never amounts to real savings. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/02/us/politics/obama-meets-with-congress-leaders-as-spending-cuts-near.html?hp&_r=0
Steven Serebrenik March 12, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Good job Paul... Tell the Teacher's UNION to take a 2% cut.... With all the waste that is inherent in all large organizations, you could find a crummy 2%. I agree CLOSE THE WHITE HOUSE....TO THE OBAMAS....they are always on vacation anyway.
Steven Serebrenik March 12, 2013 at 03:14 PM
After reading all this, I'm so happy our esteemed "president" has brought people together.
Steven Serebrenik March 12, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Thanks Mike!
Robert Young March 12, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Obama lies, Bengazi, Sequestration, Obamacare they are all lies from this Socialist/Communist. I am sure glad that the American public is waking up. Maybe some of you would have the nerve to stand out there with me. If so write me at ( youngbob532003@yahoo.com ) . WHERE ARE ALL THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR HIM?
Robert Young March 12, 2013 at 04:30 PM
WHAT MAKE ME LAUGH IS EVERYONE SITS ON THESE FORUMS AND NOTHING REALLY HAPPENDS. GET OFF YOUR ASSES AND MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD AND CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN OR REPS FROM THE STATE AND VOICE YOUR OPINIONN. I MAKE IT A POINT TO CALL SOMEONE EACH DAY. PEOPLE IT IS TIME TO REVOLT AGAINST OBAMAS COMMUNIST GOVERMENT. WAKE UPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP.

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