will Obama and Congress reach a compromise?

Posted: February 27, 2013 in economic policy, Obama, politics, Republicans
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Sequester-Cartoon1Click HERE for this Seattle Times article:

State could lose millions if feds don’t reach budget deal


AND…read on:
   (and see below for a job-loss map.)

Unless Congress acts by this Friday, $85 billion in cuts are set to take effect between March and September.  Economists are in agreement – this is bad for our country.  In an already unstable economic environment, thousands of people will lose their jobs (see job-loss map below) and billions of dollars will be cut from vital services.  Will Congress and Obama work together to avert this?  For the third time in four years, we’re being taken to the brink of re-recession due to political games and stubbornness.

This week the white house detailed the potential fallout in each state and has been asking governors to brace for the pain.

Because I live in Washington State, I’m listing the programs that could be cut here….just as an example of how these recent congressional shenanigans could impact the country:

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.
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 children 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. 
    • sequester_map

 

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