How automatic budget cuts could affect Nevada
February 27, 2013
RENO (AP) — Examples of how Nevada could be affected by the automatic budget cuts that are set to take effect this week. 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 to September. EDUCATION: • Nevada could lose about $9 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 120 teacher and aide jobs at risk. About 14,000 fewer students would be served and about 10 fewer schools would receive funding. • The state could lose about $3.8 million in funds for about 50 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities. • Head Start and Early Head Start would be eliminated for about 300 children. ENVIRONMENT: • Nevada could lose about $1.1 million in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality and another $764,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection. MILITARY READINESS: • About 3,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $12.1 million. • The state could lose $1.2 million in funding for Army base operations and $2 million for Air Force base operations. LAW ENFORCEMENT: • A $181,000 cut in grants that support law enforcement, prosecution, courts, crime prevention, corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives. JOBS:• Nevada could lose $291,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral and placement, meaning 10,820 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find jobs. PUBLIC HEALTH: • About 1,150 fewer children will receive vaccines due to reduced funding of about $78,000. • The state could lose about $690,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse and up to $57,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence. • A $424,000 cut in funds that provide meals for seniors.