New Jersey’s schools and military bases stand to be among the state’s biggest losers in automatic cuts to the federal budget set to take hold this week, according to a report that the Obama administration issued Sunday as it seeks to avoid the impending economic fallout.
The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers are based only on the $85 billion in cuts for this fiscal year, from March to September, that were set to take effect Friday.
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.
According to the White House, New Jersey would lose:
- About $11.7 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting about 160 teacher and aide jobs at risk.
- About $17 million in funds for about 210 teachers, aides and staff who help children with disabilities.
- Aid to help about 1,480 low-income students finance the costs of college as well as work-study jobs for about 650 students.
- Money for Head Start and Early Head Start services for about 1,300 children.
- Nearly $4.9 million to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste.
- $472,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
- About 11,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed.
- About $52 million to operate Army bases in the state, and about $7 million to pay for Air Force operations.
- About $336,000 for prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.
- Child care for as many as 600 disadvantaged and vulnerable children.
- $268,000 for vaccines for such diseases as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B, affecting about 3,930 children.
- About $840,000 to help the state respond to public health threats, including infectious diseases and natural disasters.
- About $2.33 million to help prevent and treat substance abuse, meaning about 3,100 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs.
- About $752,000 for health departments in the commonwealth, resulting in about 18,800 fewer HIV tests.
- About $187,000 for services to victims of domestic violence, affecting about 700 victims.
- About $488,000 to provide meals for seniors.