California could lose 64,000 defense jobs if looming federal budget cuts start to take effect this week, the White House warned.
The administration released a state-by-state breakdown of how $85 billion in spending reductions will play out if lawmakers fail to reach a deal. The cuts are due to begin Friday.
The budget cuts stem from the “sequester,” which Congress passed and the president signed in 2011 as a way to force themselves to find more palatable federal spending reductions. Because no agreement was reached, across-the-board spending cuts will take a toll on domestic and military programs.
Few people support across-the-board reductions, but lawmakers appear powerless to find a way around them -- at least for now. Recent polls have shown that the public is more likely to blame Republicans if the cuts take effect.
President Obama is leading a campaign to spell out the consequences of the reductions. As part of that effort, the White House released the state-by-state breakdown on Sunday. According to the report, California’s losses would include:
- More than $87 million for primary and secondary education, and nearly $63 million for educating children with disabilities.
- More than $12 million in environmental funding, and nearly $2 million for fish and wildlife protection.
- About 64,000 civilian defense jobs, and millions in funding for military bases.
- About $15 million in public health funding, which would reduce the number of children who receive vaccines, the number of HIV tests and the state’s ability to respond to public health issues.
- More than $5 million for providing meals to seniors.
Other California programs facing reductions include law enforcement, Head Start and job-search assistance.
Effects on other states would include:
- 27,000 civilian Department of Defense employees in Alabama would be furloughed.
- 240 teacher and teacher’s aid jobs would be at risk in Arizona.
- $482,000 in law-enforcement funding would be lost in Michigan.
- 2,500 fewer Missouri children would receive vaccines for diseases such as rubella, Hepititis B and tetanus.
- About 3,320 fewer low-income Ohio students would get financial aid for college and about 1,450 fewer students would get work-study jobs to help pay for school.
- 700 fewer New Jersey women would get domestic-abuse services.
- Texas would lose $3.6 million to pay for meals for the elderly.
View the report for your state:
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia