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White House details sequestration's impact on Minnesota

Minnesota would lose about $3 million in environmental funding
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Minnesota would lose about $3 million in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality.

Teachers and Schools: Minnesota will lose approximately $7 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 100 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 8,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 40 fewer schools would receive funding.

• Education for Children with Disabilities: In addition, Minnesota will lose approximately $9.2 million in funds for about 110 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

Work-Study Jobs: Around 920 fewer low income students in Minnesota would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 500 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.

Head Start: Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 700 children in Minnesota, reducing access to critical early education.

Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: Minnesota would lose about $3 million in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Minnesota could lose another $1.6 million in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

Military Readiness: In Minnesota, approximately 2,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $12.5 million in total.

Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $2.5 million in Minnesota.

Navy: A scheduled Blue Angels show in St. Cloud could be canceled.

Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: Minnesota will lose about $201,000 in Justice Assistance Grants that support law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.

Job Search Assistance to Help those in Minnesota find Employment and Training: Minnesota will lose about $689,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 23,270 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment.

Child Care: Up to 500 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job.

Vaccines for Children: In Minnesota, around 2,360 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B due to reduced funding for vaccinations of about $161,000.

Public Health: Minnesota will lose approximately $507,000 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. In addition, Minnesota will lose about $1.2 million in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 1,700 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the Minnesota Department of Health will lose about $127,000 resulting in around 3,200 fewer HIV tests.

STOP Violence Against Women Program: Minnesota could lose up to $113,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 400 fewer victims being served.

Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: Minnesota would lose approximately $845,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.

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As I understand it, any fallout from sequestration does not happen on March 1. But rather, after furloughs and other cut backs actually go into effect. Furloughs require 30 day notice to employees. A freight train does not stop on a dime. Neither does any large organization. Who is to blame if people wake up on March 1 and assume all is ok because they don't notice anything different? The media-because all they talk about is March 1. Even a tsunami starts with a tiny ripple.

I think you will find that the furlough notices have already

gone out to DOD employees.

The more the State depends on Federal Government money

The more likely the State will suffer if that money goes away. If we can't patch the hole that is left, should we take the chance in the first place? With an ever increasing Federal debt, cuts in spending become a necessity. Plan ahead to be safe and be solvent when other states go under.


Why is the Federal Government providing these services? These look like services that are better managed on a State or Local Government basis. How have we migrated to a point where we send money to Washington D.C. to have the money sent back to the State where the services need to be managed in the first place? This looks like a system that is ripe for reform.