Florida would lose at least $276 million in the first year alone from the so-called "sequester" deficit-reduction spending cuts, a White House report said Sunday, listing affected programs such as Head Start, military bases, vaccines for children and food for the elderly.
The report showed how far-reaching it said the cuts in government services would be in the Sunshine State if they were allowed to take effect on March 1. It does not detail how the state's private defense contractors would be affected by Pentagon cuts, nor how hospitals, doctors and medical researchers would be affected by cuts in health-care funding.
At the top was a cut of $135 million from aircraft depot maintenance work in Jacksonville. Next: $54.5 million from early-education services, reaching 95,000 fewer students, 130 fewer schools and putting 750 teacher jobs at risk.
Other possible reductions included $31.1 million from education for children with disabilities; $23 million from Air Force base operations; $5.2 million from clean-water, air quality, anti-pollution and other environmental services; $5 million from substance-abuse treatment work; and nearly $4 million from nutrition programs for seniors.
The lengthy list also showed cuts to Army base operations ($7 million); naval construction demolition projects in Jacksonville ($3.2 million); job-search assistance services ($2.3 million); public-health crisis response services ($1.8 million); public-health agency HIV preventive tests ($1.4 million); and fish and wildlife protection ($1.1 million).
Big cuts in military pay would mean furloughs for 31,000 civilian employees of the Department of Defense, the report said. Nearly $1 million would be cut from federal crime-prevention grants for state and local law enforcement agencies; $509,000 from vaccine programs for children; and $404,000 from programs to help prevent violence against women.
The report also listed funding cuts ahead for Head Start programs; work-study and college aid for students from low-income families; and federal child care for disadvantaged children. The report did not give dollar-value figures for those cuts.
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