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How Hawaii could be affected by cuts

February 25, 2013
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The White House on Sunday released lists for each state of potential effects of the automatic spending 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 are based only on the $85 billion in cuts for this fiscal year, from March to September

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.

The cuts that could happen in Hawaii include:

* Military Funding: Approximately 20,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $134.1 million. Funding for Army base operation would be cut by about $106 million, while funding for Air Force operations would be cut by about $15 million. Maintenance and repair of the USS Chafee could be canceled.

* Teachers and Schools: Hawaii will lose about $4.7 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 60 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition, about 9,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 20 fewer schools would receive funding. The state will also lose about $2 million in funds for about 20 teachers, aides and staff who help children with disabilities. Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 200 children.

* Environmental Funding: Hawaii would lose about $1.3 million in funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as to prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. The state could lose another $359,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

* Law Enforcement: Hawaii will lose about $79,000 in 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.

* Unemployment: Hawaii will lose about $111,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral and placement for around 4,130 unemployed people.

* Public Health: Hawaii will lose approximately $130,000 in funds to help upgrade its ability to respond to public health threats. The state will also lose about $380,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, and about $52,000 in funding for vaccinations for children.

* Seniors: Hawaii would lose approximately $189,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.

* Women: Hawaii could lose up to $29,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence.



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