What Maine stands to lose if sequestration occurs

According to the White House Press Office, "the sequester" -- the series of automatic domestic and military cuts set to go into effect on March 1 (four days from today, for those without calendars) -- will impact Maine in many ways, including:

  • Maine will lose about $2.7 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting about 40 teacher and aide jobs at risk.
  • Approximately 50 fewer low-income students will get financial aid for college and about 60 fewer students will get work-study jobs to help them pay for college.
  • The state stands to lose about $1.4 million in environmental funding for clean air and water; plus almost $500,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection. 
  • Up to 100 fewer domestic violence victims will be served if Maine loses up to $28,000 in funds for services to victims of assault and abuse.
  • Losses of about $400,000 in the public health arena could mean 800 fewer admissions to substance-abuse programs and 1500 fewer HIV tests
  • A $200,000 reduction in nutrition assistance means fewer meals for senior citizens
On top of these state-specific cuts, the White House warns of slashed budgets nationwide for health research projects, small business loans, transition assistance for veterans, preschool programs (like Head Start), and homeless and emergency shelters.
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