In the real world, the mechanism will have a significant impact among small-business owners, workers and consumers. While $85 billion may only be a small percentage of the federal government’s overall budget, many of these cuts will be felt in key areas including:
- Staff and budget reductions at primary schools and high schools
- Reduction in funds available for financial aid and work-study programs
- Reduction in the number of students with access to Head Start early education programs
- Reduction in job-search assistance programs
- Military expenditure reductions and hundreds of thousands of civilian jobs furloughed
- Justice assistance grants for law enforcement curtailed
- Child care access eliminated for thousands of students
- Reduction in development funds for vaccines for children
- Reduction in funding for public health programs
- Reduction in nutrition assistance for seniors
A state by state breakdown of sequestration cuts and their local impact is available online.
[The Washington Post]
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