Feb 24, 2013 8:00 PM by Q2 News

White House report details sequestration impact on Montana

BILLINGS- It seems that the game of politics is in full swing as the threat of sequestration looms less than a week away.

In case you haven't heard, this month's potential financial fiasco deals with expansive cuts ($1.2 trillion) to government agencies over a decade.

Both political parties are hoping to avoid these cuts as they would greatly impact both defense and domestic government programs but, as you might imagine, Democrats and Republicans have very different ideas about how to avoid the cuts while still addressing the country's budget deficit.

Today, the White House released a state-by-state study on how Americans would be impacted almost immediately by the budget cuts in the different arenas of our daily lives.

For instance, let's examine the funding of education in the state of Montana.

According to the report, the following would take place within the next year if sequestration goes into effect:

Teachers and Schools: Montana will lose approximately $1,536,000 in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 20 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 2,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 20 fewer schools would receive funding.

Education for Children with Disabilities: In addition, Montana will lose approximately $1,919,000 in funds for about 20 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

Work-Study Jobs: Around 80 fewer low income students in Montana would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and 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 200 children in Montana, reducing access to critical early education.

The seven page report also addresses cuts to programs which support Montana's military readiness, clean air and clean water, public health, job search assistance and public safety as well as many more.

If you would like to read the entire report, click here.


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