The big news right now is the government sequester that is about to go into effect. As part of the compromise to pass a fiscal cliff tax deal on January 1, politicians in Congress agreed that a sequester — or across the board cuts — would come into effect at the beginning of March if nothing were done to prevent the situation.
That deadline is here, and the cuts in government spending threaten jobs and programs in a number of states. Some states will be hit harder than others. Is your state on the list of hardest-hit states? Business Insider has a list of the 11 states likely to bear the worst:
- Texas: This state could lose about $67.8 million in education funding. Business Insider estimates that could mean slashing Head Start services for almost 5,000 children, and risking 930 teacher and aide jobs.
- New York: In the Empire States, there are expectations that public health funding will be the hardest hit by the sequester. More than $1 million will be affected for public health response, and almost $6 million will be taken from substance abuse programs, and almost $3 million from HIV testing.
- California: There are expectations that 64,000 civilian military furloughs will be enacted. Plus, there is the expectation of $87.6 million in education cuts.
- Virginia: Another state where defense is going to take a hit. 90,000 civilian DoD employees are expected to be furloughed in a sequester situation.
- Maryland: More military money is on the table in Maryland, where a $353.7 million gross pay reduction would be the result of DoD furloughs for civilian employees.
- Florida: Education is on the table in the Sunshine State, which could see $54.5 million in education cuts, affecting primary, secondary, and Head State programs.
- Pennsylvania: Child care services are on the chopping block in Pennsylvania. These services help close to 1,800 disadvantaged children get access to child care.
- Ohio: In an economy where jobs are important, Ohio could be the loser. Job-search assistance programs are facing cuts that would affect more than 57,000 would-be workers. Public health funding is also on the chopping block.
- Illinois: Public safety funds are likely to be affected by sequester in Illinois. About $587,000 in justice assistance grants are on the table, and there is also $33.4 million in education funding at stake.
- Michigan: In Michigan, it’s all about the seniors. Among the programs expected to be hit hardest are those that provide meals to seniors.
- Alaska: Fish and wildlife protection resources are at risk in Alaska.