If sequestration takes effect, some examples of the impacts on Arkansas this year alone are:
Teachers and Schools: Arkansas will lose approximately $5.9 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 80 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 10,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 30 fewer schools would receive funding.
Education for Children with Disabilities: In addition, Arkansas will lose approximately $5.6 million in funds for about 70 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
Work-Study Jobs: Around 380 fewer low income students in Arkansas would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 110 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 600 children in Arkansas, reducing access to critical early education.
Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: Arkansas would lose about $1.6 million in
environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Arkansas could lose another $842,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
Military Readiness: In Arkansas, approximately 4,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $19.2 million in total.
--Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $1.6 million in Arkansas.
--Air Force: Funding for Air Force operations in Arkansas would be cut by about $2 million.
Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: Arkansas will lose about $159,000 in Justice Assistance 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.
Job Search Assistance to Help those in Arkansas find Employment and Training: Arkansas
will lose about $273,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 9,850 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment.
Child Care: Up to 200 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job.
Vaccines for Children: In Arkansas around 1,140 fewer children will receive vaccines for
diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B due to reduced funding for vaccinations of about $78,000.
Public Health: Arkansas will lose approximately $279,000 in funds to help upgrade its ability to respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. In addition, Arkansas will lose about $660,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 200 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the Arkansas State Department of Health will lose about $84,000 resulting in around 2,100 fewer HIV tests.
STOP Violence Against Women Program: Arkansas could lose up to $62,000 in funds that
provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 200 fewer victims being served.
Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: Arkansas would lose approximately $310,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.
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