• White House Lists Impacts of the Sequester in Rhode Island

    The White House released a fact sheet on the impacts of the March 1st cuts–aka the sequester–on the state of Rhode Island. The complete report is available online, but here are some highlights by the numbers:

    Education

    78022020

    $2.4 million– the approximate funding cuts for primary and secondary education

    10 fewer schools will receive less funding as a result of the sequester

    3,000 fewer students will be served as a result of the sequester

    200– the number of students that would be affected by cutting the Head Start and Early Head Start services

    Healthcare

    78481531

    $101,000– the amount of funding cut from response to public health threats including infectious diseases and natural disasters

    530 fewer children will get vaccinations for diseases including measles, tetanus, influenza, and Hepatitis B

    1,500 less HIV tests will be conducted as a result of the Rhode Island State Department of Health’s funding cut of $61,000

    Military and Law Enforcement

    147071231

    5,000 civilian Department of Defense employes would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by $31.5 million

    $68,000– the amount of funding cut from 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.

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