Monday, February 25, 2013

Sequester's Impact on Indiana

The White House has released a report showing the one-year impact of the sequester on each state. You can see the report for Indiana here.

Perhaps the biggest impact would be felt in Indiana's already struggling schools. Indiana will lose approximately $13.8 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 190 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 12,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 50 fewer schools would receive funding. In addition, Indiana will lose approximately $12.4 million in funds for about 150 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities. Around 2,170 fewer low income students in Indiana would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 1,020 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.

Indiana would lose about $3.3 million in environmental funding, and approximately 11,000 civilian Department of Defense employees
would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $64.4 million. Indiana's report also outlines the national repercussions.

Republicans charge that the President is exaggerating the damage that the sequester will do. Look at the numbers and decide for yourself. Keep in mind that the sequester was designed to be so awful that the parties would feel compelled to come together to prevent its meat cleaver approach to addressing the debt. Apparently it wasn't awful enough to overcome Republican's unwavering aversion to a balanced approach like the President's proposal that cuts two dollars in spending for every dollar of new revenue.