Arkansas children expected to hurt from federal cuts
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) —
For the first time since America's bracing for possible federal budget cuts, the White House released probable cuts for each state on Sunday.
Several sectors in Arkansas won't get normal funding if sequestration hits on March 1.
If no agreement is met in Washington, we'll feel those impacts in the Natural State from our military training to health care. Many of our younger children are expected to experience the majority of these cuts.
During the National Governors Association meeting in the nation's capitol, the white house rolled out how budgets are expected to take a toll state-by-state.
"It can be far reaching, but I think we're willing to suffer a little bit," said Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe. "We just don't want to suffer disproportionately compared to the rest of the country."
If the possible cuts go into effect on Friday each state department will take about an eight percent hit in its funding.
"We understand you need to cut the budget in Washington, we fully get that. Let's do it the way we cut budgets in the states," suggested Tennessee governor Bill Haslam.
"We go in literally program-by-program and make decisions. We don't just say, everybody gets eight-percent."
Looking through Arkansas' mapped out cuts; children's programs and education could take the brunt of it.
A new estimate shows $5.9 million of funding for primary and secondary education will be lost.
Additionally, Head Start and Early Head Start services would be forced to let go of 600 students.
Even when it comes to their health, more than 1,100 fewer children will receive shots for a variety of diseases, totaling about $78,000 in vaccination cuts.
Every state has different amounts it's losing, and most governors believe Congress and the President should take notes from them.
"We have to balance budgets every year on time. The federal government, they can't even get a budget for four years," said Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. "We live in a very different world; we have to be very practical."
Listening to many governors' reactions Sunday, they're very concerned about cuts to our nation's defense.
Arkansas could lose more than $1.5 million to its U.S. Army base operations, and about $2 million in U.S. Air Force funding.
Jobs are no exception to the national forecast.
We're looking at teachers being cut, of course jobs in defense programs and even job training will lose money that helps Arkansans find places to work.