Monday February 25, 2013

Education and the military could see some of the biggest reductions in Vermont under automatic cuts to the federal budget set to take hold this week, according to a report the White House issued Sunday as it seeks to avoid the impending economic fallout.

The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers are based only on the $85 billion in cuts for this fiscal year, from March to September, that were set to take effect Friday.

As to whether states could move money around to cover shortfalls, the White House said that depends on state budget structures and the specific programs. The White House did not have a list of which states or programs might have flexibility.

According to the White House, Vermont could lose:

EDUCATION:

-- $1.1 million in funding for primary and secondary education

-- $1.4 million for about 30 teachers, aides and staff who help children with disabilities

JOBS:

-- $101,000 for job search assistance, referral, and placement

HEALTH:

-- $331,000 to help improve Vermont’s response to public health threats including infectious disease and natural disasters

-- $270,000 to help prevent and treat substance abuse

-- $52,000 for vaccinations

DEFENSE:

-- 1,000 civilian Department of Defense workers would be furloughed

-- $1 million cut from Army base operation funding

ENVIRONMENT:

-- $1 million to ensure clean water and air quality and to prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste

-- $359,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection