White House Statement about Alaska Impacts of Sequestration


The White House has released the following statement about the impacts of the Sequester on Alaska:
If sequestration were to take effect, some examples of the impacts on Alaska this year alone are:
 Teachers and Schools: Alaska will lose approximately $1.5 million in funding for primary and
secondary education, putting around 20 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 2,000 fewer
students would be served and approximately 10 fewer schools would receive funding.
o Education for Children with Disabilities: In addition, Alaska will lose approximately $1.9
million in funds for about 20 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
 Work-Study Jobs: Around 80 fewer low income students in Alaska would receive aid to help
them finance the costs of college and 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 100
children in Alaska, reducing access to critical early education.
 Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: Alaska would lose about $1.8 million
environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from
pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Alaska could lose another $2.1 million in grants for
fish and wildlife protection.
 Military Readiness: In Alaska, approximately 5,000 civilian Department of Defense employees
would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $31.8 million in total.
o Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $78 million in Alaska.
o Air Force: Funding for Air Force operations in Alaska would be cut by about $12 million.
 Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: Alaska
will lose about $69,000 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 Alaska find Employment and Training: Alaska will
lose about $337,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around
12,580 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment.
 Child Care: Up to 100 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 Alaska around 1,400 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 $96,000.
 Public Health: Alaska will lose approximately $237,000 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, Alaska will lose about $250,000 in grants to
help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 400 fewer admissions to substance
abuse programs. And the Alaska Division of Public Health will lose about $54,000 resulting in
around 1,300 fewer HIV tests.
 STOP Violence Against Women Program: Alaska could lose up to $13,000 in funds that provide
services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 100 fewer victims being served.
 Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: Alaska would lose approximately $184,000 in funds that
provide meals for seniors.