What Nebraska stands to lose in sequestration

2013-02-26T06:00:00Z 2015-01-22T14:28:58Z What Nebraska stands to lose in sequestrationBy the Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com
February 26, 2013 6:00 am  • 

If sequestration -- a series of automatic cuts -- were to take effect Friday, the White House said Nebraska this year would lose:

Education for children with disabilities

* About $3.5 million for about 40 teachers, aides and staff who help children with disabilities.

Work-study jobs

* About 180 fewer low-income students in Nebraska would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college, and about 150 fewer students would get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.

Head Start

* Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for about 400 children in Nebraska, reducing access to critical early education.

Protections for clean air and clean water

* About $1.3 million in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Nebraska could lose another $686,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

Law enforcement and public safety funds for crime prevention and prosecution

* About $97,000 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.

Assistance to help find employment and training

* About $460,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral and placement, meaning about 14,400 fewer people would get the help and skills they need to find employment.

Child care

* As many as 200 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care, which also is essential for working parents to hold down jobs.

Public health

* $174,000 in funds to help upgrade Nebraska's ability to respond to public health threats, including infectious diseases; natural disasters; and biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological events.

* About $390,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in about 1,300 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs.

* The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services will lose about $51,000, resulting in about 1,300 fewer HIV tests.

Violence against women program

* As much as $39,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in as many as 100 fewer victims being served.

Nutrition assistance for seniors

* About $121,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.

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