This weekend, the White House released reports on state-level cuts that will probably happen for each state if Congress allows the sequester to take effect (which will trigger across-the-board cuts on just about everything, including non-essential defense spending). Take a look at the report for Tennessee, which could see cuts on everything from public education, child care, defense, public health, job search help, substance abuse programs, criminal justice grants, and childhood vaccines.
Here are some highlights (or lowlights, if you prefer):
-Tennessee stands to lose $14.8 million in funding for primary and secondary education. That means about 200 teacher/aide jobs would be at risk, and about 60 fewer schools would receive funding.
-The state could also lose $2,211,000 to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as $1,216,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection. (That's not to mention the cuts the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is facing, too)
-7,000 civilian Department of Defense employees could be furloughed (that means they don't get paid while furloughed). Tennessee Army base operation funding could be cut by $1.9 million.
-About 24,050 people wouldn't be able to get the help they need in their job searches because the state could lose $681,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement.
-Tennessee is also facing $1,480,000 in cut grants that go to help prevent and treat substance abuse, which could result in about 700 fewer people admitted substance abuse treatment programs.
-The Tennessee Department of Health is facing the loss of $252,000, which could result in 6,300 fewer HIV tests.
-About 500 fewer victims of domestic violence (of all genders) would be able to access services if Tennessee loses $136,000 allocated for those programs.
-The state could lose $1,031,000 that goes to provide seniors with meals.