What will happen to Washington state if the sequester happens?

The White House has released reports on what will happen to the states if the sequester happens.

If sequestration were to take effect, some examples of the impacts on Washington this year alone are:

  • ¾ Teachers and Schools: Washington will lose approximately $11,606,000 in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 160 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 11,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 50 fewer schools would receive funding.
  • Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: Washington would lose about $3,301,000 in
    environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from
    pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Washington could lose another $924,000 in grants for
    fish and wildlife protection.
  • Public Health: Washington will lose approximately $642,000 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, Washington will lose about $1,740,000 in
    grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 3800 fewer admissions to
    substance abuse programs. And the Washington State Department of Health will lose about
    $174,000 resulting in around 4,300 fewer HIV tests.

The full report is here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/sequester-factsheets/Washington.pdf

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