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White House issues briefing on likely impact of sequestration on New York state

A document issued by the White House this weekend estimates the likely impact of the $85 billion budget cuts, known as the sequester, which are due to come into effect on March 1. Some key points:

  • New York primary and secondary schools will face $42.7 million in cuts, and education support for children with disabilities and their families will lose $36.3 million.
  • An early education intervention program, Head Start, would be forced to cut 4,300 places.
  • Job Search Assistance programs would be cut by $884,000, impacting on over 46,000 job seekers.
  • The Office of Management and Budget predicts that an effective 9 percent annual reduction in funding (over 7 months) for research and innovation will impact on 12,000 scientists and students nationally.

The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), issued a release on Monday saying that the sequestration would result in $2.13 billion in Medicare cuts, according to its President Daniel Sisto. The Medicare cuts would come into affect on April 1.