How budget cuts could affect Oregon

PORTLAND — The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers reflect the impact of the cuts this year. Unless Congress acts by Friday, $85 billion in cuts are set to take effect from March-September.

As to whether states could move money around to cover shortfalls, the White House said that depends on state budget structures and the specific programs. The White House did not have a list of which states or programs might have flexibility.

Some examples of programs that could be cut in Oregon:


—$10.2 million for primary and secondary education, putting around 140 teacher and aide jobs at risk. About 40 fewer schools would receive funding.

—$6.4 million for education of children with disabilities, jeopardizing the jobs of 80 teachers, aides and staff.

—About 240 fewer low-income students would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college.

—About 600 children would lose access to Head Start and Early Head Start.


—$1.9 million to ensure clean water and air quality, and to prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste.

—$1.1 million in grants for fish and wildlife protection.


—Furloughs for 3,000 civilian Department of Defense workers would reduce gross pay by $16.5 million.

—Base operation funding for the Army would be cut by about $1.6 million.


—$155,000 in grants that support law enforcement, courts, corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim initiatives.


—$470,000 for job search assistance, referral and placement.


—Up to 300 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care.


—1,670 fewer children would receive vaccines.


—$890,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in about 3,800 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs.

—$366,000 in funds to help Oregon upgrade its ability to respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological events.


—$81,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence.


— $690,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.



Only the government can call less increase than desired a cut. It doesn't work that way for the rest of us. But think about this, if every government program needs an automatic increase each year.then it stands to reason that there is no faith that the program will work or that some projects will be finished..I know there are more people each year. But why assume the same increase will have to be used to feed, clothe or whatever? If one doesn't believe that the program will work either change it or quit.

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