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A look at effects of automatic budget cuts in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The White House has released lists for each state of potential effects of automatic spending cuts set for Friday.

The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers are based only on the $85 billion in cuts for this fiscal year, from March-September, that are set to take effect Friday.

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.

The White House says the cuts that could affect West Virginia include:

* Military: About 2,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed. Army base operation funding would be reduced by about $1.4 million.

* Seniors: West Virginia would lose about $160,000 in funding to provide meals for seniors.

* Teachers and schools: West Virginia would lose about $5.8 million in funding for primary and secondary education. About 80 teacher and aide jobs would be at risk. The state also would lose $3.6 million in funding for about 40 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

* Environment: West Virginia would lose about $2 million in funding for clean water, air quality, and prevention of pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. The state also could lose $488,000 in funding for fish and wildlife protection.

* Head Start: About 500 children would lose Head Start and Early Head Start services.

* College: Aid would be provided to about 200 fewer low income students to help them pay for college. Funding for work-study jobs would go to about 60 fewer students.

* Public safety: West Virginia would lose about $96,000 in grants for law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.

* Job search assistance: West Virginia would lose about $247,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement. About 9,230 people would be affected.

* Public health: West Virginia would lose about $430,000 in funding to help prevent and treat substance abuse. The state also would lose about $177,000 in funding to help improve its response to infectious diseases, natural disasters and other public health threats. A $62,000 cut in funding to the Department of Health and Human Resources would reduce the number of HIV tests by about 1,600. West Virginia also would lose about $52,000 for vaccinations for children, including measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B.

* Domestic violence: West Virginia could lose up to $39,000 in funding to provide services to domestic violence victims.

 


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