News, notes, and observations from the James River Valley in northern South Dakota with special attention to reviewing the performance of the media--old and new. E-Mail to

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sequester shemester

Here is what the White House says is in store for South Dakota:

Teachers and schools

South Dakota will lose approximately $1,162,000 in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 20 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 1,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 10 fewer schools would receive funding. In addition, South Dakota will lose approximately $1,779,000 in funds for about 20 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

Work-study jobs

Around 90 fewer low income students in South Dakota would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 10 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.

Head Start

Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 200 children in South Dakota, reducing access to critical early education.

Funding for clean air and water

South Dakota would lose about $1,150,000 in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, South Dakota could lose another $735,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

Military readiness

In South Dakota, approximately 1,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $6.3 million in total. Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $900,000 in South Dakota. Air Force: Funding for Air Force operations in South Dakota would be cut by about $1 million.

Funds for law enforcement and public safety

South Dakota will lose about $37,000 in Justice Assistance Grants that support 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

South Dakota will lose about $216,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 8,060 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment.

Child care

Up to 100 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job.

Vaccines for children

In South Dakota around 950 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B due to reduced funding for vaccinations of about $65,000.

Public health

South Dakota will lose approximately $122,000 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, South Dakota will lose about $250,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 1000 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the South Dakota State Department of Health will lose about $34,000 resulting in around 800 fewer HIV tests.

STOP Violence Against Women Program

South Dakota could lose up to $16,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 100 fewer victims being served.

Nutrition assistance for seniors

South Dakota would lose approximately $214,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.
SOURCE: White House. GRAPHIC: Emily Chow, Kat Downs, Katie Park, Kenneth W. Smith Jr. and Tim Richardson - The Washington Post. Published Feb. 24, 2013. Updated Feb. 25, 2013.

1 comment:

John said...

The right wingnuts are getting what they wanted and it will haunt them in 2014.

Can't wait to see Pennington and Meade Counties rush to pick up the slack for losing "Impact Aid."

Blog Archive

About Me

My photo
Aberdeen, South Dakota, United States