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The Suburbanite
  • Possible consequences of automatic budget cuts

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  • • Furloughs of TSA screeners could lead to longer waits through airport security.
    • Furloughs of air traffic controllers could lead to delays in takeoffs and landings.
    • Federal funding over three years to school districts for tutoring and special education, school improvement grants and career technical education could be cut 5 percent starting in September.
    • Federal emergency unemployment benefits, which are paid to those unemployed more than 26 weeks, could be cut by up to 9.4 percent, or an average of more than $400 total for the long-term unemployed.
    • Furloughing of U.S. Department of Agriculture meat inspectors could result in delays in meat production in local plants.
    • Local doctors and hospitals could see Medicare reimbursement cuts of 2 percent.
    • Federal funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to the Employment Source in Canton, which helps people look for work, could be cut by about 5 percent. Statewide, job search assistance could be cut by $1.8 million.
    • Furloughs of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers of up to 14 days this year could result in delays for Stark Countians re-entering the country at airports, ports and border checkpoints.
    • Cuts of 5 percent to federal/work study programs would mean fewer federally subsidized campus jobs and work hours for an estimated 1,450 low-income college students in Ohio. Kent State University has 800 students in program, who could lose $100,000 in funding. Stark State College expects no impact because its students do not use their full allotment of work hours.
    • Cut of 5 percent to Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants for low-income students. Kent State says it has 1,175 students who get grants, who could lose $95,000 in aid.
    • Kent State says it would lose up to 10 percent of funding for Upward Bound Math Science program resulting in loss of 100 out of 570 high school and college students in program.
    • Stark County Department of Job and Family Services could lose more than $77,000 in federal funding for child and adult protective services.
    • Furloughs of FAA employees could delay review of FAA grant reimbursement requests of $3.9 million by Akron-Canton Airport, postponing runway repaving and expansion of the deicing pad.
    • Hours for National Parks or hours of visiting centers could be cut.
    • All FBI employees, including the ones in the FBI Canton office, would be furloughed 14 work days a year, affecting criminal investigations.
    • Background checks for gun purchases by the U.S. Department of Justice may be delayed, meaning the purchaser can get the gun after three days without a check.
    • Local Head Start program would face cuts, with about 2,500 fewer low-income toddlers in Ohio being served.
    • Federal funding of scientific research at institutions like Kent State University face 5 percent cuts.
    • Furloughing of U.S. Department of Labor inspectors could result in fewer workplace safety inspections and investigations of labor violations.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Furloughing of up to 31 Social Security workers and up to 30 Internal Revenue Service workers at Ralph Regula Federal Building in Canton could result in reduced service in getting help with tax returns or applying for Social Security benefits. Waits on disability claims could climb.
    • Budgets for federal courts including the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Canton would be cut about 5 percent, resulting in less money for programs to help integrate released convicts back into community and delays in upgrading technology. Cuts to federal public defender’s office could disrupt criminal cases and civil lawsuits could be delayed.
    • Cuts of about 5 percent of $4 million in federal funding in Stark County for federal health programs such as the Women, Infants, Children program, a nutrition assistance, education and breastfeeding support program for women and children.A program to vaccinate children also could be cut.
    • Furloughs could result in limited service for farmers seeking aid or loans from the USDA’s Farm Services Agency office in Massillon.
    • Furloughs of Federal Transit Authority employees could delay grant payments of $3.6 million a year to the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority, resulting in cash flow issues but long-term effect on bus service is unclear.
    • Cuts to congressmen’s and U.S. senators’ office budgets could affect constituent services. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon, says he will cut all other expenses first before curtailing constituent service. U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, said in a statement he has “planned and budgeted appropriately for an 11 percent cut and his goal is “no impact on our constituent services.”
    EXEMPT FROM SEQUESTER
    • Social Security benefits (but not administration costs)
    • Medicaid
    • Veterans’ benefits including services by VA clinic in Canton and Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
    • Federal retirees' benefits
    • Food stamps
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
    • Children’s Health Insurance Program
    • Service members’ pay
    • Pay of congressmen, U.S. senators, the president and federal judges
    • U.S. Postal Service
    Sources: Akron-Canton Airport, U.S. Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Congressional Budget Office, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S Postal Service, SARTA, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, U.S. District Court for Northern Ohio, Ohio Department of Health, Kent State University, Stark County Department of Job and Family Services, Social Security Administration, IRS, White House.