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How U.S Budget Cuts Will Affect California

Brianna Sacks |
February 25, 2013 | 10:05 p.m. PST

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(California state capital/Creative Commons)
(California state capital/Creative Commons)
California’s defense industry and public education system are bracing for major cutbacks if the White House and Congress do not reach a deal by Friday.

The spending cuts will largely affect many other federally funded programs, causing the state’s slowly growing economy could drastically lose momentum, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The federal sequestration could bring more airport delays, an average of an extra 90 minutes, potential slowdowns in cargo movement and deliveries at harbors and cutbacks to programs that aide seniors, homeless and students.

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Defense and education are two of the top five biggest areas to be impacted by the looming cuts. The State’s defense industry is readying for a $3.2 billion cut, while primary and secondary schools expect to lose $87.6 million, jeopardizing 1,210 education jobs statewide.

The Silicon Valley Business Journal added that students with disabilities will lose $62.9 million of their education funding, and 9,600 low-income college students will be without financial aid.

The Journal also cited that the state will suffer drastically in its public health, job services and law enforcement departments.

Some California economists don't see these cuts as disabling, according to KQED, an NPR member station in Northern California.

The station interviewed Stephen Levy, director and senior economist at the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy. Levy said the state would see a "small reduction" in jobs, and that the military blow will not be so devestating since many state military bases have closed over the last 30 years.

The state shouldn't worry so much, said Levy, because the cuts won't take effect right away, and the federal government will revisit the budget in October.

While San Diego is expected to be one of the state’s hardest hit areas due to its high defense industry, Los Angeles will also lose momentum in its economic redevelopment efforts, according to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer.

“In the first half of 2013 alone these cuts could cost Los Angeles more than $115 million in grants for federal after school programs, housing assistance, homeless prevention, emergency preparedness, community policing and more,” the Senator told KCRW during a recent visit to the city.

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The Los Angeles Unified School District will see a loss of $37 million a year in federal funding if the sequester is not overturned Friday. 

Non-profits are also expected to lose 20 percent on average, and KCRW reported that the Los Angeles city housing authority expects as many as 15,000 low-income families would lose an average of $200 a month in federal aid.

National Park Services projected state parks, such as Yosemite National Park, would suffer from less rangers, campground staff and less frequent trash pickup.

President Obama is asking lawmakers to reach some sort of compromise to avoid the $85 billion budget cuts that will considerably hinder many other states’ economies and job markets, though a plan on how to avoid the looming sequester still remains a mystery.

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