Federal Cuts: What it means for Oregon

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Tell your network:

This game of Chicken just got real.

As Republicans in Congress refuse to consider revenue options, it looks as though those automatic, across-the-board cuts that no one thought would ever happen may, in fact, happen.

 

While the politicking seems absurd, it’s no joke what these cuts would mean for middle-class families. The effects are truly devastating, and come at a time when Oregon’s schools, senior services, and other programs already face potential state budget cuts.

The White House has released state-by-state analysis of precisely how these budget cuts affect the states. Here’s your Oregon impact:

Schools

* 13,000 fewer students served
* 40 fewer schools would receive federal funding
* 140 teacher and aide jobs at risk

Children

* 1,670 fewer children will receive vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and others
* Up to 300 disadvantaged children would lose their child care
* Head Start and Early Stead Start services eliminated for around 600 children

Jobs

* Approximately 3,000 Department of Defense employees would be furloughed
* Around 13,320 fewer people will have access to Job Search Assistance
* 140 teacher and aide jobs at risk

Seniors + Health

* Oregon would lose approximately $690,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors
* The state would lose more than $1 million for public health services, including prevention and treatment of substance abuse
* Oregon could serve up to 300 fewer victims of domestic violence, owing to lost program funds
* Oregon would lose nearly $2 billion to ensure clean water and air and prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste

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