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Sequestration To Have Limited Immediate Impact On California

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SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — Federal spending cuts are expected to dampen California’s economic recovery at a time when a housing rebound and job growth are gaining traction. But the immediate effect may not prove detrimental to the state’s economy.

The White House estimates that 64,000 civilian defense workers would be furloughed and 1,200 teaching and teacher aid jobs would be at risk in the state. But expected federal spending cuts, known as the “sequester,” will hit just a fraction of the state’s $2 trillion gross domestic product.

And most of the effects won’t be felt right away. Furloughs won’t start for a month due to notification requirements and members of Congress are considering giving agencies flexibility over cuts.

Also, some of the biggest drivers of federal spending, such as Social Security and Medicaid, are exempt.

Here are the estimated cuts facing California:

–Education: $87.6 million in reduced funding for primary and secondary education, putting about 1,210 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition, schools would lose $62.9 million in funds for about 760 special education teachers and aides.

–Work-Study Jobs: Around 9,600 fewer low-income college students would receive financial aid and around 3,690 fewer students would get work-study jobs.

–Head Start: About 8,200 children would lose Head Start and Early Head Start services.

–Environment: $12.4 million reduction in environmental funding for clean water, air quality and anti-pollution programs. Possible loss of $1.9 million in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

–Military: Roughly 64,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed. Army base operation funding would be cut by about $54 million. Air Force operation funding would be cut by about $15 million. Maintenance and repair of five Navy ships in San Diego and aircraft depot maintenance in North Island could be canceled.

–Public Safety: $1.6 million in grants that support law enforcement, courts and crime prevention programs.

–Job Search Assistance: $3.3 million reduction for job search assistance, meaning around 129,770 fewer people would get help.

–Child Care: Up to 2,000 disadvantaged children could lose access to child care.

–Children’s Vaccines: $1.1 million in reduced funding for vaccinations, meaning around 15,810 fewer children will get vaccines.

–Public Health: $2.6 million reduction to help upgrade the state’s ability to respond to public health threats. In addition, California would lose about $12.4 million in grants to prevent and treat substance abuse. And the state health department would lose $2 million resulting in 49,300 fewer HIV tests.

–Domestic Abuse: $795,000 reduction to provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in 3,000 fewer victims being served.

–Senior Nutrition: $5.4 million reduction to provide meals for seniors.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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