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Federal Budget Cuts Could Cost Livermore Schools up to $200,000

Schools, child-care centers, IRS offices will all feel the effects of the so-called sequester cuts expected to kick on Friday

If the sequester happens on Friday as expected, the deep cuts in the federal budget will reach the neighborhood level in Livermore and other communities.

If a congressional compromise isn't reached, $85 billion will be cut from the federal budget over the next year.

In California, it's expected there will be $87 million in education cuts as well as reductions in federal funding for environmental, public health, child care and other services.

Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) wrote via, email:

The automatic across-the-board budget cuts known as the sequester threaten our fragile economy and will have real consequences, to real people in the Fifteenth Congressional District.  In my district alone, schools will lose $11 million in federal funding.  It also means 225,000 jobs put at risk across California, 9,600 fewer low income students in California receiving aid to help them finance the costs of college, and the loss of approximately $5.4 million in funds that provide meals for seniors. 

That’s why I co-sponsored a bill, H.R. 699, that would replace the sequester in a balanced manner with smart spending reductions and new revenue from multimillionaires.  It is the height of irresponsibility to let these cuts go into effect, and it is my hope that we reach a solution that will reduce our deficit and strengthen our economy.

At the local level, schools will probably be the most affected.

Susan Kinder of Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, wrote:

"At this time we are told that we may lose between $150,000 to $200,000 in Federal funding for special education and Title I.  This amount equates to three to four teachers.  This would come at the heels of the many years of cuts that we have already endured from the State.  Fortunately, the cuts would not take place until July 1.  We are hopeful that sequestration will be diverted through action by Congress, but if that does not happen we will have a plan in place." 

Head Start programs across California will receive less money. It's estimated 8,200 would have reduced access to services.

The cuts could also reduce the hours at federal offices.

Police departments in California are expected to lose $1.6 million in Justice Assistance Grants that support programs such as crime prevention, drug treatment and witness support.

Troy Brown the Assistant City Manager for the City of Livermore wrote:

"As you know, sequestration is the implementation of a hard cap on appropriations in the federal budget. Said another way, any amounts of money equal to the difference between the cap set in the federal Budget resolution and the amount actually appropriated gets 'sequestered' and is not available.

The impact to Livermore's operational budget would be negligible.  This is because the City has a very limited amount of federal dollars appropriated in our budget, which is derived of mainly state and local sources. Of the federal dollars that we receive, the amounts are so minimal that the impacts would be less than 1% of the total federal funds received because sequestration costs are spread across all federal programs, except social security.

What we would likely experience over time is a slowdown in the local economy as both consumer confidence and disposable household income decreased. There are many federal programs that would be subject to sequestration caps, which could have a trickledown effect in the coming weeks or months and those are nearly impossible to quantify. The immediate impacts of sequestration would not be felt."

Finally, job assistance programs are expected to receive $3.3 million less in federal funding. That would affect about 130,000 job seekers.

 

Rich Buckley February 28, 2013 at 03:48 PM
A Repost from: Valley Times Letter To The Editor http://tinyurl.com/catb9um Feb 28, 2013 by Marylia Kelley, Exec. Dir. Tri-Valley Cares There are two paths lab can go by in long run There are two distinct, possible futures for Livermore Lab; one fraught with radioactive risks, the other safe, secure and beneficial. Without the large quantities of plutonium and security it once had, Livermore Lab's nuclear weapons research-and-development capabilities are necessarily limited. Indeed, the lab stands at a crossroad. Will Livermore Lab seek "variances" to receive plutonium bomb cores it is no longer authorized to handle? This future involves testing plutonium by vibrating, heating and dropping bomb cores from a crane. The "shake and bake" would occur despite the permanent removal of Livermore Lab's high-security infrastructure, potentially leading to a catastrophe. Or, will Livermore Lab forge a bold new future focused on civilian science, such as nonpolluting renewable energy, global climate modeling and cleanup of radioactive wastes? The lab has small programs in each of these areas, although their collective share of the annual budget totals less than five percent. This important decision belongs not only to lab management but also to the public. We all breathe the air and drink the water. Which future would you choose?
Rich Buckley February 28, 2013 at 03:56 PM
The point of this repost Marylia Kelley's excellent article, is to encourage those so inclined to contact their Senators and Congressional Rep to "cut funding for Livermore stockpile validation." The timing to find areas to cut could not be better.
Robert Dealy February 28, 2013 at 05:34 PM
The article above about how Federal cuts can affect us locally is very saddening. It's a clear indication of how 'big government' affects our lives, personally. I don't understand those who vote for more 'big government' to take care of us, because when 'big government' controls our monies, they control our lives. sequester -- verb (used with object) 1. to remove or withdraw into solitude or retirement; seclude. 2. to remove or separate. 3. Law. to remove (property) temporarily from the possession of the owner; seize and hold, as the property and income of a debtor, until legal claims are satisfied. 4. International Law. to requisition, hold, and control (enemy property).
Jaime Roberto February 28, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Stop with the scare tactics. Cuts are more like $40 billion. The rest is a decrease in the rate of increase. In addition, the federal government will still be spending more than last year due to increases in entitlement spending. Head Start will be cut? Good. It has been proven to be ineffective and should be discontinued.
Paisley February 28, 2013 at 06:42 PM
The only sad thing about this is - our impending recession will be blamed on it. The recession is already here. When the biggest shopping time of the year only produces an upwardly revised +0.1, you guys better hold onto you pants when the taxes and gas prices hit GDP. But people will get to blame whichever party they hate and ignore all the things that could actually make things better. Carry on.
Dtayls 4me February 28, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Instead of cutting three or four special needs teaching jobs, why don't the people demand that several of the $100,000+/year administrators take a cut in their salaries...maybe it's as simple as foregoing expensive travel or personally absorbing some operating costs instead of having taxpayers foot the bills. Overpaid administrators can afford a cut; teachers without a job cannot.
Raleigh March 01, 2013 at 04:01 PM
60 million dollars pledged to Syria & $450 million dollars to Egypt (along with jet fighters and tanks) and domestically, there is 11.4 million dollars spent by the federal government for executive admin. in the justice department to use a private jet. And the cuts begin with children, and the most at-risk of this population....this is an outrage!
Paisley March 02, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Our government throws that away on -one- of their many bankrupt solar companies. Abound Solar - who stole your money - was apparently selling defective panels. Now there is a warehouse filled with 100,000 panels that need hazardous waste disposal. So, they are probably going to bury them in Eastern Colorado encased in concrete. If you are wondering where your money is - look there. http://blog.heritage.org/2013/03/01/bankruptcy-filings-allege-abound-solar-aware-of-defective-panels/
Christian Holm March 03, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Anything that blows up the worthless Government School System should be applauded...

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