How federal across-the-board cuts could affect Oregon

How federal across-the-board cuts could affect Oregon
FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama waves as he leaves the White House in Washington. Obama and congressional Republicans made no progress last week in heading off $85 billion in budget-wide cuts that automatically start taking effect March 1. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers reflect the impact of the cuts this year. Unless Congress acts by Friday, $85 billion in cuts are set to take effect from March-September.

As to whether states could move money around to cover shortfalls, the White House said that depends on state budget structures and the specific programs. The White House did not have a list of which states or programs might have flexibility.

Some examples of programs that could be cut in Oregon:


  • $10.2 million for primary and secondary education, putting around 140 teacher and aide jobs at risk. About 40 fewer schools would receive funding.
  • $6.4 million for education of children with disabilities, jeopardizing the jobs of 80 teachers, aides and staff.
  • About 240 fewer low-income students would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college.
  • About 600 children would lose access to Head Start and Early Head Start.


  • $1.9 million to ensure clean water and air quality, and to prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste.
  • $1.1 million in grants for fish and wildlife protection.


  • Furloughs for 3,000 civilian Department of Defense workers would reduce gross pay by $16.5 million.
  • Base operation funding for the Army would be cut by about $1.6 million.


  • $155,000 in grants that support law enforcement, courts, corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim initiatives.


  • $470,000 for job search assistance, referral and placement.


  • Up to 300 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care.


  • 1,670 fewer children would receive vaccines.


  • $890,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in about 3,800 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs.


  • $366,000 in funds to help Oregon upgrade its ability to respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological events.



  • $81,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence.


  • $690,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.