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Sequestering Texas - The Galveston County Daily News : Between The Lines

November 27, 2014

Sequestering Texas

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Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013 1:50 pm | Updated: 1:51 pm, Mon Feb 25, 2013.

If mandatory federal budget cuts do take place this week, Texas will take big hits in military and education funding, according to a report released by the White House on Sunday.

The Obama administration released the report on Sunday night, highlighting how the mandatory budget cuts, also known as sequestration, would affect each of the 50 states.

According to the White House, Texas’ military bases would be drastically affected.

“Approximately 52,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $274.8 million in total,” the report said. The state’s army bases would lose $233 million, its Air Force bases would lose $27 million and the Navy would have to cancel scheduled Blue Angels shows in Corpus Christi and Fort Worth.

On the education side, the White House says that Texas would lose about $67.8 million in funding, putting 930 teacher and aide jobs at risk. Another 620 jobs would be imperiled by $51 million in education cuts for children with disabilities.

No Galveston County programs are specifically named in the White House's report, but sequester cuts would affect things like clean water grants, job assistance programs and funding for public health.

The full report can be read on the White House's Texas Fact Sheet.