It is interesting to see the effect of sequester on individual states as the Washington Post has a state-by-state report. So, beginning with Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh), what has he delivered for his constituents by failing to adopt a compromise with President Obama that addresses the revenue shortfall?
By failing to increase taxes on wealthy persons to help defray the revenue shortfall, and by defaulting to sequester under his leadership, Speaker Boehner’s leadership will hurt teachers and schools, poor people in need, people employed by the military, people in need of work and job assistance, law enforcement and public safety, public health, women and seniors.
Doing the math, Speaker Boehner, that adds up to over 50% of your constituents and that should translate to your coming home soon without a job.
The case for Eric Cantor in Virginia is even worse.
“Teachers and schools
Ohio will lose approximately $25.1 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 350 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 34,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 100 fewer schools would receive funding. In addition, Ohio will lose approximately $22 million in funds for about 270 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
Around 3,320 fewer low income students in Ohio would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 1,450 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.
Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 2,500 children in Ohio, reducing access to critical early education.
Funding for clean air and water
Ohio would lose about $6,865,000 in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Ohio could lose another $981,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
In Ohio, approximately 26,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $161.4 million in total. Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $1.9 million in Ohio. Air Force: Funding for Air Force operations in Ohio would be cut by about $3 million.
Funds for law enforcement and public safety
Ohio will lose about $455,000 in Justice Assistance Grants that support law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.
Ohio will lose about $1,786,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 57,100 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment.
Up to 800 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job.
Vaccines for children
In Ohio around 5,040 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B due to reduced funding for vaccinations of about $344,000.
Ohio will lose approximately $1,102,000 in funds to help upgrade its ability to respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. In addition, Ohio will lose about $3,310,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 4200 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the Ohio State Department of Health will lose about $302,000 resulting in around 7,600 fewer HIV tests.
STOP Violence Against Women Program
Ohio could lose up to $245,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 900 fewer victims being served.
Nutrition assistance for seniors
Ohio would lose approximately $823,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.”