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Federal Spending Cuts Would Greatly Impact Illinois' Middle Class

A series of automatic spending cuts called a sequester could be imposed by the federal government on March 1 unless Congress accepts new revenues stemming from higher taxes on the wealthy.

In a matter of days, $85 billion worth of across-the-board government spending cuts called a sequester could affect all 50 states.

If imposed, the cuts would impact everything from education spending and national defense to public health and the economy, Huffington Post reported.

President Obama is pushing Congress to accept his deficit reduction plan, which includes new revenues and spending cuts. The plan would achieve $1.8 trillion in budget reductions stemming from about $1.1 trillion in spending cuts and $680 billion in new revenues from limiting deductions and closing tax loopholes for the wealtiest Americans, Huffington Post reported.

State Impact

The White House has released reports detailing how each state would be impacted by a sequester.

In Illinois, the following areas could be affected just this year if the sequester goes into effect:

  • Teachers and schools
  • Work-study jobs
  • Head Start
  • Protection for clean air and clean water
  • Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution
  • Job Search Assistance to Help those in Illinois find Employment and Training
  • Child care
  • Vaccines for children
  • Public health
  • Stop violence against women programs
  • Nutrition assistance for seniors

Tell Us: Do you think there will be a sequester? Which areas of potential impact concern you the most?

Danni February 26, 2013 at 05:27 PM
hey Patch-hope huffingpuffing prints this. I was always, and remain, terrible at math, so, please check my calculation: that $34 million shortfall can be covered this way-as we all know pensions are the current culprit, making too many millionaires of police chiefs, administrators and teacher/public employees and legislators. So just do this-divide that shortfall among the 749,894 pension recipients-that's $34,000,000/749894 and you get 45.339741350110815 and so on and so on. Round it up, yes up, so we can create a windfall for the state and you have a reduction of $46.00 per year in annual pension-a lot less than those of us who had to pay those increased state taxes, 5%, hmm reminder, those lucky pensioners did not have to pay. So, let's see, $46.00 per year is $3.833333333333 per month. WOW. Or better yet, tax those pensions with state income tax. Let's see-according to the State, you know, that one run by the Dems, as is every other failed state, the pension expense for 2013 is $5.9 billion so 5% of 5,900,000,000 is $295,000,000-that's $295 million or about nine times the dollars needed to make up this shortfall. C'mon, guys really the answer is clear, but, of course that would mean taxing your pensions too, Illinois pols and you can't have that, just every private sector person should pay the 5% income tax, right?.
Margaret Mcintyre February 28, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Danni is right. Seems to me, the “Patches” are just info/philosophy distribution channels of liberal/left leaning power blocks. The Huffington Post owns the Patches….. The Huffington Post, which has 25 million unique visitors a month according to the release, has become known for group blog posts from high-profile people such as President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "The acquisition of The Huffington Post will create a next-generation American media company with global reach that combines content, community, and social experiences for consumers, "AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong said in a statement. "Together, our companies will embrace the digital future and become a digital destination that delivers unmatched experiences for both consumers and advertisers." The Huffington Post was founded in 2005. The New York Times described the move as an "unlikely pairing" and noted that both Patch and The Huffington Post have been criticized for the quality or sources of their content. http://ranchobernardo-4sranch.patch.com/articles/patchs-parent-company-aol-agrees-to-buy-the-huffington-post
Margaret Mcintyre February 28, 2013 at 03:22 PM
From my view here in Norfolk (and I now have multiple family members in the Navy) seems like our military will get hit with sequester cuts more than the 2% 'across the board, but we are sitting tight to see how deep the Navy will be cut. So far, the Navy has pulled back one air craft carrier in the Gulf which was serving as a scare crow (to Iran). The Truman personnel did have the rug pulled out from under them with only 5 days advance notice of sailing. The Truman personnel did suffer income losses such as hazard pay, flight pay, and separation pay, to name the major categories. Still, I think the feeling here in the city of the largest join military base in the world, we would rather take the bitter pill than see Obama continue to abuse us with every manner of lie, broken promise, ignorance of economics and lack of executive leadership, giving us only the demagoguery and rancor of a community organizer.
Margaret Mcintyre February 28, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Oh, and the Air Force is talking about cutting free rides on their planes for congress....(giggle). Imagine Nancy Pelosi standing in line at the security check point, getting 'checked out". more giggles.
Danni February 28, 2013 at 05:25 PM
To Margaret et al: each person has responded affirmatively, mirroring Bob Woodward's statement of this Obama "madness." Woodward was threatened for his exercise of freedom of speech AND freedom of the press. I would love to see Patch collapse financially. Eventually, communist driven entities crash, the fabric of religious oppression tears, dictators are destroyed and monarchies become impotent. It seems only the informed read patch, not the low info voters. As bo talks of all the "darkness" coming, my darkness started and has been getting dimmer since the first day of his first term. I think I will stop commenting on the inane, buffoon writers for Patch-what do we learn anyway? Just more of their lack of info, insight ,thinking or how they are manipulated to reflect positions. Either way, why bother, READ Illinois Conservative Examiner, Champion News, Drudge, Poor Nance-the AF should stop talking and start doing. I wonder how she will avoid that tax loophole on her plane, should she buy her own. Princesses do not take public transportation.

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