Report predicting sweeping cuts for Hawaii’s programs
The forecasted cuts to Hawaii’s federal programs are detailed in the study “Under Threat: Sequestration’s Impact on Nondefense Jobs and Services.”
The list of anticipated cuts appears in the July 25 report by U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.
For Hawaii’s Department of Health and Human Services, the report predicts cuts of:
* $2 million from funding of $25.7 million for Head Start, leading to 67 jobs lost and 320 fewer children served.
* Nearly $600,000 from funding of $7.7 million from the Child Care and Development Block Grant program, meaning that 524 fewer children will receive child care subsidies.
* Almost $300,000 from funding of $6.1 million from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance program, with less money available to provide home cooling assistance to low-income individuals and families.
* Nearly $300,000 from funding of $3.7 million from the Senior Nutrition program, leading to less money available for congregate and home-delivered meals to needy seniors.
For Hawaii’s Department of Education, anticipated cuts include:
* Almost $3.6 million from funding of $45.9 million in Impact Aid (which helps island schools with increased expenditures because of the enrollment of federally connected children), leading to an expected loss of 54 education jobs.
* Nearly $3.3 million in Title I grants from funding of $45.4 million, meaning the loss of 45 education jobs and 7,795 fewer students served.
* $3.2 million in Special Education grants from funding of $39.8 million, leading to 39 jobs no longer receiving federal funding.
* Nearly $1 million from funding of $11.5 million in Improving Teacher Quality State grants, meaning 984 fewer teachers who serve 15,459 students and receive professional development.
And Hawaii can expect a cut of nearly $278,000 from funding of $3.6 million for Community Services Block Grant funding, which provides services to low-income individuals and families.
The full report can be seen online at www.harkin.senate.gov/documents/pdf/500ff3554f9ba.pdf.