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The sequester is coming, bringing across the board cuts to jobs and government services—and since the Republican leadership is digging in, ready to force those cuts to protect the wealthy from paying a little more in taxes, it's time to start looking at the impact these cuts will have on individual states. Because of its large population of federal workers, Virginia will get hit especially hard by paycheck cuts due to furloughs. But that's not all. Eric Cantor, the House majority leader and a representative from Virginia, was right when he said "we're going to hurt a lot of people" by refusing to do anything about the sequester unless the president caved to Republican demands to replace the sequester with all cuts and no new revenue.

Here are just a few things that are going to hurt Virginians in the coming months:

  • Virginia will lose approximately $14 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 190 teacher and aide jobs at risk.
  • In addition, Virginia will lose approximately $13.9 million in funds for about 170 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
  • In Virginia, approximately 90,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $648.4 million in total.

    Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $146 million in Virginia.

  • Virginia would lose approximately $1,215,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.

For a complete list of ways Republican insistence—under Eric Cantor's leadership—on cuts, not tax fairness, will "hurt a lot of people" in Virginia, jump below the fold.

If sequestration were to take effect, some examples of the impacts on Virginia this year alone are:

Teachers and Schools: Virginia will lose approximately $14 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 190 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 14,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 40 fewer schools would receive funding.

Education for Children with Disabilities: In addition, Virginia will lose approximately $13.9
million in funds for about 170 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

Work-Study Jobs: Around 2,120 fewer low income students in Virginia would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 840 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.

Head Start: Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 1,000 children in Virginia, reducing access to critical early education.

Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: Virginia would lose about $2,997,000 in
environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Virginia could lose another $826,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

Military Readiness: In Virginia, approximately 90,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $648.4 million in total.

Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $146 million in Virginia.

Air Force: Funding for Air Force operations in Virginia would be cut by about $8 million.

Navy: Cancel the maintenance of 11 ships in Norfolk, defer four projects at Dahlgren, Oceana, and Norfolk, and delay other modernization and demolition projects.

Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: Virginia will lose about $276,000 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.

Job Search Assistance to Help those in Virginia find Employment and Training: Virginia will lose about $348,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 18,390 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment.

Child Care: Up to 400 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 Virginia around 3,530 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 $241,000.

Public Health: Virginia will lose approximately $764,000 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, Virginia will lose about $2,140,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 1,700 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the Virginia State Department of Health will lose about $337,000 resulting in around 8,400 fewer HIV tests.

STOP Violence Against Women Program: Virginia could lose up to $172,000 in funds that
provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 700 fewer victims being served.

Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: Virginia would lose approximately $1,215,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.

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  •  Trouble is, the cuts will be uneven (15+ / 0-)

    Hurting Northern Virginia, dominated by federal employees and employees of federal contractors, the hardest.  North of the Rappahannock River, Canter couldn't get elected dog catcher and he knows it.  Palin's "Real Virginia", beyond commuting distance from DC, will be affected far less, and Canter knows that as well.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 05:50:41 PM PST

  •  Yes Virginia Your congressman is (9+ / 0-)

    a homicidal moron....

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 05:52:42 PM PST

  •  Cantor is a mis-leader (4+ / 0-)

    Total jackass

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 06:04:57 PM PST

  •  Republicans are gonna lose this (4+ / 0-)

    I can't foresee how they can win this brinksmanship over the sequester.  If they pull the trigger, this pain will be felt within days by 90% of the country.  Whether "the sequester" was Obama's idea or the Republicans doesn't matter.  The easy response is, "This is what all cuts and no revenue gets you."  Republicans can't beat that message.

    All those independents in mostly red districts that usually swing R but can be persuaded to vote for the occasional D will swing so hard to the D the Republicans will be lucky to be a regional party after that.

    The only question is whether Obama and the Democrats have the guts to let the Republicans pull the trigger and consign the nation to what will end up being years of pain.

    From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. -Immanuel Kant

    by Nellebracht on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 06:07:54 PM PST

    •  They are too busy trying to market (1+ / 0-)
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      JBraden

      the notion that Obama is to blame, they forget just how much this country despises Congress, and has for some time. General sentiment will probably be "Why can't Congress just get some work done?" Not "Oh my god I want to tweet something using #Obamaquester, what a cool hashtag!" Morons.

  •  Cantor Won't. (1+ / 0-)
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    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 06:11:55 PM PST

  •  Are you trying to rub salt into the wound? (2+ / 0-)
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    dewley notid, JBraden

    Cantor is in a solidly gerrymandered district, though his last opponent gave it a really good shot.
    He's not in my district, nor in the district of the vast majority of Virginians.
    I loath the man and all that he stand for.
    I just have to wonder what is the purpose of your diary, nothing in it is any surprise to this informed Virginia Progressive.

  •  No Tip Jar? How can I rec this diary?? n/t (0+ / 0-)

    To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men. -Abraham Lincoln

    by Eyesbright on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 06:22:30 PM PST

  •  Well, obviously Cantor--and apparently his... (2+ / 0-)
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    yoduuuh do or do not, semiot

    constituents, who continue to put the Representative of the Rich into Congress--don't really care about education, about children's health, about clean air or water, about (other people's) jobs, or about victims of domestic violence.  

    They only care about what affects them directly.  Cantor won't be directly affected by any of those cuts:  He'll continue to draw his tax-payer sponsored salary.  He'll continue to expand his personal wealth, even in a "sour economy".  He and his family will continue to get (tax-payer subsidized) health care.  

    Wonder if Cantor & his constituents are going to keep being  comfortable and smug proponents of austerity if they start getting called out--loudly and repeatedly--for failing to support the troops, during wartime--by cutting funds that affect military readiness?  

  •  That $13.9 million in education funding ... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... could easily be recovered by dumping a few administrators.  Save the teachers.

    The wisdom of my forebears ... Two wise people will never agree. Man begins in dust and ends in dust — meanwhile it's good to drink some vodka. A man studies until he's seventy and dies a fool.

    by Not A Bot on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 06:28:27 PM PST

  •  It's more than northern VA (1+ / 0-)
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    that gets hurt by the loss of government jobs. The big military bases in the Hampton Roads area are supported by sizable numbers of civilian employees, many of whom are skilled well paid people. Letting them go will seriously impact these bases and the communities around them.

     

    •  Also a sizable Coast Guard force in the state (2+ / 0-)
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      Odysseus, semiot

      HQ spread out across a few locations in northern VA and DC; stations along the Eastern Shore, many major commands, support facilities, and ships in the Hampton Roads area.

      Specific implementation details have been scarce, but the Coast Guard also loses ~10% of its budget.  Given the mid-fiscal-year timing, it's pretty much impossible to cut contracts or acquisitions, which means (like DoD), the cuts will likely be to operations (tying ships up at the pier & grounding helos), maintenance (further deferring repairs on already very old platforms), civilians (furloughs), and training, certifications, and inspections.

      It is so ironic to me that the public thinks the large defense cuts will go to weaponry, contractors, and acquisitions - but those large contracts are untouchable when the cuts happen in the middle of a fiscal year.  The childishness of Congress in their recalcitrant failure to pass an actual plan-ahead budget based on national priorities is causing absurdly misdirected chaos.

  •  Even if the sequester goes through...... (0+ / 0-)

    .......the federal government is still spending $15,000,000,000 more than last year.

    •  Killing jobs makes things worse (1+ / 0-)
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      Your singular focus on slashing spending will kill hundreds of thousands of jobs which will, in turn, only serve to increase the deficit.
      There is no "spending problem". Parroting that nonsense around here won't fly, PorterRE. Our spending levels are for services that the American People want! The real problem we have is lack of jobs. Eliminating hundreds of thousands of jobs to satisfy republican masochists' wet dreams of drowning the government in a bath tub will only serve to make the economy so much worse as is the case with all republican "economic policy".
      But thanks for your concern.

      +++ The law is a weapon used to bludgeon us peasants into submission. It is not to be applied to the monied elite.

      by cybersaur on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:58:03 AM PST

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      •  Whoa whoa whoa.... (0+ / 0-)

        ...... You say all these Americans want these programs? That's great, I am more concerned about how we intend to pay for them.

        You say we have a lack of jobs? Well why is that? It's because no privately run businesses necessarily like the economic prospects that this administration brings to the table, and rightfully so.

        You and your ilk need to remember that it is the private sector of this economy that drives the economic fortune of this country because they are the only ones that create profits. The Pelosian idea that somehow a well supported welfare state helps drive an economy is absurd, and if you don't believe that show me an example of one that works.

        I do not mind spending money, but to say that we don't have a spending problem is laughable and sad. We have an entire culture in DC who's entire political basis is dependent on securing tax revenue for their constituents so they can get re-elected which is why they can not even make sensible cuts.

        •  You're mistaken (1+ / 0-)
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          You say all these Americans want these programs? That's great, I am more concerned about how we intend to pay for them.
          They were paid for. In fact, we had budget surpluses until the GOP implemented their Economy of Doom!
          You say we have a lack of jobs? Well why is that?
          The jobs were lost to the Bush Depression. We have been gaining private sector jobs under Obama's policies.
          We don't have a spending problem. Our spending levels have not increased significantly (with the exception of the military spending). What we have is a revenue problem and that is a direct result of GOP economic policy.

          +++ The law is a weapon used to bludgeon us peasants into submission. It is not to be applied to the monied elite.

          by cybersaur on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 06:44:56 AM PST

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          •  I am positive you think I am mistaken (0+ / 0-)
            "They were paid for. In fact, we had budget surpluses until the GOP implemented their Economy of Doom!"
            We had surpluses because the Clinton era tax hikes were coupled with..... wait for it......spending cuts.
            "The jobs were lost to the Bush Depression."
            I am intrigued by this "Bush Depression". Can you tell me one specific piece of legislation that he signed that led to this financial calamity? You would do better to look at the federal government's increase in pressure to put more sub-prime mortgages on the market that started in the late 1990's.
            •  Laughable (0+ / 0-)
              You would do better to look at the federal government's increase in pressure to put more sub-prime mortgages on the market that started in the late 1990's.
              So it was that ebil federal gubmint, huh? Nothing to do with big financial institutions giving anyone that applied a loan then selling fraudulently rated collateralized debt? I think you would be more at home at The Blaze. We deal with reality here.

              +++ The law is a weapon used to bludgeon us peasants into submission. It is not to be applied to the monied elite.

              by cybersaur on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 08:09:12 PM PST

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              •  Ignorance (0+ / 0-)
                So it was that ebil federal gubmint, huh? Nothing to do with big financial institutions giving anyone that applied a loan then selling fraudulently rated collateralized debt? I think you would be more at home at The Blaze. We deal with reality here.
                So you deal with reality here you say? Have you taken into the consideration the reality that from 1995 to 2009 our friends at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac issued twice as many mortgage backed securities as the private sector combined? These MBS's were filled with sub-prime mortgages that were mandated by the Department of Housing & Urban Development in compliance with the National Homeownership Strategy. All of this because its easier for politicians to get re-elected on lofty promises, than dealing with realities such as sound fiscal policy.

                Furthermore. I will proudly wear you childish and feeble attempts to make fun of me as a badge of honor. I do not believe that federal government is the solution to every problem, and I believe, as our founding fathers did, that goverment is a necessary evil at best. History also teaches us that large powerful governments tend to be corrupt, poor performing, and capable of really bad things.

  •  It is worth noting (0+ / 0-)

    that  "since the Republican leadership is digging in, ready to force those cuts to protect the wealthy from paying a little more in taxes" this was the President's idea...

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