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Federal Budget Cuts Will Reach Programs In Castro Valley

Schools, child-care centers, IRS offices will all feel the effects of the so-called sequester cuts expected to kick on Friday.

If the sequester happens on Friday as expected, the deep cuts in the federal budget will reach the neighborhood level in Castro Valley and other communities.

If a congressional compromise isn't reached, $85 billion will be cut from the federal budget over the next year.

In California, it's expected there will be $87 million in education cuts as well as reductions in federal funding for environmental, public health, child care and other services.

Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) wrote via, email:

The automatic across-the-board budget cuts known as the sequester threaten our fragile economy and will have real consequences, to real people in the Fifteenth Congressional District.  In my district alone, schools will lose $11 million in federal funding.  It also means 225,000 jobs put at risk across California, 9,600 fewer low income students in California receiving aid to help them finance the costs of college, and the loss of approximately $5.4 million in funds that provide meals for seniors. 

That’s why I co-sponsored a bill, H.R. 699, that would replace the sequester in a balanced manner with smart spending reductions and new revenue from multimillionaires.  It is the height of irresponsibility to let these cuts go into effect, and it is my hope that we reach a solution that will reduce our deficit and strengthen our economy.

At the local level, schools will probably be the most affected.

The Castro Valley Unified School District faces potential cuts as deep as $1.3 million slashed from its $15.8 million in federal aid.

Head Start programs across California will receive less money. It's estimated 8,200 would have reduced access to services.

The cuts could also reduce the hours at federal offices.

Police departments in California are expected to lose $1.6 million in Justice Assistance Grants that support programs such as crime prevention, drug treatment and witness support.

Finally, job assistance programs are expected to receive $3.3 million less in federal funding. That would affect about 130,000 job seekers.

Al. Bronzini March 01, 2013 at 05:18 PM
If they would just cut out the waste in government this could be accomplished without harming those that will be hurt most.
Glen from Hayward March 01, 2013 at 08:56 PM
When I heard that it costs the taxpayers $180,000 per hour to fly Air force one, i was floored. That means that the golf game Mr. Obama played with Tiger Woods cost the American public ove a Half A Million DOLLARS, and thats just that one game. Start cutting that kind of waste in Washington DC, they will not be any reason to cut education or anything else.
Glen from Hayward March 01, 2013 at 09:05 PM
And a comment to congressman Swalwell, Mr. Congressman, we elected you to be fair and truthful: not partisian. You were not being truthful or accurate with your statements regarding the Sequester recently. We demand that you stop the rhetoric, and work with the other members of congress of all parties to avoid these types of, I hate to say it but "blackmale" tactics that Mr. Obama used when "he suggested and signed" the sequester into law. We expect more from our elected officials whether it be Congress, the Senate or the President for that matter.
Rob Phillips March 02, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Thank you, Glen from Hayward, for reminding us that even though a person of color was elected President of the United States of America we are not living in a post-racist era.
Glen from Hayward March 02, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Thanks Rob, it is obvious that you realize that the color of a persons skin has nothing to do with his or her ability, or inabilty to do a job. Character, Morality, and Responsibility are only some of the important things, and non of these have to do with the color of a persons skin. Those who shout racisim as protection from doing a bad, careless, self-serving job are the true racists, and we should have no place for them.

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