What Is the Sequester?
The federal government has implemented across-the-board spending cuts totaling $85 billion in 2013 and $109.3 billion a year from 2014-2021.
Here are examples of specific program cuts in 2013.
New York Impact
The impact on New York State is not insignificant, and some parts of the budget will face meaningful challenges. As Governor Cuomo has stated, however:
"Financially it will not be as impactful on the state government as it would be on individuals because it’s more assistance that goes to individuals"Education cuts
The sequester would cut $42.7 million from primary and secondary education in New York. About 590 teachers and aides would lose their jobs and 120 schools would lose funding. Special education would also lose $36.3 million, according to White House numbers. Special education would also lose $36.3 million.
Meals for senior citizens
Government-provided meals for senior citizens would see $1,447,000 in cuts in New York.
Up to 100,000 workers in the state could lose their jobs due to the sequester, a study from George Mason University estimated.
Public housing cuts
The New York City Housing Authority reported that sequestration could lead to a 9 percent loss of funding and a $110 deficit, reducing services by 20 percent.