UNDATED (WSAU) The White House says 240 Wisconsin public school jobs would be at risk, if Congress does not prevent the federal government’s automatic spending cuts from taking effect on Friday. The Obama administration put out a report yesterday giving a general idea of how each state would be affected by the “sequestration” cuts. Republicans called them “scare tactics,” and they accused the White House of exaggerating their impact on everyday Americans.
The report said Wisconsin schools would lose over $18-million in federal aid for schools and special education. Obama says the Badger State would also lose $4-million in environmental control funds, $12-million for the state’s civilian military employees, $1.5-million for fish-and-wildlife protection, $1.4-million in federal substance abuse grants, and more. The White House also warned of major delays at airports as security screeners and air traffic controllers would have to be laid off – plus cuts in unemployment benefits, those with mental illnesses, and aid to the homeless.
At the National Governors Association’s meeting in Washington, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker said he did not expect a big impact of the federal cuts on Wisconsin. The Republican Walker said he could not understand how the economy would be crippled, like other governors contend. But Walker says the cuts should not be across-the-board. And he said Republicans in Congress are correct in opposing the further tax increases that Obama and other Democrats are pushing for.