By Dave Franzman
February 25, 2013
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa ó Automatic spending cuts go into effect Friday if Congress canít find a way around the sequester deadline. But how would an estimated $85-billion dollars in federal funding cuts in the March-September time period play out in Iowa?
The White House on Sunday sent out examples of the cuts to media in different states. Some Iowa examples included education. If the sequester does happen on Friday, Iowa schools statewide would lose about $6.4-million dollars in funding jeopardizing 90 jobs. Programs for disabled students would lose an estimated $5.8-million in funding. And Head Start and Early Head Start programs would lose the funding equivalent of 500 kids.
The Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HAACP) operates Head Start programs in six different Eastern Iowa counties. Thatís a total of 742 mostly preschool age students. The HAACP Head Start director said managers were told to expect a drop in federal funding anywhere from five to just over eight percent. Thatís a dollar figure that would range from $283-thousand dollars to $464-thousand dollars.
ďFor some of our programs, weíll have to look at going to the minimums which would be part day/part year service. For families working or going to school, thatís not what they need to be successful and obtain the skills to be successful in life,Ē Regan said.