White House Details Budget Cut Fallout State By State

Obama Budget Cuts SequesterBy JULIE PACE and PHILIP ELLIOTT

WASHINGTON (AP) - Facing an end of the week deadline, President Barack Obama said Monday that Congress can avert sweeping across-the-board cuts with "just a little bit of compromise," as he sought to stick lawmakers with the blame if the budget ax falls.

Speaking to the nation's governors, Obama acknowledged that the impact of the $85 billion in cuts may not be felt immediately. But he also said the uncertainty already is impacting the economy, as the Pentagon and other agencies get ready to furlough employees.

"At some point we've got to do some governing," Obama said. "And certainly what we can't do is keep careening from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis."

Despite Obama's urgent rhetoric, there is no indication that the White House and Congress were negotiating a deal to avoid cuts by Friday's deadline. White House press secretary Jay Carney said he had no new telephone calls to announce since the president's conversations with Republican congressional leaders last week. "We will continue to engage with Congress this week," Carney said.

Obama wants to offset the so-called sequester through a combination of targeted spending cuts and revenue increases, but Republicans oppose any plan that would include tax hikes.

Emerging from a closed-door meeting with Obama, governors said the president had assured the administration is pursuing solutions, but didn't offer assurances that officials would find a way ahead out ahead of the deadline.

The $85 billion budget-cutting mechanism could affect everything from commercial flights to classrooms to meat inspections. Domestic and defense spending alike would be trimmed, leading to furloughs for hundreds of thousands of government workers and contractors.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said the cuts would harm the readiness of U.S. fighting forces. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said travelers could see delayed flights. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said 70,000 fewer children from low-income families would have access to Head Start programs. And furloughed meat inspectors could leave plants idled.

The White House continued laying out in stark terms what the cuts would mean for government services, dispatching Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to warn of the implications for critical security functions.

"I don't think we can maintain the same level of security at all places around the country with sequester as without sequester," said Napolitano, adding that the impact would be "'like a rolling ball. It will keep growing."

Despite the Friday deadline, there are no serious negotiations happening between the White House and Congress. Obama is focused instead are trying to rally public support for his stance in the debate by warning Americans of the dire consequences of the across-the-board cuts.

The president told the governors that cuts would "''slow our economy, eliminate good jobs, and leave a lot of folks who are already pretty thinly stretched scrambling to figure out what to do."

The spending cuts have frustrated governors attending the National Governors Association meeting in Washington. They contend it has created widespread uncertainty in the economy and hampered economic recovery in their states.

"The president needs to show leadership," said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican considered a potential 2016 presidential contender, outside the West Wing. "The reality is it can be done. This administration has an insatiable appetite for new revenue."

Democratic governors, meanwhile, laid responsibility squarely at the feet of Congress, but called on lawmakers from both parties to compromise.

"They need to get out of that box that sits under the dome and understand that this has real implications in people's lives," said Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy. "Work with the president, find a way to get it done - or if you want, just turn it over to us governors, and we'll negotiate."

The White House, seeking to ratchet up pressure on congressional lawmakers, gave the governors state-by-state reports on the impact of the cuts on their constituencies.

White House officials pointed to Ohio - home of House Speaker John Boehner - as one state that would be hit hard: $25.1 million in education spending and another $22 million for students with disabilities. Some 2,500 children from low-income families would also be removed from Head Start programs.

Officials said their analysis showed Kentucky would lose $93,000 in federal funding for a domestic abuse program, meaning 400 fewer victims being served in Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's home state. Georgia, meanwhile, would face a $286,000 budget cut to its children's health programs, meaning almost 4,200 fewer children would receive vaccinations against measles and whooping cough.

The White House compiled its state-by-state reports from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers reflect the impact of the cuts this year. Unless Congress acts by Friday, $85 billion in cuts are set to take effect from March to September.

As to whether states could move money around to cover shortfalls, the White House said that depends on state budget structures and the specific programs. The White House did not have a list of which states or programs might have flexibility.

Republican leaders were not impressed by the state-by-state reports.

"It's time for the White House to stop spending all its time campaigning, and start finding smarter ways to reduce the deficit," said McConnell.


Associated Press writers Ken Thomas and Josh Lederman contributed to this report.


To read the White House reports on how the March 1 sequester will impact each state (and Washington, D.C.), click on the links below:

1. Alabama

2. Alaska

3. Arizona

4. Arkansas

5. California

6. Colorado

7. Connecticut

8. Delaware

9. District of Columbia

10. Florida

11. Georgia

12. Hawaii

13. Idaho

14. Illinois

15. Indiana

16. Iowa

17. Kansas

18. Kentucky

19. Louisiana

20. Maine

21. Maryland

22. Massachusetts

23. Michigan

24. Minnesota

25. Mississippi

26. Missouri

27. Montana

28. Nebraska

29. Nevada

30. New Hampshire

31. New Jersey

32. New Mexico

33. New York

34. North Carolina

35. North Dakota

36. Ohio

37. Oklahoma

38. Oregon

39. Pennsylvania

40. Rhode Island

41. South Carolina

42. South Dakota

43. Tennessee

44. Texas

45. Utah

46. Vermont

47. Virginia

48. Washington

49. West Virginia

50. Wisconsin

51. Wyoming

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BamBam is nothing less than a fear monger, he is trying to scare us in to believing the only way out is through more taxes and bigger government, he is wrong, don't let his BS scare you

February 26 2013 at 1:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
KP Evans

Obama and his adminstration are as usual full of s-h-i-t. They're making out this squester to be something catastrophic when in fact it will be a mere "bump" in the road. O'butt-hole is crying wolf. The squester will be a good thing in helping shove him back in his hole. The man is a disgusting POS. I can't believe how many ignorant MF voted for him. Simply amazing!

February 26 2013 at 11:41 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Let the people who voted for His Majesty pay more taxes if they want. I pay enough. In reality, this is a small cut. You mean to tell me all these drastic dire consequences are going to ruin the country because of a small cut? It is basically the same spending level as last year. If the White House put as much energy into true spending cuts instead of the state by state scare tactics and campaigning for his agenda, perhaps the budget could get balanced. The White House needs to stop blaming Congress and look in the mirror. The fault is solely Obama's.

February 26 2013 at 11:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Commisar (b : one that attempts to control public opinion or its expression) Obama seems to be saying that his administration is running at 100% efficiency. No Room for cuts!

February 26 2013 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If the defense department can afford 300 milion dollars for the development of a new fighter jet that is 7 years behind schedule, and if it ever gets done it probably won't even be used.This doesn't look like a department that is going to be hurt to bad by a lousy 58 million dollar cut. The only people hurting will be the politicians who get contibutions from these defense contractors, to bad.

February 26 2013 at 9:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And how many of you on here voted for this person for the White House. Stupid

February 26 2013 at 9:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It all started back in the early 70s and was called "revenue sharing" The concept was the states sent money to Washington and Washington, in turn, doled the money out. Some states won and some lost as part of this deal. Bottom line - it was a big sham, but the Feds gained the power of dangling this money over the states' heads, making them do as the Feds wished. It was a big CONTROL strategyy! The states would have been better off KEEPING THEIR MONEY and using it within the state. Where in the Constitution does it say the Feds have the right to initiate and carry out this ongoing program?

February 26 2013 at 9:19 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
the aol experien

The repubs should let the socialist get everything he wants, that way, when the economy collapses they can say. Hey you voted for the socialist, you get what you want.

February 26 2013 at 9:13 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Despite the Friday deadline, there are no serious negotiations happening between the White House and Congress. Obama is focused instead are trying to rally public support for his stance in the debate by warning Americans of the dire consequences of the across-the-board cuts.
Obama is the one to set this up to get congress to do it his way. Now he wants to place ALL blame on congress if it goes thru. Reminds me of games in kindergarten we played. When is He going to stand up and put the blame where it belongs?????

February 26 2013 at 9:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is nothing short of stupidity on the repug side. We must have revenue with cuts not just slash everything. The only people that are going to be hurt are the poor and middle class. The rich will breeze throught this which is why the repugs could care less.

February 26 2013 at 8:20 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply