Sequestration Primer: How Maryland Could Be Walloped by Automatic Budget Cuts

The White House released lists for each state of potential effects of automatic spending cuts set for Friday


The White House released lists for each state on Sunday of potential effects of automatic spending cuts set for Friday.

The White House compiled the numbers 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-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.

Maryland faces cuts in the following areas:


  • Maryland would lose about $14.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education, and about 12,000 fewer students would be served. The jobs of about 200 teachers and aides would be at risk.
  • The state would also lose about $9.7 million in funds for approximately 120 teachers, aides and staff who help children with disabilities.
  • Head Start and Early Head Start services would be cut for about 800 children. About 770 fewer low-income students would receive aid to help pay for college, and approximately 440 fewer students would get work-study jobs to help pay for college.


  • Maryland would lose about $3.1 million in environmental funding for clean water and air quality, and to prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. The state could lose another $467,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.


  • About 46,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, with gross pay reduced by about $353.7 million in total. Funding for the state's Air Force operations would be cut by about $10 million, Army base operation funding would be reduced by about $95 million. And about $9 million in Navy funding for a demolition project in Patuxent River and aircraft depot maintenance could be canceled, along with Blue Angels shows in Annapolis and Ocean City.
  • Maryland would lose about $317,000 in Justice Assistance Grants that support law enforcement, prosecution and courts, drug treatment and enforcement, crime prevention and education and related services.
  • The state could lose up to $124,000 in funds to provide services for victims of domestic violence. That could result in up to 500 fewer victims being served.


  • Maryland would lose about $551,000 in funds to help improve the state's response to infectious diseases, natural disasters and other public health threats.
  • The state would also lose about $1.6 million in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse. Maryland health departments would also lose about $595,000, meaning about 14,900 fewer HIV tests.
  • Funding for vaccinations in Maryland would drop by about $140,000, resulting in about 2,050 children getting vaccines for measles, mumps, tetanus and other diseases.
  • About $877,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors would be eliminated.


  • Maryland would lose about $66,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral and placement, which would affect about 9,270 fewer people.
  • Child care access could be lost for up to 400 disadvantaged and vulnerable children.


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