Community organizations and agencies gathered in Utica today to call on Washington to repeal sequestration and support measures that will help close the federal deficit without hurting vulnerable groups.
President Barack Obama talks with Congressional leaders prior to the Rosa Parks statue unveiling ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 27, 2013. Pictured, from left, are: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Assistant Democratic House Leader James Clyburn, D-S.C.; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Today we are discussing two hot topics – how the so-called sequester could affect the 2014 midterm elections, and fracking in New York.
The budget cuts known as sequestration took effect last Friday, and while the overall effects of the cuts on national and local economies and government efficiency have yet to be realized, the effect of the cuts on the national political landscape may be coming into focus this week.
According to a recent analysis, community health centers and residents of medically underserved areas will be hard hit by federal budget cuts through sequestration.
The report released Monday as part of a collaborative study between the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy, part of the School of Public Health and Health Services at George Washington University, and the RCHN Community Health Foundation, reveals that due to federal budget cuts through sequestration, the nation’s 1,200 community health programs will lose $120 million in funding.
According to analysis from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, federal budget cuts to research funding including grants from the National Institutes of Health could mean a loss of $127 million in Massachusetts. New York coulld lose $104 million.
Jennifer Zeitzer, Director of Legislative Affairs for FASEB, said that for the Bay State, the cuts could slow a fast growing life sciences industry.
FASEB estimates that all recipient institutions may have to cut their budgets by 5.1%
There is great uncertainty about the impact the federal budget cuts, through the process known as sequestration, will have on the Massachusetts economy. But regional economists remain cautiously optimistic, according to an analysis released this week.