Sequester Watch, #20

September 3rd, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Here’s the latest in our continuing collection of reports on sequestration’s impacts on the ground.  There’s more on Head Start (see “Who’s Not Going Back to School?” below), legal services, and scientific research.

Or note this, from a piece below on the impact of the cuts on soldiers and vets with mental health needs:

“We’ve got a suicide epidemic with record numbers of suicides among military personnel every year…Guys coming home with PTSD and depression, and then the clinicians working with them were only available four days a week instead of five.”

Indeed, Stars and Stripes recently reported that Walter Reed National Medical Center had reduced beds in the in-patient mental health section from 28 to 22; an internal memo encouraged “dispositions/discharges as soon as possible” and the western Army medical region alone had delayed 10,000 routine patient appointments in the first month of furloughs due to staffing shortages.

Remind me: how do those spending cuts help America?

Sen. Franken raises concerns about how sequester affects Minnesota seniors
August 27, 2013
By Julie Siple
Minnesota Public Radio
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/26/franken-seniors-sequester

Delta hospital hit hard by federal sequester
August 27, 2013
Mississippi Business Journal
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2013/08/27/delta-hospital-hit-hard-federal-sequester/

Forest Service Cuts Maintenance Projects In Sequester Response
August 27, 2013
By Tom Banse
KUOW Radio (WA)
http://kuow.org/post/forest-service-cuts-maintenance-projects-sequester-response

Sequester II: The Fall’s Scariest Sequel…. Coming to a Community Near You??
August 27, 2013
Elizabeth Lower-Basch
CLASP
http://www.clasp.org/issues/in_focus?type=poverty_and_opportunity&id=0083

Priced Out: Sequester Cuts Devastate Silicon Valley’s Most Vulnerable
August 28, 2013
New America Media
http://newamericamedia.org/2013/08/priced-out-sequester-cuts-devastate-silicon-valleys-most-vulnerable.php

Who’s Not Going Back to School?: How Sequestration Is Scaling Back Early Childhood Education Programs
August 28, 2013
By Katie Hamm
Center for American Progress
http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/education/report/2013/08/28/72911/whos-not-going-back-to-school/

Tribes expect ‘devastating’ sequester cuts
August 28, 2013
By Dan Gunderson
Minnesota Public Radio
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/28/news/tribes-devastating-sequester-cuts

Sequester costs Kansas hundreds of preschool spots
August 28, 2013
By Celia Llopis-Jepsen
The Topeka Capital-Journal (KS)
http://m.cjonline.com/news/2013-08-28/sequester-costs-kansas-hundreds-preschool-spots

Sheldon Head Start Publicizes Impact Sequester Has On Children, Families
August 28, 2013
By Stephanie Schultz
WIBW (KS)
http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/Sheldon-Head-Start-Publicizes-Impact-Sequester-Has-On-Children-Families-221577551.html

More Sequestration Woes: Round Two to Hit State Governments
August 28, 2013
By Rick Cohen
Nonprofit Quarterly
http://www.nonprofitquarterly.org/policysocial-context/22819-more-sequestration-woes-round-two-to-hit-state-governments.html

Another Year of Sequester Will Hamstring Workplace Safety, Study Says
August 29, 2013
By Charles Clark
Government Executive
http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/08/another-year-sequester-will-hamstring-workplace-safety-study-says/69629/?oref=top-story

Children continue to lose out from sequestration
August 29, 2013
By Chabella Guzman
The Star Herald (NE)
http://www.starherald.com/news/local_news/children-continue-to-lose-out-from-sequestration/article_ac6e883c-1062-11e3-8942-0019bb2963f4.html

Nearly 20 Percent Of Scientists Contemplate Moving Overseas Due In Part To Sequestration
August 29, 2013
By Sam Stein
Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/29/sequestration-scientists_n_3825128.html

Sequester-Related Cuts To Head Start Program Impacting 2,000 Children In Mass.
By Beth Germano
August 29, 2013
CBS Boston
http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/08/29/sequester-related-head-start-cuts-impacting-2000-children-in-mass/

Chief federal judge: Sequestration will have ‘devastating’ impact on courts
August 29, 2013
Minnesota Public Radio
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/29/daily-circuit-sequestration-courts

How Furloughs Hurt the Most Vulnerable Soldiers
August 29, 2013
By Greg Kaufmann
Bill Moyers & Co.
http://billmoyers.com/2013/08/29/sequester-cuts-hurt-most-vulnerable-soldiers/

Sequestration Impairs Futures of At-Risk Children
August 29, 2013
By Yasmina Vinci
Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/yasmina-vinci/head-start-sequestration-cuts_b_3830574.html

Head Start program is feeling the pain of funding cuts
August 29, 2013
By Mark Sommer
Buffalo News
http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/erie-county/head-start-program-is-feeling-the-pain-of-funding-cuts-20130829

Consumer Spending Slumps And Wages Fall Because Of Sequestration
August 30, 2013
By Aviva Shen
ThinkProgress
http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/08/30/2557211/consumer-spending-furloughs/

Some senior citizens go hungry after recession, sequestration take budgetary bites
By Ana Veciana-Suarez
August 30, 2013
Myrtle Beach Online
http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2013/08/30/3678199/some-senior-citizens-go-hungry.html

Warren: Stop the heartless, senseless sequester
September 1, 2013
By Sen. Elizabeth Warren
MetroWest Daily News (MA)
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/opinion/x1155158663/Warren-Stop-the-heartless-senseless-sequester

Sequester cuts hitting poor hard
September 1, 2013
By Jessica Wehrman
The Columbus Dispatch
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/09/01/sequester-cuts-hitting-poor-hard.html

Sequester could hurt federal defenders’ ability to represent clients
September 1, 2013
By Tom McGee
The Denver Post
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_23991611/sequester-could-hurt-federal-defenders-ability-represent-clients

Sequestration sadness – Head Start cuts hit home
September 1, 2013
By Paul Johnson
High Point Enterprise (NC)
http://www.hpe.com/news/x2042204082/Sequestration-sadness-Head-Start-cuts-hit-home

In budget cuts, low-income students suffer more than wealthy ones
September 2, 2013
By Suzy Khimm
MSNBC
http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/09/02/why-sequestration-punishes-low-income-students-more-than-wealthy-ones/

Sequestration’s self-inflicted wounds
September 2, 2013
By Leon Panetta
The Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/leon-panetta-sequestrations-self-inflicted-wounds/2013/09/02/6c186d4a-0e94-11e3-bdf6-e4fc677d94a1_story.html

Sequestration Frustration
September 2, 2013
By Andrea Widener & Linda Wang
Chemical & Engineering News
http://cen.acs.org/articles/91/i35/Sequestration-Frustration.html

Federal courts need relief from sequester
September 3, 2013
By Editorial Board
Minnesota Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/opinion/editorials/221865531.html

Guest opinion: Sequester cuts stymie Montana crimefighting efforts
September 3, 2013
By Michael Cotter
Montana Billings Gazette
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/guest/guest-opinion-sequester-cuts-stymie-montana-crimefighting-efforts/article_0aad8787-cf99-5779-b035-f5be6b7c3fd5.html

Scientists laid off due to sequester cuts
September 3, 2013
By Jennifer Liberto
The NH Sentinel Source
http://www.sentinelsource.com/news/national_world/scientists-laid-off-due-to-sequester-cuts/article_330e317f-b157-5857-9515-ebbc54fbeb8c.html

Sequester cuts hurt local Head Start
September 3, 2013
By Delaney Walker
Cleveland Banner
http://www.clevelandbanner.com/view/full_story/23475743/article-Sequester-cuts-hurt-local-Head-Start?instance=most_popular

No living wage decision as D.C. mayor laments sequestration’s effects
September 3, 2013
By Michael Neibauer
Washington Business Journal
http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/2013/09/mayor-vincent-gray-laments.html

Sequestration begins to hit science
September 3, 2013
By Gary Gerew
Albuquerque Business Journal
http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/blog/morning-edition/2013/09/sequestration-begins-to-hit-science.html

Sequestration Dragging Down DC’s Economy, Mayor Says
September 3, 2013
By Benjamin Freed
Washingtonian
http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/capitalcomment/local-news/sequestration-dragging-down-dcs-economy-mayor-says.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+washingtonian%2FCapitalCommentBlog+(Capital+Comment+Blog)

Gray: Sequestration Has Cost D.C. 7,000 Government Jobs This Year
September 3, 2013
By Sarah Anne Hughes
DCist.com
http://dcist.com/2013/09/gray_says_sequestration_has_cost_dc.php

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