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How federal budget cuts could affect New Hampshire

Education and the military would take among the biggest hits in New Hampshire from automatic cuts to the federal budget set to take hold this week, according to a report the White House issued yesterday as it seeks to avoid the impending economic fallout.

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

Among funding New Hampshire stands to lose:

EDUCATION:

∎ About $1 million for primary and secondary education, putting teacher and aide jobs at risk.

∎ About $2.2 million for about 30 teachers, aides and staff who help children with disabilities.

∎ Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 100 children.

HEALTH:

∎ About $126,000 for response to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological events.

∎ About $330,000 to help prevent and treat drug abuse.

∎ About $46,000 for vaccinations, leaving 680 children without vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza and hepatitis B.

DEFENSE:

∎ About 1,000 civilian Department of Defense workers would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by about $5.4 million.

∎ About $1 million cut from Army base operation funding.

ENVIRONMENT:

∎ About $1.5 million for clean water and air quality and to prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste.

∎ About $359,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

LAW ENFORCEMENT:

∎ About $71,000 for law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and witness initiatives.

SENIORS:

∎ About $225,000 for meals for seniors.

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