Impact of Spending Cuts
Reports and media accounts reveal how cuts in federal and state spending affect real people across the country
Women's Shelters: In remote Alaska, financing puts a rare refuge at risk by Timothy Williams, New York Times, May 23, 2012. Violence against women, both sexual and physical, is tragically common in native Alaskan villages. But cuts in state and federal funding are putting an important women's shelter out of business. Also see related article about the need for this shelter. Follow-up: an emergency federal grant and donations will keep the center open, as reported in the New York Times, July 6, 2012.
Higher education: A generation hobbled by college debt by Andrew Martin and Andrew W. Lehren, New York Times, May 13, 2012. Excellent overview of this problem. "For all borrowers, the average debt in 2011 was $23,300, with 10 percent owing more than $54,000 and 3 percent more than $100,000." Cuts in public support for higher education means students take on more debt, and many students miss out on the chance for higher education all together.
Job training programs: Funds to train jobless in U.S. are drying up, Motoko Rich, New York Times, April 9, 2012. Federal money to train the jobless is 18% lower today than in 2006, even though there are six million more people looking for work.
Welfare: Welfare limits left poor adrift as recession hit, Jason DeParle, New York Times, April 7, 2012. The social program Temporary Assistance for Needy Families ("welfare") has not expanded to cover more people during the economic downturn -- leaving many in deep poverty. The re-design of the program in 1996 ("welfare reform") limited its ability to respond to increased needs.
Heating assistance: In fuel oil country, cold that cuts to the heart, Dan Barry, New York Times, February 24, 2012. Impact of cuts in programs that cover the costs of heating oil.
Public Education: The California Budget Project affiliated with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reports, California's Public Schools Have Experienced Deep Cuts in Funding Since 2007-2008. Spending on public education has dropped by $7 billion over these five years, a 13.8 percent drop, resulting in 32,000 fewer teachers, while the number of students has remained the same. California now has the largest class sizes in the nation.