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How could budget cuts impact Arizona?

The White House released a list of impacts to Arizona from automatic budget cuts that are set to take hold this week.

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 didn’t have a list of which states or programs might have flexibility.

The White House says the losses that Arizona would incur as a result of the automatic budget cuts include:

EDUCATION: $17.7 million in lost funding for K-12 schools. The lost funding could result in about 240 teaching and aide jobs being put at risk. Additionally, Arizona would lose about $10 million for 120 teachers and staff who help children with disabilities.

— Head Start services would be eliminated for about 1,000 children in Arizona.

— About 2,300 fewer low-income students in Arizona would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 330 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.

ENVIRONMENT: Arizona would lose $2.1 million in funding for efforts to protect air and water and guard against pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste.

MILITARY: About 10,000 civilian employees for the Department of Defense would be furloughed. That would reduce gross pay by $52 million.

LAW ENFORCEMENT: Arizona would lose $298,000 in grants for law enforcement.

JOBS: Arizona would lose $781,000 in funding for job-search assistance. That translates to 26,000 fewer people getting help to find jobs.

CHILDREN: Up to 500 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care.

HEALTH: About 2,500 fewer children will receive vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza and Hepatitis B.

— The state will lose $611,000 for improving its ability to respond to public health threats, such as infectious diseases, natural disasters and other events. In addition, Arizona will lose about $1.9 million in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse. The state also will lose $186,000 resulting in around 4,600 fewer HIV tests.

WOMEN: Arizona could lose up to $132,000 for services to victims of domestic violence, meaning 500 fewer victims could be served.

SENIORS: More than $1 million for providing meals to seniors could be lost.

BORDER: U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not be able to keep the same staffing levels of Border Patrol agents and CBP officers. Funding and staffing reductions would increase wait times at airports and weaken security between ports of entry. The White House didn’t provide specific financial figures on how the budget cuts will affect ports of entry in Arizona.

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Littler Elected To Board Of Directors For West Valley Child Crisis Center

Thomas E. Littler, senior shareholder at the Gordon Silver Attorneys and Counselors at Law Arizona office, has been elected to serve as one of eight Board of Directors for the West Valley Child Crisis Center.

The West Valley Child Crisis Center (WVCCC) is a proactive, nonprofit organization aimed at ending the cycle of abuse and family violence through education, prevention programs and safe placement services. The organization helps find caring homes for children who have been removed from their homes by Child Protective Services because of domestic violence, abuse or abandonment, as well as providing training and support for adults who want to become foster families and adoptive parents.

Littler looks forward to making a positive impact within the organization in his role as a member of the Board of Directors. He says, “There is a strong need for foster and adoptive families in Arizona and, as a director, I hope to help fill this void and help the many children in need of safe homes in our community.”

Littler is the senior shareholder in the Arizona office and a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and the Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy Department. He has extensive experience in business restructuring and complex litigation. The focus of his practice is representing debtors and creditors, trustees, official committees, and secured creditors in reorganizations throughout a wide range of industries including construction, real estate, and technology.

For more information about West Valley Child Crisis Center, visit West Valley Child Crisis Center’s website at wvccc.org