April 15, 2013
April 15, 2013
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Automatic cuts in federal funding are already being reported across the state, hitting everything from NASA to Head Start. As the General Assembly considers the state budget, ways in which the state can help stem the growing damage from federal budget cuts should be included in the debate.
Sequestration or “the sequester” are the terms used to describe the automatic across-the-board federal budget cuts that went into effect earlier this year as a result of U.S. congressional action. Just one month after it officially began, cuts are already being reported across the state. Here we gather just a few early examples. As many as 365 research, operational and student jobs will be lost as the sequester cuts research and development funding for universities and the NASA Glenn space center. In northwest Ohio, companies awarded federal tax credits will get smaller checks. Cancellation of the Cleveland air show means the loss of some $7 million in tourism dollars. In southwest Ohio, 200 kids lost their enrollment in Head Start and 20 teachers were furloughed. Chillicothe could cut housing aid for 47 families.
As the General Assembly considers the state budget, ways in which the state can help stem the growing damage from federal budget cuts should be included in the debate.
Research, economic development
Nations compete in the global economy on the basis of technological advancement and commercialization of new products and processes. The United States lags China, Germany and others in investment in both R&D and commercialization. The sequester is hitting Ohio’s R&D institutions and companies implementing advanced technology:
Federal officials have sent letters to governors, informing them of cuts to smaller grants. Shaun Donovan, the secretary of housing and urban development, wrote to Gov. John Kasich, “You can expect reductions totaling approximately $35 million.”
Sequester cuts are reducing the budgets of individual universities, particularly in research and development. The Ohio State University reports: 
Travel, tourism and ceremony
Funding for children
 Sabrina Eaton, Plain Dealer, March 16, 2013 at http://bit.ly/Zvq0Qo.
 Todd Hill, “Sequester to Impact Energy Projects,” Marion Star Journal, March 2, 2013 at http://ohne.ws/10MetiK.
 Kent, Matthew, “Sequester could impact public housing aid,” Chillicothe Gazette, 3/25/13 at http://ohne.ws/151aYcD.
 Office of Government Affairs: The Ohio State University Impact of Federal Budget Sequestration, http://govrelations.osu.edu/index.php?id=213 (February 2013).
 Egan, D’arcy, “Ohio Sea Grant campaigns for state funding for Lake Erie research, programs,” Outdoor Notes, http://www.cleveland.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2013/03/ohio_sea_grant_campaigns_for_s.html (March 21, 2013).
 “Sequestered in the Park,” Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio.com) at
 Kaufmann, Tina, “2013 Cleveland Air Show canceled due to federal sequestration budget cuts,” NewsNet5.com, March 27, 2013, http://bit.ly/11DtByV.
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