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October 25, 2016
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Sequestration cuts take hold

• Federal funds meant to help states respond to public health threats such as infectious diseases and natural disasters will be cut. In Pennsylvania, the amount is about $1.2 million; in New York, it is $1.1 million.

• Funds targeted to the treatment of drug addiction will be cut. In Pennsylvania, the cut will result in 3,500 fewer admissions into rehabilitation programs; in New York, it will mean 6,000 fewer admissions.

• New York will lose about $42.7 million to be spent on education, which might mean the loss of 600 teachers and teacher aides. In Pennsylvania, the amount of funding to be cut is $26.4 million, and the number of teaching jobs is about 360.