How Government Spending Cuts Could Hurt You

Posted on 03/26/2013

Congress is cutting about $110 billion in annual spending, which is less than 3 percent of the budget. While that may not sound like much, it could impact you in several areas. Some programs are exempt from cuts, including Social Security, Medicaid and food stamps. But here are ways government spending cuts could hurt you.

Increased Drug Trafficking
General John Kelly says budget cuts to the Defense Department will reduce the number of ships patrolling waters of the Caribbean and Pacific. That means less enforcement of the illegal drug trafficking from South and Central America, according to CNN.

Closed Air Traffic Control Towers
The Federal Aviation Administration announced plans to close 149 air traffic control towers. Unless you're a pilot you probably won't notice the change since the cuts aren't shutting down any airports. It means that pilots will have to coordinate takeoffs and landings among themselves without the help of ground controllers, says Fox News.

Reduced Services for Special Education Students
Federal education funding will receive a 5.1 percent cut, reducing special education funding by $644 million. says this could parlay into less speech therapy for special ed students or more crowded classrooms.

Spike in Homelessness
According to reports, cuts include $1.5 billion in rent subsidies for low-income tenants. The Huffington Post says that in Los Angeles County alone, tens of thousands of low-income renters could be forced to pay higher rent. That could lead to a jump in homelessness.

Increase in Food Risks
The White House says the sequester could force a cut to food safety. Reduced funding means up to 2,100 fewer food inspections which could put you at risk for undiscovered food borne illnesses.

By Alison Storm

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