State Sequestration Issue Briefs.
The Budget Control Act (BCA) was enacted in 2011 to increase the national debt ceiling in exchange for more than $2 trillion in federal funding cuts over the next 10 years. Under the BCA, $109 billion in automatic, across-the-board cuts (“sequesters”) to both defense and non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs will go into effect on January 2, 2013. Federal workforce development programs will be deeply impacted by these cuts. Despite federal disinvestments of more than 30 percent since 2001—with more than $1 billion in cuts just since 2010—critical employment and training programs stand to lose at least another $630 million in 2013 if the sequesters go into effect.
National Skills Coalition has prepared analyses of the state-level impact of sequestration on workforce programs. For more information on what sequestration would mean for workforce programs in your state, please see the reports below.