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Indiana Outlines Plan To Minimize Sequestration Impact

The state of Indiana is outlining efforts to minimize the impact of the sequestration. Office of Management and Budget Director Chris Atkins says the state should be able to absorb the cuts due to its fiscal condition.

The sequestration cut will eliminate $4.1 million in food funds from the state‘s Women Infants and Children (WIC) program, but Indiana will continue to provide full benefits to all recipients due to $1.6 million in administrative cuts and a declining caseload.

The Department of Workforce Development is absorbing more than $1.6 million in cuts with a discounted contract extension and a performance-based funding model.

The Department of Labor will lose some federal matching dollars for IOSHA and InSafe, but will minimize the cuts with other funding sources. The Indiana National Guard will furlough 1,000 Army and Air National Guard full-time military technicians one day a week from the end of April through the September.

The Guard is also delaying the awarding of $30 million in construction projects in Terre Haute and South Bend.

The Pence administration says the Department of Homeland Security, FSSA, and the State Department of Health have not received guidance from the federal government about how cuts will be administered.

The BMV, IDEM, DNR, INDOT, Department of Revenue and the Department of Veterans Affairs will see little, to no impact.

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