More details on how the sequester could affect Iowa

Following up on Saturday’s post about the possible closure of three Iowa airports air traffic control towers, the White House has released more details on how automatic federal spending cuts could affect Iowa, beginning on March 1, if Congress and President Barack Obama don’t agree on a deal to replace the "sequester."  

The Obama administration prepared state-specific fact sheets about the sequester, and you can read the Iowa version here (pdf). Most of that document discusses the nationwide impacts of potential budget cuts. I enclose below the two pages with numbers for Iowa. According to the Pew Center on the States, Iowa would be less affected than most other states by the cuts, because "federal grants subject to sequester" comprise only about 5.4 percent of state revenues, compared to a national average of 6.6 percent. Federal defense spending comprises only 1.7 percent of our state’s GDP, less than half the national average. Non-defense federal spending comprises about 0.7 percent of Iowa’s GDP, also less than half the national average.

Congress may pass another short-term delay of the sequester this week, in order to give more time for leaders in both parties to negotiate with the president. The budget cuts were originally supposed to go into effect on January 1, but Congress approved a two-month delay as that deadline approached.

Sequester Iowa impacts (1), Excerpt from White House document on how the sequester budget cuts would affect Iowa

Sequester Iowa impacts (2), Excerpt from White House document on how the sequester budget cuts would affect Iowa

  • Scare people into accepting cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

    Grand Bargain, here we come.

    • House Democrats need to be strong

      A grand bargain couldn’t pass if more than half the House Democrats vote against it. There are not enough House Republicans willing to raise revenues.

  • No airport closings.

    If you want credibility, you should stop claiming ALO, DBQ, and SUX are going to close.  They’re not.  Closing towers does not close airports, and as far as I can tell nobody other than you is making this claim.  A correction post would be in order.

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