Thursday, February 23, 2006

Not an economist

So I can't check Silver's math, but she says Bush thanks Kansas by chopping $3 billion out of funding for the state, based on estimates from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
Those apparent cuts would suck federal money from children, the elderly and the needy in a state that has always voted to support Bush. If approved by Congress, the Bush cuts, among many other things, would apparently include:

* $78.1 million from K-12 schools
* $69.7 million from vocational and adult education
* $18.1 million from the Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children
* $41 million from the Community Development Block Grant program
* $16.3 million for Low Income Home Energy Assistance

Among the center’s other estimates are that from 800 to 1,100 Head Start slots would be taken away from Kansas. An estimated 5,100 elderly Kansans would be losing food assistance from one program, according to the report.
As Kansas struggles to adequately fund its schools, millions of dollars lost in federal funds will be a real hardship. These other programs are targeted at keeping children from starving or freezing to death, and help re-develop communities for the benefit of low and moderate income families.