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The top states that would be hit are California, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts and Washington D.C.

Science programs in America may take a very hard hit if sequestration of federal funds takes place, according to a new study.

The study, conducted for the Aerospace Industries Association by Center for Regional Analysis Director Steve Fuller, shows that large cuts in employment in U.S. science programs could affect scientific progress and even non-scientific jobs across the country.

Currently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 1,082,370 U.S. citizens work in the life sciences such as biology. However, if the fiscal cliff's sequestration of federal funds becomes a reality, 31,000 of these citizens could lose their jobs.

"The 31,000 figure does not include the indirect job losses, such as subcontractors, suppliers and vendors, or the induced job impacts," said Fuller. "Induced jobs are those supported by employee's spending on goods and services, so these are unlikely to be STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) type jobs but rather retail, consumer services, education and health, construction and those types of occupations.

"The direct jobs are clearly the immediate losses and encompass most of the STEM-type jobs. There will be some subcontractor job losses, including some STEM type jobs. For DOD contracts in general, subcontractor jobs are about 26 percent of the total where the direct jobs are about 30 percent. The remaining job losses, 44 percent, are induced."

Furthermore, a potential $56.7 billion cut to the Department of Defense (DOD) would eliminate 14,982 science jobs out of the total 325,693 lost. Another $59 billion cut to the U.S. Geological Survey would mean another 15,980 science jobs lost.

Matthew Hourihan, director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), further added that certain states like California would be hit the hardest with a potenial $11.3 million loss. The other four states in the top five included Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts and Washington D.C.

An even more troubling outcome pointed out by Hourihan would be that American science would be set back by about a decade.

Another issue is grant proposals. Scientists will spend more time writing these grant proposals to keep their labs running and staffed rather than working on actual science. Also, a cut in federal spending could mean a $586 million loss for the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and a grant proposal success rate drop from 22 percent to 16 percent.

Source: Discovery News

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RE: Keep cutting!
By FITCamaro on 11/27/2012 8:50:52 AM , Rating: 4
Sad part is, even if Obama got everything he wants right now($4.4 trillion in "savings" over 10 years) and the math was actually valid, we'd still be at or near $1 trillion dollar deficits.

They have no desire to come anywhere near balancing the budget. And slashing the military won't do it.

Entitlement spending is the problem. We had 70 million people on Medicaid last year(between the poor and seniors, 36% of this country is on government health care insurance). 46 million on food stamps. And the numbers are increasing.

RE: Keep cutting!
By Gio6518 on 11/27/2012 10:44:02 AM , Rating: 3
Entitlement spending is the problem. We had 70 million people on Medicaid last year(between the poor and seniors, 36% of this country is on government health care insurance). 46 million on food stamps. And the numbers are increasing.

This is the biggest problem with our (US) economy, not only are we supporting laziness of our citizens, but also the illegal aliens that have never contributed to any programs...and don't forget about the billions that are given to world welfare "FOREIGN AID"....

RE: Keep cutting!
By RufusM on 11/27/2012 10:55:11 AM , Rating: 2
But the populous wants their bread and circuses. Politicians won't deny them.

RE: Keep cutting!
By RufusM on 11/27/2012 11:07:25 AM , Rating: 2
Also, it's stories and articles such as this that work to keep the status quo in place by spreading FUD.

The stories go like this:
Government spending cuts will cause thousands to lose their jobs, critical education programs will be shrunk and the US will be crippled.

The problem is it's easy to displace private sector jobs with government but MUCH harder to displace government jobs with private sector jobs. The private sector typically has to act based on market forces where the government does not.

RE: Keep cutting!
By Ammohunt on 11/27/2012 11:20:25 AM , Rating: 2
And as long as they have that there will never be enough outrage for real change. People have lost sight of what made America great and our culture is all about self much like European humanism. Passive sheep in a pen waiting to be sheared.

RE: Keep cutting!
By tayb on 11/27/2012 11:39:39 AM , Rating: 2
The only way to balance the budget is to cut spending and increase taxes. Half the country refuses to increase taxes and the other half refuses to decrease spending. Good luck balancing the budget with these two factions in control. Make no mistake, taxes must go up and spending must go down for this deficit to be tamed. Neither one in isolation will do the trick.

There is no quick fix. Even if we could all agree on tax increases and spending cuts we couldn't do it all at once or the economy would crash. It has to be gradual. Gradual as in 20+ years. That's the danger of a cliff. Pulling that much money out of the economy that fast will lead to a recession.

RE: Keep cutting!
By Kurz on 11/27/2012 12:32:21 PM , Rating: 2
I've seen that just spending cuts can do it.
Multiple studies on the subject paint its possible to do without tax increases.

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