(AP) — Indiana officials are cutting jobless benefits, furloughing
National Guard members and losing food funds for the Women Infants and
Children program because of the automatic federal budget cuts.
Guard will furlough 1,000 technicians one day a week starting at the end
of April. The WIC program will be cut by $4.1 million, but the state plans
to continue full benefits. And the Indiana Department of Labor will lose
matching dollars for the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health
The state will
also have to cut jobless benefits by nearly 11 percent for 33,000 people
starting March 31.
Director Chris Atkins said Monday the state is better prepared than most
to absorb the cuts, but will not use any state dollars to replace the lost