Chesterton Tribune


Federal cuts hit Indiana jobless and National Guard

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INDIANAPOLIS (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.

The National 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 Administration.

The state will also have to cut jobless benefits by nearly 11 percent for 33,000 people starting March 31.

Budget 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 federal aid.