Updated State-by-State Analysis of BCA Sequester

Special Analysis 12-01
February 7, 2012


The Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA, P.L. 112-25) included automatic across-the-board (ATB) spending reductions if Congress and the president failed to enact a Joint Select Committee (JSC) bill by January 15, 2012, that reduced the federal budget deficit by at least $1.2 trillion over 10 years. Since a bill was not enacted, this process, known as sequestration, is scheduled to take effect on January 2, 2013, for fiscal year (FY) 2013 spending.

This Special Analysis estimates state-by-state funding levels in FY 2013 for the programs tracked by FFIS and subject to sequester. It updates FFIS Special Analysis 11-06, which was prepared prior to the completion of the FY 2012 appropriations process. This analysis provides hypothetical illustrations designed to give states a sense of the magnitude of potential spending reductions. At this point, it is not possible to determine the precise implications of a sequester on grant-in-aid funding. However, FFIS will periodically update this analysis as additional information becomes available.