Shutdown Impacts Mid-Michigan Early


It's a simple concept at Capital Area Michigan Works.

Last year, more than $4 million in federal cash went towards its programs, helping roughly 2,300 people find work. Andrea Kerbuski says no funding equals no programs.

"It would impact not only the people that are receiving these services, but the thousands of people that come to our service centers," she said.

As of Monday, Kerbuski hadn't heard of any potential cuts, but Jeff Williams, CEO of Public Sector Consultants says Michigan Works is one of many organizations that could be affected by a government shutdown that could hit Mid-Michigan hard. It starts with federal employees.

"If you're one of the 7-800,000 employees, what it means is starting tomorrow, you won't get a paycheck," said Williams.

Williams says anyone locally who receives a federal paycheck, like FBI agents or Air Marshals, can be divided into two groups, the first being those exempt from layoffs.

"They're still fully employed. The problem is, they're going to be paid an I.O.U," said Williams. They won't receive their paycheck. All other employees that are not deemed essential are laid off."

It's already happening in the Michigan National Guard, which released its response to a shutdown, Monday afternoon. In total, 900 National Guard technicians are in danger of being furloughed, along with 12,000 other guardsmen, who could see less training time.

Williams says for a couple of days, Mid-Michigan shouldn't see much more than a few annoyances, but the longer the shutdown lasts, the worse it will get.


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