How Is The Congress Shutdown Hurting Your State?

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By Dawn Boykin

Source: Huffington Post

Although it may appear that the government shutdown is focusing attention on the chaos happening in Washington, D.C., the effect is unraveling and being felt around the country.
Not even two days in, there has been a furlough of thousands of members in the National Guards. Not only that, but there has been a halt on all scientific research, federal technicians have been forced off the job and wildlife refuges closed.

In Arkansas, a cut to nutritional programs have endangered 85,000 children who will not receive meals. Connecticut shut down 13 Head Start programs that service 320 children.

Even though the shutdown is happening in the United States, the residuals are not confined to the states. Numbered Air force Worker Kaitlyn Martin, who is stationed at a base in Germany says that staff members who organize emergency travel in her office were furloughed as well and that travel funds were made unavailable during this time.

Here is how the shutdown is measuring up in your state:


•The Cheaha Regional Head Start in Talladega was closed.


•Some 1,900 civilian workers received furlough notices at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

•National Transportation Safety Board Investigators into plane crashes in Alaska were furloughed.


•More than 30 people looking to raft on the Colorado river were turned away.


•More than 85,000 meals for Arkansas children were at risk of being ended. Some 2,000 newborn babies woud potentially not receive infant formula.

•The Clinton Presidential Center closed permanent exhibits to walk-in visitors.

•Federal workers earning $11,000-a-year to work at a shelter in Little Rock were forced to work without pay.


•1,282 marines were furloughed at the Marine Air Ground Task Force Combat Center

•Movie production was suspended in Angeles National Forest, the L.A. River, the Sepulveda Dam and the West Lost Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center


•The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit in Grand Junction was closed.


•13 Head Start programs that serve 320 children in Bridgeport, Connecticut were shut down completely.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in New Haven furloughed 40 staffers.


•500 civilian employees were furloughed at Dover Air Force Base.

•60 employees at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area were furloughed.


•Launch preparations for the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft were put on hold.


•3,100 civilian workers at Fort Stewart were told to stay home on furlough.


•The state’s four commissaries were forced to sell off perishable items before shutting down Tuesday.

•Research into rat lungworm disease at the University of Hawaii was halted.


•850 of the state’s National Guard’s civilian workers (half of the total staff) were furloughed.

•Attorneys were expected to file motions to temporarily halt court proceedings in environmental lawsuits, tort cases and other civil matters.

•A rescue mission for a missing Boise woman was put on hold because workers were furloughed.


•One-third of the speakers at the Illinois River Coordinating Council were forced to cancel their trip to Peoria.

•2,500 civilian employees at the Naval Station Great Lakes turned over their duties to active-duty sailors and went home.


•Hoosier National Forest closed campgrounds and furloughed 45 staffers.


•A cafeteria in an Iowa federal office building usually has 500 to 600 customers a day. There were 200 on Tuesday.


•The Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site was closed.

•More than 300 civilian employees were out of work at McConnell Air Force Base.


•The Kentucky National Guard furloughed 1,300 employees.


•A NASA facility in New Orleans halted work on its new launch system.

•The Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans furloughed about 1,800 civilian workers.


•The Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s director for Maine closed his city office.


•Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation received roughly 4,000 applications for unemployment benefits because of workers being furloughed.

•Firefighters were forced to move a memorial service for a colleague killed in the line of duty.


•A local IRS office was closed.

•A government employee union official estimates 95 percent of staff members in her department were furloughed.


•State officials estimated that the shutdown would cost them $18 million a day.


•Air Force Reserve furloughed 300 workers at the 934th Airlift Wing. “How do you feed your family? How do you house your family? It’s ridiculous right now,” said one of those furloughed workers.

•The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge center closed its sites and locked its gates.


•450 of the Vicksburg District’s 1,100 federal employees were expected to be furloughed.


•The Columbia Environmental Research Center — a U.S. Geological Survey research facility — was closed.

•In mid-Missouri, people were no longer allowed to apply in person for a replacement Social Security card or a replacement Medicare card.


•The Bozeman Fish Technology Center, the Bozeman Fish Health Center, the Creston National Fish Hatchery, the hatchery in Ennis and the Montana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in Billings all closed.

•Glacier and Yellowstone national parks were closed to visitors. Those already at the parks were told to leave by Thursday.


•The commodity supplemental food program was shut down and food is not being distributed.


•530 Nevada National Guard technicians were furloughed.

•1,100 civilian employees at Nellis base outside Las Vegas were sent home.

New Hampshire:

•At Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Tuesday morning, 1,000 shipyard employees were forced off the job.

•At New Hampshire National Guard Base, 332 Army and Air Force technicians were told to not come into work.

New Jersey:

•More than half the 6,700 civilian workers at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst have been furloughed.

New Mexico:

•The widow of a Forest Service firefighter killed on the job was temporarily denied her late husband’s survivor benefits.

•Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument was closed.

New York:

•In New York City, as many as 50,000 federal employees are likely to be hurt by the shutdown.

North Carolina:

•The Department of Health and Human Services told 337 employees in the state not to show up for work Wednesday.

North Dakota:

•The North Dakota National Guard furloughed 430 of its employees.

•The acting superintendent at Theodore Roosevelt National Park wrote 40 furlough notices for his workers on Tuesday, and the one for himself.


•More than 1,800 Ohio National Guard employees and 8,700 air base workers were put on unpaid leave.

•27 eighth-graders from St. Agatha Catholic School saw their D.C. trip upended.


•Officials at Tinker Air Force Base estimated that 2,900 of 14,000 civilian employees were furloughed.


•Several federal offices in Portland, including the Department of Interior, USDA, GSA and EPA, were closed.


•The Gettysburg National Military Park was closed, including the historic battlefield.

•The VA halted vocational rehabilitation services.

Rhode Island:

•The Rhode Island National Guard furloughed 300 of its 425 civilian workers.

•At the Naval War College, civilian instructors were told to stay home.

South Carolina:

•Approximately 1,200 federal technicians for the S.C. National Guard were furloughed.

South Dakota:

•Tribal funds for foster care and other assistance were halted.

•The Davison County Conservation District was shut down because it operates at an office in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center.


•A man tried to pay his mother’s tax bill at the IRS but the IRS office was closed.


•Texas Tech students could see delays in financial aid.

•The George W. Bush Library and Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidential libraries were closed.


•Roughly 65,000 could see support from the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children halted.

•Half of the state’s national guard full-time workers were furloughed.


•The U.S. Forest Service in Rutland was closed.


•Roughly 3,600 people were furloughed at the Navy shipyard in Norfolk.


•A trip to Washington, D.C., that eighth graders from Washington state had spent more than a year raising money for became a “huge disappointment” due to closures.

West Virginia:

•1150 national guard employees were furloughed. “I mean we’ve got folks that aren’t going to get paid. They are going home. And some of them have just come back from war,” said Major General James Hoyer, state adjutant general.


•The state’s Hunger Task Force said it would lose out on 217,000 pounds of food it receives every two weeks from the federal government if the shutdown lasts into mid-October.


•Oil and gas leases between private companies and public lands were halted in the state.


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