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Shutdown Furloughs Maine Army National Guard Employees
10/01/2013 02:47 PM ET  

Maine Gov. Paul LePage says, for now, the shutdown won't have much of an effect on state government functions, but that could change if it continues for an extended period.

Nearly 300 federal employees of the Maine Army National Guard have been put on furlough as a result of the government shutdown. That's according to Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who says it's the second time this year for many of the workers, who were also furloughed because of sequestration.

But LePage says a short-term shutdown won't affect Maine's public schools or public assistance programs administered through the Department of Health and Human Services or the Department of Labor. In addition, he says it won't affect state emergency or environmental operations.

But Lepage says if the shutdown continues, it could be a different story. "A short-term shutdown won't impact the operation of Maine state government. But if the shutdown continues for an extended period, then it could affect some state agencies," he says in a statement.

"With the politicians constantly fighting over the budget, sequestration and the debt ceiling, in addition to $17 trillion in national debt, we cannot rely on the federal government to pay for public assistance programs or state services for Maine people," LePage says.


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