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How the government shutdown affects Indiana

by Indiana Public Broadcasting

October 1, 2013

Some federal workers in Indiana were furloughed today because of the federal government shutdown.  There are 20,000 federal civilian employees in the Hoosier state, but not all of them are affected.  At Grissom Air Reserve Base near Kokomo, Lieutenant Colonial Gary Lockhard says about 600 full-time civilian employees and reservists were furloughed.  About 25 air traffic controllers and 50 base security staff will remain on duty as essential personnel.  Indiana National Guard spokesman Cathy Van Bree says about 1,000 federal technicians are also affected.  She says the same workers were furloughed for six days earlier this year because of the sequestration budget measure.  The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the Hoosier National Forest are furloughing about 50 workers each.

Members of Indiana’s Congressional delegation are pointing fingers at each other’s political parties when assigning responsibility for the federal government shutdown today.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports.