Federal shutdown trickles down to state level
North Carolina state government is still scrambling to figure out how the federal shutdown will affect state programs that are funded with federal dollars.
Gov. Pat McCrory, in talking with the N.C. Council of State today, said that the state commerce and health and human services agencies would be most affected, according to this report from WRAL.
NC DHHS sent out a press release late Tuesday afternoon stating that 337 workers would be furloughed, significantly curtailing emergency benefits for needy families and the state’s WIC (women, infants and children) department.
From the DHHS news release, detailing the categories of furloughed workers:
- Standard, follow up, licensure inspections of certain licensed healthcare facilities by federally-funded inspectors will cease.
- The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, will shut down this month as remaining funding runs out. The program is 100 percent federally funded and provides supplemental food, health care referrals and nutrition education for almost 264,000 women, infants and young children each month.
- Funding for North Carolina ‘s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, called Work First, will begin to run out.
- The Child Care Development Fund will begin to run out. Existing funds will likely cover a portion of the month of October.
- Funds for Adult Protective Services and Guardianship Services will begin to run out.
The N.C. Department of Public Instruction, reached today, said it wasn’t planning on furloughing any workers.