With officials in Washington still at an impasse on the federal government shutdown, state leaders are stepping in (at least temporarily) to keep some essential services going.
Adjutant General James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard announced Tuesday the Guard would be able to bring most of its employees back to work…with state money picking up the tab.
Hoyer said the state wouldn’t be able to maintain this arrangement for more than a week, however.
State agencies also are able to make due without federal funds, at least temporarily. As Dave reports,The state Department of Health and Human Resources are doing “budgetary gymnastics” (Dave’s words…I’m a little jealous I didn’t think of that expression) to keep federally-funded programs operating without federal funding.
The Department of Commerce and Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety are making similar adjustments, but none will be sustainable for very long.
In other news…
- Furloughed federal employees are now eligible to apply for unemployment benefits through Workforce West Virginia. At close of business Monday, more than 200 employees had signed up.
- West Virginia’s congressional delegation is split on how to end the government shutdown.
- One of the Kanawha Valley’s largest employers, Charleston Area Medical Center, will eliminate health coverage for part-time employees starting Jan. 1. It’s an attempt by CAMC to avoid the so-called “Cadillac tax” in the Affordable Care Act, which penalizes employers for expensive healthcare coverage.