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Wednesday, 02 October 2013 09:46

State departments and services currently not affected by federal shutdown

(AREA) -- 81st District State Representative Dan Lauwers says that all state offices and departments currently remain open despite the federal government's unwillingness to reach a budget compromise in Washington, D.C. Representative Lauwers of Brockway Township says the state Legislature approved the state budget back in June, four months ahead of time, so there's currently nothing to worry about regarding state services and programs. During the last 3-years, the state budgeting process has resulted in paying down more than $21 billion in debt and saving almost $580 million in the state's rainy day fund. Representative Lauwers did say a protracted federal government shutdown could impact funding for state-administered programs such as Medicaid and Women, Infants and Children.