When the Citizens’ Advisory Commission on Federal Areas last met, the theme was overreach from Washington. But this go-round, it seems the group is unexpectedly dealing with federal underreach.
Even though the federal government is shut down, poor women and children can still get food vouchers through the State of Alaska.
Yesterday, hundreds of workers trickled out of Juneau’s federal office carrying boxes of personal items, plants, and even pet fish — basically, any personal items they might want during their furlough.
Nearly 700 civilian and military personnel around the state who work with the Alaska National Guard have been furloughed.
Many Alaskans live their lives by the weather. But how will the government shutdown affect the organizations that provide weather information to the state?
Like other federal agencies, most of the Alaska Region’s 650 Forest Service workers are going on furlough as a result of the Government Shutdown, which began Tuesday. The Forest Service is the biggest federal employer in Petersburg, with about 70 local staffers. Nearly all of them were put on furlough after shutting down both local offices.
With the help of some Congress members and their staff, who distracted police and brought down the barricades, the veterans made their way into the memorial, as tourists cheered.
In addition to shutdowns of national parks (including Alcatraz Island and Yosemite) and the supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children, the mandatory furloughs are affecting a wide range of government science and health agencies.
There isn’t even a glint of solution somewhere off on the horizon, NPR’s Mara Liasson says. On Morning Edition, she told host Steve Inskeep that as of Wednesday morning there was “no escape hatch.”
The Forest Service has decided to make changes in its Tongass land management plan.