Shutdown’s Effects Limited, But State Could Eventually Step In

On the day the federal government shutdown tied the record for being the longest ever, Governor Asa Hutchinson said few Arkansas state services have been affected. But the state could take over some current federal responsibilities if the shutdown continues.

Hutchinson said Friday, that the shutdown led to a temporary furlough of six federally funded Arkansas State Crime Lab employees who process Drug Enforcement Agency evidence. He said they were furloughed a couple of days but oddly brought back to work. Ten Department of Finance and Administration employees who manage federal funds remain furloughed, creating a hardship on those families, he said.    MORE

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