The Federal Shutdown In Arkansas


Governor Asa Hutchinson used his weekly radio address to discuss how the federal shutdown is affecting Arkansas.

“As we enter the fourth week of the partial federal government shutdown, which is the longest in the nation’s history, it is important to understand what is at stake and to note how this impacts all of us as Americans.”

In Arkansas, as a result of the federal shutdown, 17 state employees — seven from the State Crime Lab and 10 from the Department of Finance and Administration — were sent home but have since returned to work. This means that as of today, no state employees are on furlough in Arkansas.

It also means, more importantly, that the services these employees provide can continue uninterrupted. For the employees at the crime lab, that means top-notch DNA analysis and the criminal investigations can continue. And at DFA, it means federal grants that support women’s shelters and local police stations can still be administered and those funds provided where they are needed most.    MORE

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