The federal government shutdown has hit Virginia hard in many ways and now we are getting a clear picture of how it is impact state government.
Earlier this week Gov. Bob McDonnell's Chief of Staff Martin Kent said approximently 300 state workers were being furloughed because their positions were funded with federal dollars.
Today he revealed which agencies were impacted.
"The Department of Military Affairs, The Department of Labor and Industry, and several institutions of higher learning with Norfolk State and Virginia Tech (sponsored programs) having the majority of the impacted higher education employees," said Kent in statement.
Here is the full statement from Kent:
“We continue to estimate that approximately 300 state employees have either been furloughed, or had their hours reduced, as a result of the federal government shutdown. The breakdown of numbers contained in Monday’s update continues to hold. However, today we can further specify the state agencies most affected by the shutdown. Those agencies are: The Department of Military Affairs, The Department of Labor and Industry, and several institutions of higher learning with Norfolk State and Virginia Tech (sponsored programs) having the majority of the impacted higher education employees. This is all based on information reported to the Department of Planning and Budget by the agencies. We would stress that this situation remains a moving target. Every day events and decisions made at the federal level change the impact of the shutdown on Virginia’s state government and our employees. This situation will continue to remain in flux.
“As of this moment we believe critical state needs are being met. However, should the shutdown persist, circumstances may change. It is also important to remember that the overall impact on the state's economy due to furloughed federal employees will only be ascertained through future revenue data that will come in the weeks and months ahead. The governor remains adamant that leaders of both parties must work together to end this shutdown. The federal government must reopen immediately. The shutdown is unacceptable, and it is having a direct, negative effect on states, businesses and families.”
-Martin Kent, McDonnell Administration Chief of Staff