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6:19 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Governor asking lawmakers to consider legislation in case of future government shutdown

Secretary of Revenue Robert Kiss addressing legislators in a Joint Committee on Finance meeting in the House Chamber.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A representative of Governor Tomblin reported to legislators no programs had to be cut and no employees had to be laid off as a result of the federal government shutdown, but with an agreement from Congress that only funds the government through the first of the year, the administration is still worried the state could run into the same issues again.

The governor and his staff are now asking state lawmakers to consider taking legislative action to prevent future problems when there’s a lack of federal funding.

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Government Shutdown
12:00 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Federal workers in W.Va. beginning to apply for unemployment

So far, about 200 federal employees across the state of West Virginia have begun the process of signing up for unemployment benefits. That’s according to numbers from WorkForce West Virginia.

At the end of the first quarter of this year, West Virginia had 23,270 federal workers. A spokesperson for the state Department of Marketing and Commerce said they expect to have exact numbers on how many of those workers have been furloughed by the end of the week.