State's Preparation for Potential Shutdown Began in February

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Anchorage

Governor Parnell says he began in February looking for any potential problems that would come from a shutdown of the federal government. He said the subject first came up during a meeting of the National Governors’ Association. On returning to Alaska, he asked his cabinet to make sure the state is ready.

“I just asked them to identify if there were any financial hurdles we might encounter and be prepared for them and to work with the Office of Management and Budget on meeting those needs,” Parnell said.

Director of Management and Budget Karen Rehfeld says her office does not anticipate any immediate effects of a shutdown.  However,  she says the administration will monitor the state’s needs if the shutdown continues for more than a few days.

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