Muskogee residents worried about federal shutdown impact


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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 10/03/2013 5:39 pm Published: 10/03/2013 5:19 pm


In Muskogee, the federal shutdown is having an effect on local businesses and families.

People are worried one of the largest employers, the VA regional office, could close down.

Money to pay the bills and put food on the table are things that the more than 1,400 employees who work in the VA regional office are starting to think about as the government shutdown continues.

It is business as usual inside the nation's largest VA regional office, at least through Friday, says spokesperson Jacob Nicols.

"The veterans are the ones that are hurting from this because the claims process is practically stopping," he said.

Mackenzie Kershaw said he has a claim pending and he also works in the building, so his claim is processed at a different location.

"It's the same process, just a different building," he said.

FOX23 has learned he won't be furloughed because he works for a nonprofit, not directly for the government. But he knows with furloughs looming around the corner, employees and the community will feel the impact

"I mean it's going to have a big impact depending on how long it lasts," he said.

We've learned it already has impacted nearby businesses.

FOX23 continues to work to find out when employees will be furloughed, but it's still a developing situation and hard numbers still aren't known.


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Mayor Maynot - 10/3/2013 5:50 PM
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I talked to my land lord about it. He said don't worry.
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