Oregon state government has yet to see deep impacts from a three-week federal government shutdown, but some Oregonians are feeling the pinch.
Today, the shutdown tied the longest in U.S. history at 21 days. With President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats unwilling to budge over funding for a wall on the southern border, there does not appear to be an easy exit in sight. In late December, about a week into the shutdown, Elizabeth Craig, spokeswoman for the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, said state agencies that receive funding from their shuttered federal counterparts could weather the storm for about another week without making any adjustments.
But some federal payments have continued during the shutdown, and the state has reserves to keep others afloat. This week, Craig sent Salem Reporter an update on agencies and programs that rely on federal dollars. Craig has previously said the state would seek to recoup any extra money it has to shell out during the shutdown. The biggest impact, she said, is a change in workload. Federal judges aren’t working, so federal cases impacting the state and Oregonians are placed on hold.
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Three weeks into shutdown, Oregon state government weathering the storm
The state has yet to see deep impacts from a three-week federal government shutdown, but future funding for welfare programs and some state agencies is uncertain.

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