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Federal Government Reimburses Indiana, Furloughed Employees

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was closed during the federal government shutdown.

The federal government has agreed to reimburse federal employees that were furloughed during the government shutdown, as well at the state government, which was paying $33,000 per day to keep National Guard state employees on the payrolls. Those employees are typically paid by the state by reimbursed by the federal government.

An Indiana National Guard spokesperson express gratitude to Governor Mike Pence, who decided Indiana was in strong enough fiscal condition to make up the difference while the government was partially shut down.

Pence had also indicated the state government had enough advanced federal funding to continue certain public assistance programs such as welfare and food stamps through the end of October.

Federal workers did not receive pay checks during the 16 days the government was shut down. But they will be back paid.

“We just completed payroll today, and it’s our understanding within the next couple of weeks we will be paid for our furloughed time,” says U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Field Supervisor Scott Pruitt.

Pruitt says the shutdown did, however, put him and other furloughed employees behind on important research and recovery projects.

“We’re back on the job and glad to be here and basically scrambling to catch up on nearly two weeks of work that’s piled up that needs to be addressed and everybody’s jumped in and taken it on,” he says.

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