Holcomb says Indiana is preparing for federal government shutdown as deadline looms
Gov. Eric Holcomb said he’s holding out hope that the federal government won’t shut down as a funding deadline looms this week.
Still, the governor said the state is bracing for it.
He said the state has been preparing for a shutdown and that government benefits such as SNAP — commonly called food stamps — can go about a month without disruption.
“This is avoidable, if cooler heads prevail,” Holcomb said.
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Holcomb said these issues are why the state is trying to diversify the companies and industries it attracts.
“We think that that will help us weather any cycle that may be closer,” Holcomb said.
In the most immediate impact, there are more than 22,000 federal employees in Indiana that could lose their pay during a shutdown.