Government Shutdown Sends Kansas Workers Home

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Tuesday October 1, 2013

Thousands of federal employees in Kansas are now on furlough or working without knowing if or when they'll get paid.

The USDA Service Center office in west Wichita on Central near 119th street west is one example of a federal office with locked doors and darkened office during hours it would normally be open.

A sign is posted saying it will stay closed until government funding is restored.

Arlene Lamer and Martha Pint work in the US Department of Labor office in the US Court House. They went to work Tuesday knowing they wouldn't be on the job long. Lamer and Pint say they shut down equipment and prepared the office for closure.

Pint says, "Obviously I need to go back to work. We're a two income family with five kids. So I need to get back to work so I can make sure I get a paycheck."

Lamer says, "We depend on our income. We're employees. We're individuals. We're just like anyone else on the street that needs their job."

They're both hoping for a short government shutdown.

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