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State agencies, workers feeling impact from government shutdown

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

The Virginia National Guard says, it's feeling the impact of the government shutdown. 300 employees statewide are either currently furloughed or have had their hours cut.

Almost 200 are from the Department of Military Affairs, the agency that oversees the National Guard.

According to the adjutant general, if the shutdown continues their ability to protect the Commonwealth will be affected.

In a statement on the National Guard website, Major General Daniel Long, Jr says, there is no money for drill training or even to purchase fuel.

"Throughout the entire furlough, we have maintained our ability to rapidly respond," Long said in the statement. "But the personnel furlough and lack of appropriations for maintenance and training will soon impact our readiness."

Martin Kent, the Governor's Chief of Staff says, the Governor will not let Virginia be in harm's way.

"We are vigilant to ensure that essential services, like those in an event of an emergency situation, are there when we need them," Kent said.

A number of state agencies rely on some form of federal funding. Another is the Department of Labor and Industry, which oversees workplace safety.

Kent says, no one's life is in danger. "The agency is prioritizing inspections and follow ups to make sure those are actually done," said Kent.

Kent goes on to say that because the situation in Washington is fluid, the situation in Virginia could change either for the better or for worse.

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