Thousands of federal workers throughout the Hoosier state in the military have signed their furlough notices. There’s uncertainty of when they'll be paid again. This includes hundreds of military civilians and their families here in
Out of the millions of workers involved with the u-s military, only those on active duty will be paid during the government shutdown. This is thanks to a bill signed by President Barack Obama over the weekend. Those not on active duty though, have been sent home with no pay.
It’s a business day and Aubrey Higginbotham, a civil engineering officer at the
"There was a lot of hopes and a lot of people hoping there would be a midnight deal reached and obviously we reported to work on Tuesday to find out and I think most people myself included already checked the news and knew what we were coming in to do."
Out of nearly 300 workers on the base, 200 have been placed on a no pay status pending a decision from congress of how federal dollars will be spent. Higginbotham uses few words to sum up today’s events.
"It’s very stressful. This will significantly impact the families and their plans, their well being and families," she said.
Public affairs officer for the Indiana National Guard Lt. Col Cathy Van Bree says this will shake day to day operations.
"Unfortunatly this situation is going to have a big impact on service members and their families because of lack of pay as well as the operations because it is 50% of our workforce that will not be able to come to work."
There are 244 state employees that work just for the Indiana National Guard. Governor Pence has made the decision to pay those employees for the next seven days for future reimbursement.