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Will Temporary Fix Help or Hurt Us? CANI Officials Speak Out

In Indiana, local federal businesses and programs are working to catch up on missed time. Essential federal operations like the community of Northeast Indiana or CANI, never closed their doors during the shutdown.
In Indiana, local federal businesses and programs are working to catch up on missed time.  Essential federal operations like the community of Northeast Indiana or CANI, never closed their doors during the shutdown.

CANI officials and a political science professor speak out on whether this temporary fix will help or hurt us in the long run.

The government reopening with a sigh of relief for many heading back to work but also for federally funded programs that families rely on heavily.

After 16 days of waiting, Director of the CANI Head Start Program, Mary Lee Freeze, is finally at ease.

"It was a big relief that they came to a deal and I don't have to worry about children and families not getting services."

CANI provides services to thousands of people and families throughout Northeast Indiana.  Although their Head Start Program is funded by the government, their door remained open during the shutdown because it's considered an essential service.

"When the government shutdown, it didn't affect us right away, but what I know was that come November 1st which is the first day of our new fiscal year, if they didn't go back to work, we would have to close our doors."

CANI is safe from their November 1st deadline but since Wednesday's deal is only temporary, the program could be in jeopardy yet again come 2014.

Political Science Professor Thomas Schneider at the University of Saint Francis explains the meaning behind the provisional deal.

"There was the danger that the federal government would default on it's debt which would have had potentially catastrophic consequences.  It would have destroyed the country's credit rating.  It would have increased borrowing costs for the US government and this would have had consequences in the larger economy."

Another deal has to be reached by Congress on how to spend federal dollars by mid January.  If not, groups like CANI Head Start could go through this scare and face possible furloughs.
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