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Federal shutdown to have little impact

The government what?

While the federal government shutdown this week made headlines across the country, it appeared to have little impact on the lives of many county residents.

Bill Powell, executive director of South Plains Community Action Association, said the agency has not yet felt any adverse effects.

‘I don’t think we’ll see anything in the first 30 days,’ Powell said. ‘We’ve got contracts that are not tied to the fiscal year – October 1. Most of our contracts are prior to that time.’

He said the shutdown is not hurting the Head Start program at this time. 

Other programs, like WIC, have enough state funds to continue operating for a while, Powell said.

If the shutdown persists, there could be a money crunch down the road, he added.

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