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Confusion Over The Government Shutdown
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) It's business as usual.
That's the phrase reiterated by some area agencies following the news of a government shutdown.
Women, Infants and Children - known as WIC Benefits - will continue through the month.
That's good news for 43 thousand participants in the state, and 69 hundred in south central Idaho.
"We just hope that this comes to a conclusion soon so it doesn't affect our clients because they will be greatly impacted if we are affected," said Tammy Walters, WIC Coordinator for South Central Public Health District.
On average, clients receive about 53 dollars a month to purchase specific items.
State officials explain, though, if the shutdown lasts longer than a month, benefits could be disrupted.
But the Department of Health and Welfare says they'll provide information for participants to make plans just in case.
"Of course, if the food vouchers aren't given, then the grocery stores are also impacted,” Walters said.
Meanwhile, Twin Falls City workers are being flooded with questions.
"Who they should call in case of an emergency, as well as who's going to maintain the parks," said Josh Palmer, City of Twin Falls.
The city is not affected by the partial government shutdown and, like always, if you have an emergency, you still need to dial 911.
"We've always had a balanced budget so we've always been able to maintain those services that the citizens expect," Palmer said.
While some doors are closed, others remain open.
An estimate shows a three to four week shutdown could cost 55 billion dollars.