Public, officials taking wait-and-see approach
By JUDY SHERARD
Though few are immediately affected, most people in the area are following the news of the federal government's partial shutdown.
Dean Scott, Ness City, is disappointed the shutdown -- the result of a federal budget dispute -- couldn't be avoided altogether.
"I think it's like little kids in a playground," he said as he waited inside The Mall in Hays for his wife. "They're unwilling to work together. They don't have your interest or my interest (in mind). It's what's in theirs."
Hays City Manager Toby Dougherty said the situation isn't likely to have any immediate impact on how the city does business.
"If the shutdown persists, we may see delays in FAA funding for airport projects," he said.
The county is taking a wait-and-see approach, said Greg Sund, Ellis County administrator.
Most of the federal money the county receives is filtered through the state, so it's important to see how the state is affected, he said.
Hays USD 489 receives federal funds for some programs, but none of the staff is classified as federal employees.
Assistant Superintendent of Special Services Mark Hauptman said he wasn't aware of any programs that would be affected.
"We do receive federal education aid and Medicaid; however, (I) am unaware of any immediate impact on those programs."
"It won't impact us directly as we can still draw down funds, but it impacts those individuals that we use as resources," Donna Hudson-Hamilton, Early Childhood Connections director, wrote in an email.
Scott believes if the shutdown continues a long time, it will have "an impact on everyone."