Government shutdown 2013

I like the top 10 story lists that are compiled by Monroe News, Associated Press and many other news organizations for the end of year features. But as I looked through the Monroe on a Budget reader stats for 2013, I realized there was only one top story on this beat: the government shutdown’s impact […]

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This might not work for anyone waiting on child support from a furloughed worker, or those who are private contractors. But federal employees may be able to get a note to present to their creditors asking for patience or special arrangements on paying bills. The Monroe News has the explanation from the Associated Press at […]

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Update: MCOP announced Oct. 23 that individual, church and business donations have been made available to keep the pantry open rather than close it temporarily. By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget This is a VERY IMPORTANT public service announcement for my readers in Monroe, Mich. I have an article in today’s edition of […]

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Update: The Associated Press reports the highlights of the bill passed by the House and Senate on Oct. 16 include this detail: GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: Ends it immediately, finances federal agencies through Jan. 15. Workers furloughed without pay when the shutdown began Oct. 1 receive back pay Previous reports The Associated Press has sent a report, […]

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The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s edition: By Paula Wethington If you want to know what questions a family on a tight budget had in regards to the partial federal government shutdown, take a look at the topics that brought readers to the Monroe on […]

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If you have a military ID, Sam’s Club is inviting you to shop at its store with a free temporary pass because of the stateside commissary shutdowns. Local readers: there are Sam’s Clubs in Ypsilanti, Canton, Southgate and Toledo. The press release explains the details: Sam’s Club Offers Free Passes to Military during Shutdown WHAT: In […]

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Update: The Associated Press reports the highlights of the bill passed by the House and Senate on Oct. 16 include this detail: GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: Ends it immediately, finances federal agencies through Jan. 15. Workers furloughed without pay when the shutdown began Oct. 1 receive back pay. Original post By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a […]

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Update: The Associated Press reports the highlights of the bill passed by the House and Senate on Oct. 16 include this detail: GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: Ends it immediately, finances federal agencies through Jan. 15. Workers furloughed without pay when the shutdown began Oct. 1 receive back pay. Original post By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget A stroke of good timing on the grant cycle is keeping the Monroe County, Mich., Head Start program running as usual. The program recently was transferred to the administration of the Monroe County Intermediate School District, which already was operating Early Head Start. Students started classes on […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget If you receive cash assistance from Michigan Department of Human Services through the Michigan Bridge Card, you’ll want to pay close attention to the partial federal government shutdown. The reason is that while cards that are scheduled to credited this week will be funded, a longer shutdown […]

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Update: The Associated Press reports the highlights of the bill passed by the House and Senate on Oct. 16 include this detail: GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: Ends it immediately, finances federal agencies through Jan. 15. Workers furloughed without pay when the shutdown began Oct. 1 receive back pay By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget Earlier […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget One of the most frequently asked questions that have come my way in regards to the partial federal government shutdown, either in person or with Internet searches landing on Monroe on a Budget, involves unemployment benefits. This took a little more time to pin down than I […]

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Would you like to look up the plans that federal agencies prepared in case of a partial federal government shutdown? I found many of the details I’ve been reporting in those documents. During the past few days, I’ve discovered the reports via embedded links in national news reports or going to the agency Web sites. […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget The latest: MCOP announced Oct. 11 it would have to close The Lord’s Harvest Food Pantry for a total of nine days in October and November because of federal budget woes. Story is at Monroe News.com Previous report: The partial federal government shutdown is resulting in a […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget If you are a military person or family member living in southeast Michigan, the chances are pretty good you have shopped at the commissary at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. My daughter had military dependent ID card for a couple of years when she was in high […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget One of the federal agencies that is not involved in the partial government budget shutdown is the U.S. Postal Service. The reason for the exemption is that it has its own source of income. You will still receive mail even today, and can still send mail. U.S. […]

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By Paula Wethington  / Monroe on a Budget In most cases, child support payments and disbursements will not be affected by the partial federal government shutdown. Here’s why: Child support is generally a function of state government, even when parents live in different states. I’ve seen how this works first hand. Shortly before my daughter […]

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By Paula Wethington  / Monroe on a Budget If you are a college student in classes during fall semester or quarter, it’s likely that any Pell grants for this academic term have already been credited to your student account and therefore there is no impact on your current college financial aid even if there is […]

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By Paula Wethington  / Monroe on a Budget What happens to military retirement benefits if there is a federal government budget shutdown? The latest Huffington Post is among the news outlets reporting Oct. 9 that Veterans, families may not receive disability and pension checks, VA chief warns: About 3.8 million veterans will not receive disability […]

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By Paula Wethington  / Monroe on a Budget If there is a federal government budget shutdown, the Monroe Housing Commission in Monroe, Mich., will stay open Tuesday with its staff in the office. But Nancy Wain, executive director of MHA, said the agency will directly be impacted. “We won’t have any contact with our field […]

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