Details On Government Shutdown Notices To Agencies
The following is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the expansive impact this unprecedented event would have on the state if it comes to fruition:
At the Department of Revenue within the Permanent Fund Dividend Division, Dividend application processing and review will cease. Within the Child Support Services Division all new and active child support casework will also likely cease.
If there is a shutdown, there will be no new investments within the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, however, the money that is currently in the Alaska Permanent Fund will still be managed prudently.
For the Department of Health and Social Services, marriage and birth certificates could be delayed or not issued at all. Only the most serious reports of abuse in state licensed residential and healthcare facilities will be investigated. Any Opioid response from the state could be halted entirely.
For the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, ALL office of Veterans Affairs staff will be laid off. This will impact 75,000 veterans and 20,000 family members who will no longer claim the benefits they have earned.
For the Department of Public Safety, nonprofit organization applications for grant money through the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault could be delayed, meaning victim service programs would no longer be provided. Even a partial shutdown could affect the Sex Offender Registry, as well as obtaining background checks necessary for employment.
The Department of Education and Early Development Services could see Early Learning and Headstart programs negatively impacted, and teacher certifications delayed.
For the Department of Natural Resources, the main source of revenue for the state's General Fund, even a temporary shutdown could halt collecting fees, and royalties, and state run parks will not be maintained.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game 2.5 million fish at the two Alaska state-owned hatcheries could be compromised, and take up to over three years to recover.
The Department of Environmental Conservation will function at a reduced level, but services that provide permits regarding wastewater, air, and retail food programs are at risk if there is a government shutdown.
Public Information Officer for the Department of Transportation, Meadow Bailey discusses what steps the DOT is taking to analyze the effects of a government shutdown in Fairbanks.
"We're doing our best to work our way through this, it's a really unique situation. It's not one that any of the state agencies or the state in general has gone through before. And so we're trying to make our way through that and to see what the impacts will be to people. There are specific requirements that we have in the Alaska constitution we need to provide for safety and for health, and we'll see how we fit into that. So you see there are some things that if we had an emergency our M and O crews would still respond to an emergency, when we have traffic lights that are out we probably will still be able to fix those. We probably wouldn't be able to some things like brushcutting, filling potholes. Those are the things we're going to look at and see. Are those services ones that we would continue to provide? "
For more information on the possible government shut down, go to www.alaska.gov