AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - If the Federal Government shutdown drags on much longer some state workers could be facing layoffs. That is the warning from Governor LePage.
Salaries of state workers in the Department of Labor and several other state agencies are funded at least partially with federal dollars. Those are the workers who could be laid off if the shutdown continues into next week.
More than 400 Air and Army National Guard members are now out of work. They've been furloughed because of the government shutdown. Their jobs include refueling Air Force Jets, handling logistics for weekend training sessions and maintaining facilities and equipment for the Maine National Guard.
The Governor is not happy about that. He has sent a letter to members of Maine's Congressional Delegation urging them to include those guard members in the Pay Our Military Act, the order calling for the military to be paid during the shutdown. LePage says problems for the state will begin to expand beyond the National Guard if the shutdown is not ended by this weekend.
"We have a lot of people where 75% of their pay is federal, 50% of their pay might be federal and some cases 100% of those people. They are all going to be gone next week because we won't have the money. So now we start this whole situation of bumping rights and it's going to be havoc for state government", said LePage.
We're told the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education are the agencies with the most workers getting federal dollars. Department heads are now compiling lists of those employees to determine who is getting those federal dollars.