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As of Monday morning, I want to share with you where we stand. The impacts remain isolated to social services in that last week the state directed that all counties begin accepting new applications for WIC and making benefits available.

New modifications include:

· Work First cash benefits and employment services are suspended;

o Work First household impact is 364 households;

o 281 are child-only cases;

o 83 are employment cases;

o Impact on households is between $181 to $324 per month

· Refugee Cash and Medical Assistance applications are suspended;

We continue to look at our plan daily and respond to changes made via federal and/or state directives. The changes note above are in addition to the suspensions made more than one week ago that included direct impacts to adult and child day care services.

If you have any questions or would like more clarification about any action we’ve taken to date, please let me know.


Chris C.

Chris Coudriet | County Manager

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18 Comments on "Update from New Hanover Co. on government shutdown"

2015 years 9 months ago

Your argument is bogus. Budgets are to be voted on by both houses including the Dumocrat controlled Senate and signed by Dear Leader. Obummer is as much to blame as anyone else. And he is solely to blame for the shameful actions of the Executive branch.
And if you read the Constitution you would know the House Republicans (God bless them) are well within their authority to defund Obamacare.

2015 years 9 months ago

The Affordable Care Act will help a lot of people. We are in America, health care should be free for all Americans. I work in health care, the saddest thing is to tell a person that can not have surgery because of a pre existing condition. The ability to get birth control for which is needed. There are many good points of the affordable care. Both parties are to blame for not coming to an agreement. This has already been passed as a law, so we need to move on. The only people suffering are those of us outside the government.

2015 years 9 months ago

After reading your post, I understand why we are facing a healthcare crisis in this country. I only hope everyone else who works in the healthcare industry possesses more intelligence than you.

2015 years 9 months ago

1st: The Republicans did not shut down the Gov’t. The President and his Advisor have advised the Dems not to negotiate. They do not even show up to do so.
2nd: Laws are defunded everyday. We don’t hear about them because they are not always as controversial as The Affordable Health Care Act.
3rd: This so called “Affordable” law is anything but. It was passed with no funding at all. Do you know who will pay for it? You will and so far it has been more expensive than anything you may have had before. Especially if you can’t afford it because, then the IRS will levy a fine on you.
Lastly, I suggest that quite a few of you do some research on, exactly, how the system does or does not work. Stop being lemmings and repeating what others say. Think for yourselves. As a well educated man once said to me “You Better Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself!!!!!”

2015 years 9 months ago

Because of Obamacare…..have you read it? I HAVE. It will not help ANYONE. PPL that supported OC are not upset at what it will cause us. Fix the problem yes. But those living off of medicaid will CONTINUE. GET A JOB. Being in the healthcare industry I see all to often MANY abuse the system. About 2% really need it. As for these being suspended, why are not other programs not being. How bout the C Commissioners loose their pay. Some of those top end management loose their pay. Many ppl need help, temporarily. Its not their fault. Some of those kids are with deceased parents. IDIOTS…YOU need to know what the truth is. YES it is a problem of Republicans, BUT the Jacka#$$es called Democrats are to blame just the same They are ALL SCUM<

Guest: tax payer
2015 years 9 months ago

Congress did not shut down the government. They voted and passed bills to keep all necessary areas of the government open. It was Harry Reid in the Senate who refuse to allow a vote for it to be implemented. DOES ANYONE NOT KNOW HOW THE THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT WORKS AND WHAT THEIR FUNCTIONS ARE?? Congress did their part, the SENATE did not! I do think we have become the dumbest people, this is a matter of public record. Stop listening to a news media that is slanted ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE and check for yourselves. It’s easy to see what was put up for vote, what the vote was and who did or did not vote.

2015 years 9 months ago

who cares people should not have kids if they need goverment asest to take care of them.

2015 years 9 months ago

If you can’t even take care of yourself, why have children you can’t afford either?

Caring for the fatherless...
2015 years 9 months ago

You are an idiot! Some children receive checks because their Parent/Parents are deceased! Check your facts before you open your mouth and let hate fall out.

Sam S.
2015 years 9 months ago

Yeah, because no one ever falls on hard times AFTER they have children. With an attitude like that you should hope you never end up in a situation where YOU need help.

2015 years 9 months ago

Who cares? I care you dumb A$$!!! I am a grandmother raising three children because some drunk chose to drive and killed my daughter (their mother). Yeah, it’s my choice to not allow them to float in foster care and to raise them myself on my lowly Social Security check your president is threatening to take away also next month.
Maybe you should wake up buddy! not everyone who needs help is lazy or mass producing children they can’t afford. Life happens. Hope it doesn’t happen to you!

2015 years 9 months ago

Some people do not have the great job you must and around here good paying jobs are few and far between. I have had government assistance before AND I HAD A 50hr a week job paying minimum wage. Do the math its not that much to support a wife a child. Look at average income in Wilmington it’s not much higher than poverty level. I have paid taxes all my life and every now and again I can use that to my advantage a get what assistance I can. Our US government gives more aid money to third world countries than it spends on helping our weak and poor. Its the government misappropriating our funds that leads to our debt not helping our needy. We cancel Aid to the needy but are about to make a $168,000 deal to clean our parking decks!! See where the governments priorities are????

Robert T Willis
2015 years 9 months ago

yet another example of how Obama is making people suffer to get what he wants……sad to say the least!

2015 years 9 months ago

Repubicans caused this shut down. Said they were going to do it. The least they could do is own it. They are the ones making people suffer, all to try and defund a law they don’t agree with. A law that was passed by both houses and upheld by the Supreme Court. Like a bunch of little children who lose, cry and try to take their ball and go home. That is what’s actually happening in the real world.

2015 years 9 months ago

You seem to be confused. The President does not have the power to shut down the government. The House does. The House Republicans are the ones refusing to fund the government unless a LAW is defunded. That is not how our system is meant to work. This is not a bill that they are negotiating over, that has been done many times already. This is a LAW that has been upheld by the supreme court. If you have a disagreement with your mortgage company about something in your legally binding contract, do you refuse to pay all of your other bills until your mortgage company changes the contract to suit your desires?

scare tactic
2015 years 9 months ago

The president chose to shut down these programs so that the public would feel the wrath of the SHUT DOWN!!! Closing down National Parks!!! In 1995-96 the shut down of national parks costed the tax payers over 14 million. Now how is shutting down parks saving money!!! Now we have to back pay all the fourlonged employees with interest and extra benefits. The government knew they would so why even bother That is why they approved employees being payed back so soon. Now most these employees are on PAYED VACATION on TAX PAYERS PENNIES!! The shutdown of 1995-96 cost the US 1.5 billion as it was shut down. So how does this help. It doesn’t just gives the public a reason to complain and point fingers. THAT IS THE POINT SO YOU CAN BLAME SOMEONE. Not one politician is affected by the SHUT DOWN. It is not really shutdown. It is a ploy to scare the public into creating an opinion. If the shutdown cost The tax payers so much in 1995, How much do you think that equals today and how is it saving money?? IT IS NOT!!

2015 years 9 months ago

regardless of who is doing what in the government, its a shame that the first people hit are children. I know people who are caring for abused children who are not able to get assistance to help feed them or care for them so in essence the child is being abused again, this time by government. It is very interesting that the cuts have come first to the social services instead of to other non-essential things. Looks to me like someone is trying to force the vote. Hey, Mr President, House members and Congress drop the bill and just get these kids something to eat please!

2015 years 9 months ago

Anytime you start depending on other people or government entities to take care of you this is what happens. Sorry but if all you can do is minimum wage work then you must work the hours needed to feed your family. If it is 70 hrs Oh well.


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