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Furloughs End for Some Mississippi Workers

JACKSON, Miss.–The October 1 federal government shutdown left many workers at home last week being furloughed.

After missing six days on the job, on Tuesday around 1,300 Mississippi National Guard workers were back on the job.

“Most federal technicians in the Mississippi National Guard that were furloughed on October 1 have been called back to duty,” said Mississippi National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Tim Powell.

Powell talked about the hardship that being off work for even a week can create for a family.

“They have financial obligations and they must work to get a pay check just like anyone else, so they’re glad to be back,” he said.

The Pay Our Military Act is what has allowed these employees to get back to work and it was signed at the last hour so to speak on September 30 by President Barack Obama.

But not all employees have been so lucky to be back on the job for the National Guard in the state.

“The Mississippi National Guard has a good number of state employees that are funded by the federal government so those employees remain on furlough at this time,” said Powell.

He said that’s stills several hundred of the state employees under their command that are still at home.

Both Democrats and Republicans continue to go back in forth in Washington D.C. with little luck at the moment.

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