If lawmakers in Washington, D.C., don't find common ground on a budget by midnight Friday, the federal government runs out of money. The Vermont National Guard is getting ready for a possible government shutdown.
Maj. Gen. Michael Dubie says more than 400 guard members would be told to stay home and he doesn't know if they'd eventually get paid. Another 450 active duty soldiers and airmen would continue working, but no word on when their paychecks will come. If the shutdown happens, the guard may turn to its charity to help families make ends meet. That's normally only used during deployments.
"Because of the generosity of many Vermonters, we do have a reasonable balance in the charitable foundation, so we're going to check with the bylaws to see if we could maybe use the charitable foundation as an emergency fund for some of our soldiers and airmen who may run into hardship," Dubie said.
Guard employees who are paid by the state or are considered critical to national safety would not be affected if there's a shutdown. Dubie said the guard has already changed weekend work plans bracing for the possible work stoppage.