How will government shutdown affect SWLA? - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

How will government shutdown affect SWLA?

By: Victoria Waterman

LAKE CHARLES, LA  (KPLC) - Lake Charles resident Kenneth Goins was strolling along pondering what his life would be like if a shutdown was to occur in Washington. In 2006, he was forced to retire after being hurt on his job.  As a result, Goins says he relies on disability checks from the government.

KPLC went digging to find out more about how Southwest Louisiana will be affected.   Here are the nuts and bolts:

-          Social Security office will be closed.

-          Non-essential military and non-essential government workers will not be paid.

-          Getting a passport will prove to be difficult as the process involves a more hands-on approach.

McNeese State University economist Dr. Michael Kurth assures that since many in this area are not directly employed by the federal government that the shutdown will not cause any significant problems.

Seniors and their Meals on Wheels nutrition program is also in question. However, Calcasieu Council on Aging's CFO John Citizen says they are ready for any funding hit as a result of a government shutdown. Citizen says they already getting funding from other sources including the police jury, United Way and their own for-profit bingo.   This bingo game generates just about $50,000 to help out its parish seniors.

Local national weather service office says that in the event of a shutdown that their agency will still continue functioning and weather warnings will continue to go out.

As it gets down to the 11th hour in hassling out our country's budget, many are still hoping for a last minute solution.

Copyright 2011 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • CPSB committee members approve Pre-K tuition for ineligible students

    CPSB committee members approve Pre-K tuition for ineligible students

    Wednesday, January 24 2018 6:07 AM EST2018-01-24 11:07:36 GMT
    (Source: WikiCommons/Flickr/Abrhujit Tembhekar)(Source: WikiCommons/Flickr/Abrhujit Tembhekar)

    A pre-k tuition proposal for Calcasieu Parish public schools was approved at Tuesday night's hours-long curriculum committee meeting.

    More >>

    A pre-k tuition proposal for Calcasieu Parish public schools was approved at Tuesday night's hours-long curriculum committee meeting.

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    Mancuso: Search in Starks related to decade-old missing persons case

    Mancuso: Search in Starks related to decade-old missing persons case

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 7:59 PM EST2018-01-24 00:59:49 GMT
    Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso says deputies are acting on a tip and searching a field in Starks for a body of a person missing for more than a decade. (Source: KPLC)Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso says deputies are acting on a tip and searching a field in Starks for a body of a person missing for more than a decade. (Source: KPLC)

    Authorities with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office are investigating after receiving a tip that a body of a person missing for more than a decade may be buried in a field behind the EZ Mart on La. 12 in Starks. However, Sheriff Tony Mancuso stressed that the investigation has revealed nothing thus far. "There is nothing concrete that tells us there is something or there isn't something," he said. Mancuso also put to bed social media rumors that multiple bodies have be...

    More >>

    Authorities with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office are investigating after receiving a tip that a body of a person missing for more than a decade may be buried in a field behind the EZ Mart on La. 12 in Starks. However, Sheriff Tony Mancuso stressed that the investigation has revealed nothing thus far. "There is nothing concrete that tells us there is something or there isn't something," he said. Mancuso also put to bed social media rumors that multiple bodies have be...

    More >>
  • Mother claims 7 year-old son was kicked off school bus far from home

    Mother claims 7 year-old son was kicked off school bus far from home

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 7:50 PM EST2018-01-24 00:50:49 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    A Lake Charles mother claims her 7 year-old son was kicked off his school bus more than a mile away from home. Now, she's left looking for answers. Toni Thomas says her son, Joseph, didn't get off the bus one day.  "People were calling and knocking on the door, kids were running," said Thomas. "They came in and they were said Joe got put off the bus and I thought they were talking about at the school because he gotten in trouble or something, but they s...

    More >>

    A Lake Charles mother claims her 7 year-old son was kicked off his school bus more than a mile away from home. Now, she's left looking for answers. Toni Thomas says her son, Joseph, didn't get off the bus one day.  "People were calling and knocking on the door, kids were running," said Thomas. "They came in and they were said Joe got put off the bus and I thought they were talking about at the school because he gotten in trouble or something, but they s...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly