RICHMOND - Gov. McDonnell wants people to know that there are plans in place if the government shutdown happens at midnight.
So far, they have started surveying agencies to ask them exactly what they will need from the state in the midst of a shutdown and there are funds available if we get to that point
But the governor says they don't intend to have to do that.
"I just want the people to know we are on top of it, that we do have these plans," he says. "In an extremely long shutdown we do have this deficit spending we could go into. It's not a preferred tool, but it is available."
There are 172,000 federal civilian employees in the state of Virginia and since the state is so close to the Nation's capital, it could affect the Virginia more than others.
McDonnell says if the shutdown last through Friday, at that point more decisions will have to be made in the Commonwealth and will reevaluate dipping into those funds.
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