Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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October 11, 2013

Government shutdown impact being felt

The first government shutdown in 17 years has begun to impact area residents. If it continues very long, more Hoosiers may start to feel more pain.

A few have learned their jobs are affected.

In August, rural Batesville resident Kristen Giesting began her first one after graduating from Otterbein College. The Oak Ridge Associated Universities intern was working at the Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati.

After returning from a business trip to New Jersey to help her boss set up a drinking water analysis class, “there was a lot of talk around the office (about the possibility of the government closing) and everyone knew it was something that could be coming up.” Giesting’s employer told her to watch the news.

On Oct. 1, “I checked the Internet and saw the government was shut down. I expected it wouldn’t last more than a couple of days. Because I’m not an actual federal employee, I was told originally I would still be getting paid, but last Friday (Oct. 4), I got an e-mail from the internship agency that told me after that week the interns would not be getting paid anymore.”

Because of the shutdown, her research project on drinking water microbiology, which was to start in October, has been delayed.

“I feel like it’s not affecting me too negatively” because she’s living with parents Tim and Bev Giesting. “I don’t have to worry that I may or may not be getting paid, because I know I have a place to stay.”

Batesville resident Chris Fox, Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District coordinator, has been furloughed, he said Oct. 8. Normally at this time of year, producers would be placing orders for pond fish, but the office if closed.

Internal Revenue Service employee Laura Banks, Oldenburg, has been furloughed and is not allowed to talk to reporters, said a person who answered the home phone.

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