Officials say N.H. shutdown fix could irk federal government
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Posted on 1/23/2019 by
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A month into the federal government shutdown, Senate President Donna Soucy and House Speaker Steve Shurtleff say they’re looking for a New Hampshire fix.

As Transportation Security Administration workers and air traffic controllers continue to show up to work without pay, the state’s Democratic leaders are exploring legislation to allow all unpaid workers to collect unemployment insurance until the shutdown is resolved.

But doing so could also risk irking the federal government and could invite a string of repercussions for the state, according to the Richard Lavers, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Employment Security. In recent weeks, the U.S. Department of Labor, which distributes federal unemployment insurance funds, has attempted to discourage states from taking the approach.

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