The Partial Federal Government Shutdown
State level decisions are often affected by what is going on at the federal level. And the federal government funds and administers a wide range of programs and services that matter to the quality of life of North Carolinians and the ability of our communities to plan and thrive.
The partial federal government shutdown that began on Dec. 22, 2018, and temporarily ended on Jan. 25, 2019, demonstrated just how critical the role of the federal government is in our daily lives. Here is a list of what was affected during the partial government shutdown.
- How retailers accepting SNAP benefits have seen their licenses lapse across the state
- How families receiving SNAP benefits should plan given February benefits will be added to EBT cards this month and must extend through the full month of February
- How school districts are preparing for the potential impact of loss in school nutrition funding in March
- How workers affected by the federal shutdown can access the state’s unemployment insurance system
- How housing programs are at risk and project-based rental assistance contracts are expiring
The Federal Budget and North Carolina
North Carolina receives nearly a third of the public dollars spent on community priorities from the federal government. That’s why the it matters to North Carolina and how the federal budget funds programs that support the health, well-being, and infrastructure in our communities matter to North Carolina.
The Federal Budget process is distinct from how North Carolina manages its state finances. The Center on Budget & Policy Priorities has created a helpful overview of the process.
Federal programs and services funded through the budget process — as well as separate appropriation bills — provide millions of North Carolinians with health care, educational opportunities, and the tools to support their communities’ well-being.