ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - With the federal government shutdown entering another day, more people are facing the possibility of losing their paycheck.
Now the state is using its own money to keep some of its federal employees working.
The governor announced Monday that New Mexico will use emergency reserve funds to keep civilian National Guard employees on the job through this week.
Fifty-five civilian employees here would have been furloughed this week had it not been for the state money.
After a press conference here with National guardsmen and women, Gov. Susana Martinez said the state will use more than $53,000 just for this week to keep civilian workers, who support those national guardsmen and women, working though Friday.
She says she hopes the state will get the money back once congress ends the shutdown.
On Monday, Martinez addressed why it's important for New Mexico to pour its resources into support for the National Guard.
“This is a public safety issue,” Martinez said. “It is our number one priority because if we need to rescue a family or child out of the Jemez Mountains, we have the National Guard ready and available to do that.”
At the end of the week, they will have to reassess the situation.
If the shutdown continues, the governor says there is funding to delay furloughs for yet another week, but the governor is hoping that's not necessary.
Martinez is also urging the democratic-controlled U.S. Senate to approve a House bill that would provide funding for New Mexico’s national labs.
Democrats have spoken out against such bills they say are just piecemeal legislation that don't address the problem.
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