Posted at 5:31 PM on June 24, 2011
by Paul Tosto
Our colleagues who produce MPR's All Things Considered show are looking for your questions about the shutdown. They'll take them on and try to find answers and then put some of those answers on the air.
We need some questions, though, so here's your chance.
Post a question below on the shutdown. You can also use our handy form if you want to go into detail.
MPR News reporter Catharine Richert's has already assembled some great FAQs about the possible shutdown.
Sorry for the off topic post, but...
Is there an RSS feed for this blog?
What can we do to help people tragically affected by the shutdown? Anybody organizing temporary daycare? food assistance? temp jobs?
Hillary, if you just paste this URL into Google Reader or other feed reader...that should work.
Where do we stand on food assistance (EBT, WIC)? Are these federally funded programs? Will the funds continue to flow during a shut down? If not, are local food shelves able to meet the needs of people who will be looking for other sources of food?
Similarly, are there other forms of government assistance that we can say for sure WON'T be affected because they are federal and not state?
I work with low-income adults, most of whom are new immigrants and refugees. Rumors are flying fast in these communities about potentially drastic affects of a government shut down. I would like to be able to give them more information about what is worth worrying about and what is not.