The Latest: BLM worker warns shutdown has ripple effect
LAS VEGAS (AP) – The Latest on the government shutdown in Nevada (all times local):
A psychologist who is working without pay to provide mental health treatment for a federal agency in northern Nevada says “patients are not getting the help they need.”
Dr. Michael Moradshahi said in Reno Friday there’s a very real concern they’ll soon have to start discharging patients.
His wife, Erica Moradshahi, works part-time 27 hours a week for the Washoe County School District but fears she soon may have to look for another job. She says her income is not enough to support their family while her husband is not being paid.
They were among the 24 federal workers and their spouses who discussed their concerns with Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto in her Reno office on Friday.
A furloughed federal worker for the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada says the government shutdown will have a ripple effect on federal land management that lasts far longer than the shutdown itself.
David Pritchett, a BLM planner in Reno, said Friday deadlines are being missed for numerous federal permits for things ranging from gold mines to large recreational events. He says he’s also concerned about eroding the quality of the agency’s work while so many employees are off the job.
Pritchett says he’s lucky because he had saved up some money but many of his colleagues are not as fortunate and cannot tolerate skipping a pay cycle.
He says it’s extremely stressful because they don’t know when they’ll get paid again, and in the meantime, they still have to pay bills.