LAS VEGAS (AP) - A week into the partial shutdown of the federal government, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is warning that the state cannot afford to pick up the slack.
During an open cabinet meeting Tuesday, the Republican governor said Nevadans will lose their food stamps and unemployment benefits if the federal government remains on ice through November.
Sandoval says all federal services are important, and he dreads having to pick among women, children and the unemployed. He added that he did not want to cause panic.
More than 400,000 Nevadans benefit from the food stamp program.
On the first day of the shutdown, Sandoval issued a statement saying recipients of unemployment benefits and food stamps should not see disruptions in benefits.