The State is now under a temporary hiring freeze.
It's a way to deal with the projected effects of the federal government's partial shutdown.
It's an effort to save money and use that money instead to help pay for social programs that depend on federal funds.
"Not too many people realize that a lot of the programs the State administers are really federal programs," State Finance Director Kalbert Young said.
That includes programs like WIC and food stamps.
"Those funds look like they could be running out at the end of this month," Young said.
That's why the State is doing what it can to help.
Every month, the federal government pours more than $250 million into Hawaii for social programs.
"And that's everything from Medicaid reimbursements, food stamps, unemployment coverage, rental assistance, subsidized school lunches," Young said.
While a hiring freeze may not generate all the money needed, it's a start.
"Anybody who currently has a job offer with the State, that'll still be honored. Any positions in the process for recruitment -- they will continue as scheduled. The only thing that'll be delayed is new hires beyond that will probably not start till after the new year begins," Young said.
But, there are some exemptions to the hiring freeze -- like some of the critical jobs at the State Hospital, Youth Correctional Facility and Department of Health.
And the University of Hawaii and Department of Education are also exempt.
"Hopefully it won't go on very much longer. We don't know if the State can afford to keep the programs running if it goes on for very much longer," Young said.
The State hiring freeze is just a temporary measure. It really depends on how long the partial government shutdown lasts, and how much money the State needs to kick in.
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