Madison 'OK' through February if shutdown continues

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said the city will need to start using it's own funding to cover costs for government funded programs after February.

"I don't think we are in any position to where we need to drop anything," Soglin said.

Soglin says his staff has been in contact with the Dane County Airport. They say the airport has been functioning fine, despite TSA workers not getting paid.

Other federal employees across the state are feeling the repercussions too.

"We are going to have issues." Mel Klitzke said, Treasurer of Oxford Prison Union and Corrections Officer.

Federal employees at the federal prison have been working without pay since Dec. 22. Klitzke is worried about morale and his staff.

Meanwhile, Soglin is keeping a close eye on programs that help low income families in Madison and Dane County, such as food pantries, mother and infant programs and housing projects. He says they are the top priority if the shutdown looms past February.

"I don't think we are in any position to where we need to drop anything," Soglin said.

He is confident the city reserves will last through the summer.