Gov't shutdown would pause unemployment, welfare
Lawmakers in Albany will vote this evening on another emergency spending bill, which could prevent the state government from shutting down.
Should lawmakers vote against the bill, residents would see nearly all government agencies and programs close down, including unemployment, welfare and food stamps.
Though there have been other cases where the state failed to pass a budget and operated on emergency spending bills, there has never been a time when the government was forced to shut down.
If a bill isn't passed, more than 150,000 state employees will not report to work, nor will they be paid.