Most state agencies were not immediately affected by the first shutdown of the federal government in 17 years, West Virginia officials said Tuesday.
But state National Guard members, airport screeners and many of the roughly 23,000 federal employees who live in West Virginia weren't so lucky.
National legislators, embroiled in a partisan dispute over the Affordable Care Act, missed a deadline Monday night required to continue to fund the federal government. Negotiations continued Tuesday with the possibility for a funding solution at any time.
Federal lawmakers also approved a measure at the 11th hour Monday to pay many members of the military and civilian Defense Department employees.
That doesn't include the men and women of the National Guard though. Maj. Gen. James Hoyer had to send home 1,150 of the 2,339 employees required to be at work Tuesday without the shutdown.
"What can you say to those people?" Hoyer said Tuesday in a press conference, talking about idled employees.
"We ask these people to lead and to build relationships and compromise and work through situations. Those who are supposed to be protecting them, I would hope would be able to do the same thing."
Many Guard members are all too accustomed to days without pay: Hoyer said 980 of the men and women sent home are federal technicians who also received six furlough days in the past year.
National Guard members and others were forced to take unpaid leave as a part of massive federal spending cuts triggered through the so-called sequester.
Hoyer said the National Guard isn't officially telling its furloughed employees to pinch pennies yet. That might become a possibility if the situation persists, though.
Some of the National Guard's remaining employees are paid through a federal reimbursement system, Hoyer said. The state covers the cost for the employees with the expectation that the federal government will eventually pick up the tab.
That doesn't happen during a government shutdown.
"At some point, later in this week, if there's not a resolution to this, then we're going to have to look at sending an additional group of people home because we won't have the additional state dollars to float them longer than a certain period of time," he said.
That affects the 30 federally funded firefighters at Yeager Airport. The airport can't function without firefighters, Hoyer said.
Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper announced late Tuesday the commission would meet this afternoon to consider providing local funds for the firefighters.
The National Guard is not the only entity with funding through federal reimbursement.
Many of the 10 agencies under the Department of Commerce - the Division of Labor, the Office of Economic Opportunity, and others - are funded through a similar mechanism, said department spokeswoman Chelsea Ruby.
The daily activities of the department and its entities aren't affected at the moment, but that could change if the shutdown drags on, she said.
"I would say if it goes on for a week to two weeks, our agencies would start to see some of the trickle down effects," Ruby said.
There are other federal employees at Yeager Airport affected by the shutdown as well.
Airport Director Rick Atkinson said 10 to 15 local administrators with the Transportation Safety Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration were furloughed Monday. Many TSA and FAA employees - like security screeners or air-traffic controllers - were still on the job, Atkinson said.
The two agencies rent space at the airport, to the tune of almost $38,000 a month, Atkinson said. The agencies just paid their September rent, but if the shutdown runs into November that payment can't happen, Atkinson said.
The Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety could be in a bind if the shutdown lasts until next week.
The state's Division of Justice and Community Services oversees any federal grants provided to the department, spokesman Lawrence Messina said.
"It has been told that the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs has sufficient resources to remain operational through Friday," Messina said in an email.