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Faces of the shutdown: Jeremy Lancaster


Jeremy Lancaster worked as an independent subcontractor at the Department of Rehabilitation Services in Bemidji. His job specialized in vocational rehabilitation, where he would work with people who have trouble getting jobs.

Although Lancaster also works at another job, he views the government shutdown as detrimental.

"I have a one-year contract there. If I were to break a contract like that, I'd be in court."

He said that this shut down will be proving even harder for the people he is trying to help.

"I will have to keep my other job," said Lancaster, "but this affects the people I serve more than it affects me."

Lancaster explained that for every day that these people are unemployed, the Minnesota government will be paying extra for their social services.

They should be getting jobs," said Lancaster, "their lives are on hold."