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Local impact of federal government shutdown

OLYMPIA — As a former member of Congress, Gov. Jay Inslee had real concerns Monday night.

“I do want to take note about what increasingly looks like a shutdown of the federal government as of this hour,” Inslee said at a Monday afternoon news conference.  “Some 800,000 federal employees, including many here in Washington state, would be furloughed.  This would be a blow to our recovering economy here in our state.”

shutdownAt Joint Base Lewis-McChord, it’s estimated as many as 10,000 civilian workers would be immediately furloughed without pay.  Another 46,000 active-duty soldiers would still go to work in a shutdown, but might get government IOUs instead of paychecks until things are settled.

“Folks who are enlisted in the military don’t make a ton of money.  A lot of people live paycheck to paycheck and not knowing if they’re going to get paid on the 15th is going to add to a lot of stress for people in the community,” said Alex Bacon with Coffee Strong, a support organization near JBLM.

The Puget Sound Naval Station in Bremerton is Kitsap County’s largest employer.  Almost a quarter of its 13,000 workers would be furloughed without pay.  That’s on top of the sequester furlough days that effectively cut their pay by 20% this summer.

“They justifiably have high anxiety and all I can say is they’re bearing up with strength and purpose when I talk to them but I know it must be extremely frustrating for them,” Inslee said.

Unemployment checks could be held up if a shutdown lasts longer than a week.  State Department of Transportation road construction projects could face permit delays.

“The bottom line is this, as we know, is not a responsible way to govern and I urge members of Congress to work together to pass legislation to keep the government open,” Inslee said.

If a shutdown does happen, mail service and delivery of Social Security checks will not be affected, but all national parks will be closed.  If you are looking to buy a home, approval of any government-backed mortgage could be delayed.

The state’s Health Care Exchange website that goes live Tuesday morning will not be affected.

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7 Comments to “Local impact of federal government shutdown”

    Anonymous said:
    September 30, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    I’m tried of the scare tactics politicians play. They’ve already passed legislation that guarantees military personal payment. The only real impact is the closures of parks and museums (Gasp!). I’d like to ask the government and it’s workers what they thought the rest of us poor serfs did when the financial meltdown was happening. Millions were “furloughed” or forced to take vacation so their employers could weather the storm.

      S_Hunter said:
      September 30, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      AGREED! What is interesting is that politicians are exempt from this obamacare. If they (politicians) were REALLY interested in serving the American people, they would "adjust" their healthcare plans to go on COBRA when they leave office instead of lifetime medical. AMONGST OTHER "UPPER SOCIETY" BENE'S!

    S_Hunter said:
    September 30, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Just a footnote, How about living within their means like this rest of us (poorer half) HAVE TO DO! OMFG! WILL NEVER HAPPEN!

    My Info said:
    October 1, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    Hey are government needs to spend money right. ..it nice to see it shut down it shows how are government is all about they are not doing there job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think are government is headed down hill the last 2 year ….

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