How the federal shutdown is affecting local governments

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email
All non-essential federal employees are being furloughed and those showing up to work are still not being paid. Local leaders say a short-term shut down will not affect state and local governments as much.

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News12 First at Five / Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- All non-essential federal employees are being furloughed and those showing up to work are still not being paid. Local leaders say a short-term shut down will not affect state and local governments as much.

Every day Congress can't get it together, the more likely you'll start to notice a difference. State Senator Hardie Davis spent the morning reading to Pre-k students. The children's book has a happy ending and thousands of federal civilian workers are hoping for the same thing.

"I think today was a day that most military bases were supposed to get paid. The commissary I understand maybe shutdown and that's an impact," said Senator Davis.

State employees are not being furloughed, but Senator Davis says Federal Health Workers that were on their way to Georgia to help with the roll out of the Affordable Care Act are.

"So if you were counting on those individuals to come and assist the navigators in our community, you are going to be greatly impacted,"

Augusta city leaders tell us they only used $11 million dollars in federal grants and that's a drop in the bucket to their $800 million dollar budget.

"At this point, we're in pretty good shape. Only a very small amount of our money comes from the feds," said City Administrator Fred Russell.

$4 million was used for ramp improvements at the Augusta Regional Airport. The transit authority used another $4 million to buy buses and other funding was used in Housing and Urban Development.

"The uncertainty is the largest part. If people quit making larger purchases those are the things that will hurt us more than anything," said Russell.

We know how the children's novel ends, but the fate of thousands are now in the hands of Congress.


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