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Impacts of government shutdown

Updated: Tuesday, October 1 2013, 07:58 AM CDT
Written by: Brandie Meng

At midnight, the government shutdown was officially in effect.  An estimated 800,000 federal workers now face furloughs.  Though many of the workers were told to work a half day on Tuesday, federally backed mortgages, passport and visa applications will be delayed, as will gun permits.

Critical functions like air traffic control and military operations will continue.

Social Security benefits will be paid and post offices will also remain open. But what comes in the mail could be a different story, depending on what you are expecting to arrive and if it's being processed by a government agency.

National Parks and Monuments will be closed.

Locally, we have 26 miles of historic avenues in Gettysburg, and all will be on lock down. There are 86 employees that work at Gettysburg National Park, and they say the shutdown will impact visitors' plans and the local economy.

The shutdown effects become a bit more complicated when federal funds support state operations. But Governor Corbett says as for essential services throughout Central PA, state funds will go to keep those up and running.  "Essential services will continue from the federal government and these funds coming to PA, we'll be looking to make sure our essential services will base on federal money and additional state money, like assistance and law enforcement, we use a lot of money from the federal government, those services are still continuing." Corbett said.
Impacts of government shutdown


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