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Assessing the local impact of a government shutdown
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - In West Michigan government employees are waiting to see if they will be going to work Tuesday.
Congress is still trying to stop a shutdown but at federal offices they are making plans to close.
"If you think about dropping a million people, losing a million jobs at one time and salaries with that, can you imagine the shock to the economy that would cause to the system? That's what we're talking about," says WMU political science professor and federal fiscal policy expert Kevin Corder.
Corder says hes not seeing any signs of hope for avoiding a shutdown.
At the Battle Creek Federal Building where there are hundreds of federal employees there will be furloughs. At Ft. Custer Training Center in Augusta National Guard members will be furloughed starting Tuesday and statewide a shutdown could affect 12,000 guardsmen.
The Gerald Ford museum in Grand Rapids will be forced to close, affecting 10 full time employees and displacing four Art Prize entries.
And it will get worse the longer it lasts.
"If it drags on for a week, or two weeks, or three weeks then you're looking at tremendous costs and that's what everyone is afraid of. The path to compromise is so tortuous its not going to take just a day of shutdown, says Corder.
But many government programs will not be affected. The Post Office will still deliver mail, Social Security checks will still go out and food stamps will still work.
National Parks in Michigan, like Sleeping Bear Dunes will close right away.