Government Shutdown Costs 6.6 Million Work Days

Government ShutdownTaxpayers will cover $2 billion in costs to to make up for the 850,000 employees who were out of work during the 16-day government shutdown. According to the White House budget office report on Thursday, the government also lost a total 6.6 million work days that due to the shutdown.

The Obama administration has said the shutdown and uncertainty over raising the government’s borrowing cap will curb economic growth in this quarter and may have meant that 120,000 fewer private sector jobs were created in early October.

The budget office says closing national parks cost communities $500 million in lost spending by visitors, while the Internal Revenue Service delayed $4 billion in tax refunds and will have to put off next year’s filing season by up to two weeks.

The effects of the shutdown were felt across the country, from a three- or four-day delay in Alaska’s crab fishing season, as well as delayed oil drilling permits in North Dakota, Wyoming and Utah. Home loan decisions were delayed for 8,000 applicants under a Department of Agriculture loan guarantee program.

Small business contracts with the Pentagon dropped by almost one-third. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was unable to issue export certificates for beer, wine and distilled spirits. The Small Business Administration and Federal housing Administration were unable to issue loans during the shutdown. Hundreds of people were unable to enroll in clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health.

U.S. Geological Service field testing of a new technology to prevent the spread of the Asian carp, an invasive species, into the Great Lakes will have to be delayed for six month because the agency missed a narrow window for the tests due to cooling water temperatures. Important government reports on the economy were delayed as well.

“The report makes clear that the costs and impacts of the shutdown were significant and widespread, and demonstrates why this type of self-inflicted wound should not occur again,” said White House budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

Original Article courtesy of Andrew Taylor from the Bradenton Herald. 

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