With Federal Wallet Closed, States Agonize Over Opening Their Own

With Federal Wallet Closed, States Agonize Over Opening Their Own

Craig Kohlruss/The Fresno Bee, via Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown of California said the state would not intervene to keep its vast network of national parks open to the public.

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Published: October 4, 2013

LOS ANGELES – With no end in sight to the federal government shutdown, governors across the nation are struggling with a cascade of tough decisions about when and whether to step in with state funds to keep an ever-growing list of shuttered parks and programs

Gov. Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota has pleaded, so far unsuccessfully, for permission to use state funds to keep open the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, which tourists photographed this week from outside the entrance. Continue reading “With Federal Wallet Closed, States Agonize Over Opening Their Own”

Government Shutdown 2013: What’s changing, what’s not

Government Shutdown 2013: What’s changing, what’s not

By The Associated Press
October 1, 2013 – 07:05 am

WASHINGTON (AP) – Campers in national parks are to pull up stakes and leave, some veterans waiting to have disability benefits approved will have to cool their heels even longer, many routine food inspections will be suspended and panda-cams will go dark at the shuttered National Zoo.

Those are among the immediate effects when parts of the government shut down Tuesday because of the budget impasse in Congress.

In this time of argument and political gridlock, a blueprint to manage federal dysfunction is one function that appears to have gone smoothly. Throughout government, plans are ready to roll out to keep essential services running and numb the impact for the public. The longer a shutdown goes on, the more it will be felt in day-to-day lives and in the economy as a whole.

A look at what is bound to happen, and what probably won’t: Continue reading “Government Shutdown 2013: What’s changing, what’s not”