Posted: Oct 1, 2013 5:35 PM by April Hansen, KSBY
Updated: Oct 2, 2013 7:17 AM
There are federal employees and employers on the Central Coast, so what does a government shutdown mean to them, and you?
Mail will still be delivered and we will continue to pay taxes, but according to representative Lois Capps, the shutdown will cost about $300 million a day.
If you try to look up information for your favorite local national park, you will run into a road block.
Because of the government shutdown, all national parks and forests are closed, including those closer to home like the Los Padres National Forest and Channel Islands National Park.
But if you plan on traveling, you shouldn't have problems at the airport, for now.
An FAA spokesperson says, "The FAA has prepared a contingency plan in which air traffic controllers and other essential employees will continue working in order to maintain the safety of the national airspace system."
Santa Maria Airport manager Chris Hastert says if the shutdown goes too long some staff like TSA and airport tower controllers could be released.
The active military is still on the job, but at Vandenberg Air Force Base, a majority of its civilian employees have been forced to stay at home.
A Vandenberg spokesperson says,"... Approximately 80 percent of appropriated fund civil service employees are furloughed now that the shutdown occurred. In the event of a lapse, all of our military personnel would be directed to continue in a normal duty status..."
Nationally, the U.S. Geological Survey has furloughed more than 8,500 employees and has suspended most of its operations, including its Earthquake Hazards Program. But according to its website, the agency will continue to monitor and report any earthquake activity with the staff it has.
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