LOCAL NEWS: Republican Shutdown Could Have Devastating Consequences Across the Country

As MAGA Republicans are marching us toward a government shutdown that threatens to impact communities nationwide, Americans across the country are reading about how they could see their lives interrupted – from their paychecks and nutrition assistance to Social Security and disaster relief.

Here’s what Americans across the country are reading about the potential consequences of an extreme Republican shutdown:

In Arizona: AZ Central: Who is affected in a government shutdown? How would a government shutdown affect Arizona? 

Key Point: “Beneficiaries would still get their [Social Security and Medicare] checks. However, verification of benefits and mailing new cards would stop in a shutdown. About 8,500 out of about 62,000 workers in the Social Security Administration would be furloughed, according to the administration’s contingency plan.” 

In Arkansas: Magnolia Reporter: Effects of government shutdown would ripple through agriculture to consumers 

Key Point: “A government shutdown could remove price and revenue safety nets for farmers and mean higher food prices for consumers, said Ryan Loy, extension economist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.”

In California: ABC 7: How government shutdown could impact SF Fleet Week, Bay Area national parks

Key Point: “Some say the federal government coming to a standstill would hurt San Francisco and its bottom line. ‘It’s a shame if they have to shut down because of the tourist industry, SF, the local economy, they all count on tourist dollars. If this is all shut down, people won’t come,’ said Jesse Villarreal.”

In Colorado: CBS Colorado: Some young Colorado moms could go without food if there’s a government shutdown, and other problems would emerge in Colorado

Key Point: “The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, commonly known as WIC will not be working, meaning the cards recipients have will not be usable to help low-income people afford healthy foods that are supplemented under the program.”

In Connecticut: WFSB: How will a possible federal government shutdown affect CT?

Key Point: “At 12:01 a.m. on October 1st, tens of thousands of federal employees could be without a paycheck, if Congress does not pass a funding plan and shuts down. ‘That leads to a cascading effect across everything they have to pay for and fund. So, putting food on the table, to paying their rent or mortgage,’ says Wayne Unger, Associate Professor of Law at Quinnipiac University.”

In Delaware: Delaware Online: Delaware farms and SNAP benefits at risk with delayed farm bill

Key Point: “With a government shutdown looming, farmers and food bank workers in Delaware are looking to national lawmakers to renew the nation’s farm bill before its Sept. 30 expiration date to stave off food shortages. … But as the deadline approaches, the state’s agricultural sector and the hundreds of thousands of citizens reliant on food assistance are in limbo.”

In Florida: Pensacola News Journal: Thousands of Floridians would go without pay if government shuts down. Here’s what to know

Key Point: “Divided House Republicans are struggling to agree on spending legislation that could lead to a government shutdown that could temporarily put thousands of Americans out of work and stop government benefits. … Nearly 65k military personnel in Florida could be impacted if the government shuts down”

In Florida: WCTV: Florida leaders preparing for government shutdown

Key Point: “Guthrie said the state has $500 to $600 million set aside to match FEMA grants to help recover from disasters, mostly hurricanes. He said Florida can’t move forward if Congress doesn’t act soon.”

In Georgia: Atlanta Journal-Constitution: What a government shutdown could mean in Georgia

Key Point: “And with more than 140,000 military and civilian federal employees in Georgia, millions of residents relying on federal programs and $18 billion worth of federal funding paying for services in the state budget, Georgians could feel an impact, particularly if the shutdown drags on for a while.”

In Idaho: Idaho Capital Sun: Food benefits for low income families at risk in a government shutdown, White House says

Key Point: “‘The vast majority of WIC participants would see an immediate reduction and elimination of those benefits, which means the nutrition assistance that’s provided would not be available,’ he said.”

In Illinois: NBC Chicago: Illinois lawmakers warn of impacts government shutdown could have for residents

Key Point: “‘Last time we had a shutdown, TSA workers and air traffic controllers, they didn’t get paid,’ Rep. Mike Quigley said. ‘After a while, they stopped showing up. Flights were canceled. Aviation was snarled. It could have a big impact.’”

In Indiana: Indy Star: Here’s what happened in Indiana during the last government shutdown

Key Point: “A January 2019 IndyStar story reported how Indiana’s federal workers grappled with the record-setting government shutdown. Because employees did not receive paychecks during the shutdown, some turned to food pantries and loans to get through the 34 days before then President Trump signed a measure to reopen the government.”

In Iowa: The Gazette: A looming government shutdown is delaying passage of a new Farm Bill. What that means for farmers, food prices.

Key Point: “Regardless, nonessential government services stop after Saturday if there is no funding bill passed to avoid a shutdown. That includes the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Rural Development Centers — meaning farmers would be unable to sign up for programs administered by those agencies.”

In Kansas: The Kansas City Star: Congress is moving into crisis mode as time runs short to avoid a government shutdown

Key Point: “A government shutdown would disrupt the U.S. economy and the lives of millions of Americans who work for the government or rely on federal services — from air traffic controllers who would be asked to work without pay to some 7 million people in the Women, Infants and Children program, including half the babies born in the U.S., who could lose access to nutritional benefits, according to the White House. The standoff comes against the backdrop of the 2024 elections as a core group of hard-right Republicans are being egged on by Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner to challenge President Joe Biden, who has urged McCarthy’s House to stand firm in the fight or ‘shut it down.’”

In Kentucky: WPSD: Possible government shutdown could impact local nonprofits that depend on federal funding

Key Point: “With the possibility of a government shutdown, nonprofits that get federal funding could be impacted, including local charities. Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center in Paducah is a nonprofit that helps domestic violence survivors. The organization receives funding from the federal government as well as the state of Kentucky.  Executive Director Mary Foley said considering the scope of services Merryman House provides, a federal government shutdown could be detrimental.”

In Kentucky: Louisville Courier Journal: White House: Government shutdown could risk food aid for 120K moms, children in Kentucky

Key Point: “According to the White House, a government shutdown would jeopardize the aid of those who rely on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), a federal program that serves nearly half of newborns. In Kentucky, a potential shutdown would jeopardize the WIC aid of 24,169 women, 68,821 children and 26,894 infants, according to the White House.”

In Louisiana: NOLA.Com: Editorial: Louisiana would lose big in government shutdown

Key Point: While there are many states facing disasters, including floods or wildfires — the latter we’ve seen in Louisiana this year, too — for us the important issue is that it is the heart of hurricane season. A shutdown government can’t pay the bills for even the most urgent funding our state needs, including disaster relief.”

In Maine: The Portland Press Herald: Here is how a federal shutdown would affect Maine

Key Point: “More than 11,000 federal workers in Maine would be furloughed or expected to work without pay. … Food assistance for roughly 18,000 women and children in Maine would be jeopardized. … Access to some federal programs, including applications for small business loans, federally backed home mortgages and passports could grind to a halt.”

In Maryland: Maryland Today: What Happens at UMD If the Federal Government Shuts Down

Key Point: “Many parts of the U.S. government will shut down on Oct. 1 unless Congress passes annual appropriation bills or other funding measures to keep the lights on and the bills paid. Besides delaying paychecks to millions of federal employees and forcing operational cuts at a spectrum of agencies, the potential federal funding gap could have a variety of impacts on the University of Maryland community, from research to federal services for international students.”

In Massachusetts: Boston Globe: A federal government shutdown would have wide-ranging impacts in New England

Key Point: “The White House on Monday highlighted the risks to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as WIC. Though there are contingency funds, those could be spent in a matter of days, jeopardizing the program that helps support the nutrition and food needs of low-income pregnant or breastfeeding women and infants and children up to 5 years old. … Nearly 126,000 Massachusetts residents receive WIC, more than 100,000 of which are children and infants.”

In Michigan: WNEM: Possible government shutdown threatens WIC, health services for most vulnerable

Key Point: “The CEO of Hamilton Community Health Network said 70 percent of funding is provided by the community health center fund, but that will expire this weekend if a budget isn’t passed, which means 162,000 patients in Michigan would lose their health care.”

In Minnesota: KARE: As shutdown looms, federal workers brace themselves

Key Point: “The political drama playing out in the nation’s capitol is reverberating in Minnesota, as the state’s 20,000 federal workers brace for a potential Oct. 1 federal government shutdown.  Congress has until Sept. 30 just to pass a continuing resolution to keep the federal government running at full steam for another month. Eventually, it will be come down to last-minute negotiations between the Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate, but as of Wednesday, House Republicans still weren’t on the same page with each other.”

In Missouri: Missouri Independent: Food benefits for low income families at risk in a government shutdown, White House says

Key Point: “The White House released a state-by-state breakdown, estimating that nearly 7 million people who rely on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, also known as WIC, could be at risk of losing funds to purchase select food and receive vouchers for vegetables and fruit. … In Missouri, a government shutdown could impact benefits for 90,913 people.”

In Montana: KTVQ: Government agencies brace for potential shutdown; Rosendale opposes continuing resolution

Key Point: “The Department of Justice is one federal agency in Montana already making plans if the government were to shut down. ‘If it’s really bad, if there are significant cuts, it will affect our operations, which affects what we’re able to do from a public safety standpoint throughout the state,’ Laslovich said. ‘So I’m really hopeful that both sides can work together as quickly as possible to come to an agreement on new budget.’”

In Nevada: Nevada Independent: What does the looming government shutdown mean for Nevada?

Key Point: “And Las Vegas, which is expecting an influx of foreign tourists for the F1 race in November, could be harmed by a long, drawn-out shutdown — Titus mentioned that visa processing, which has already been slow, could get worse.”

In New Hampshire: WMUR: Some New Hampshire businesses could be affected by government shutdown

Key Point: “The United States is five days away from another possible shutdown of the federal government, which could impact nearly 4 million federal workers, including people in New Hampshire. Appledore Marine Engineering in Portsmouth relies on federal contracts for work. Company officials said they believe their work is essential, but they won’t know if they can continue their underwater structural engineering services until after a shutdown is announced.”

In New Jersey: Patch: How A Federal Government Shutdown Would Affect NJ Residents

Key Point: “Paycheck interruptions, food assistance shortfalls and delays at airports are among the ways Garden State residents could be affected if Congress doesn’t pass a short-term spending bill to keep the government open past midnight Saturday.”

In New Mexico: KOB4: New Mexico braces for government shutdown

Key Point: “A federal government shutdown is looming over Capitol Hill, and it doesn’t look like Republicans and Democrats will strike a deal any time soon. That means millions of federal employees will be furloughed – tens of thousands who live in our state.”

In New York: Spectrum NY1: Hochul implores Congress to avoid government shutdown

Key Point: “Hochul said items like Section 8 housing vouchers and transfers won’t happen in a government shutdown, and neither will food inspections. It would also cause a delay in disaster aid from recent storms that have hit New York, as well as new federal funds aimed to help New York and other states deal with the asylum seekers crisis.”

In North Carolina: NC Newsline: Food benefits for low income families at risk in a government shutdown, White House says

Key Point: “U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said during a Monday White House briefing that WIC recipients could feel the impact of the shutdown within days. ‘Millions of those moms, (babies) and young children would see a lack of nutrition assistance,’ he said. …  In Michigan, more than 207,000 recipients could lose their WIC benefits and in North Carolina, it’s more than 268,000 WIC recipients.”

In Ohio: WTVG: Potential government shutdown could impact those receiving SNAP benefits

Key Point: “More than 75,000 people in Lucas County receive SNAP benefits with less than half being children, but those benefits could be gone soon, making it harder for families to access food.”

In Oklahoma: KOCO: As government shutdown looms, many Oklahomans would feel its impacts

Key Point: “The shutdown’s impact could be far-reaching in Oklahoma, including for workers in the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Weather Service or those working at Tinker Air Force Base. ‘Not being able to pay rent and buy food and stuff,’ said a federal worker during 2019’s shutdown. ‘It’s just been really hard.’”

In Oregon: Oregon Capital Chronicle: A ‘disaster’ nears: Millions of federal workers’ paychecks would be on hold in a shutdown

Key Point: “More than 3.5 million federal employees and military personnel — many in the Washington, D.C., area but also scattered across the states and around the globe — are bracing for another partial government shutdown, as U.S. House Republicans struggle to produce a short-term plan to fund the government past the end of the month.”

In Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Food benefits for low income families at risk in a government shutdown, White House says

Key Point: “As Congress barrels toward a partial government shutdown, the White House Monday warned that a program that helps millions of low income families afford healthy food could see substantial cuts. … And in Pennsylvania, the number is over 177,000.”

In Rhode Island: Providence Journal: A government shutdown is looming. Here’s how it could affect Rhode Island. 

Key Point: “But nearly 7 million pregnant and postpartum recipients of supplemental food aid and their children, including 18,000 residents of Rhode Island, could lose access to the Women, Infants and Children program. And that’s just one example.”

In South Dakota: KELO: Millions of dollars allotted to rail safety in South Dakota

Key Point: “Railroad safety has become a concern nationwide since a Norfolk Southern train derailed in Ohio in February and caught fire after spilling hazardous chemicals. The White House says a possible government shutdown would undermine railway safety.”

In Tennessee: WBIR: Government shutdown would halt Great Smoky Mountains operations during one of the busiest times of the year

Key Point: “The impacted agencies would include the National Park Service, and so operations would halt at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park would have to close during one of the busiest months of the year. In October 2022, the national park saw around 1.6 million visitors — the busiest month of the year.”

In Texas: Houston Chronicle: What should Texans expect if the federal government shuts down Oct. 1?

Key Point: “Elderly or disabled Texans who rely on Social Security benefits may see a slowdown during the shutdown. While checks should still come in the mail, some staff will be furloughed, which could result in delays. That includes benefit verifications and replacement Medicare cards, according to CBS.”

In Vermont: Vermont Community Newspaper Group: Shutdown showdown threatens US government pay checks

Key Point: “Millions of Americans braced Monday for pay and welfare checks to stop within days as Congress careened toward a damaging government shutdown, with Republican right wingers blocking attempts to pass a budget.”

In Virginia: WRIC: Military families prepare for the worst ahead of potential government shutdown 

Key Point: “With the U.S. barreling toward a possible government shutdown, millions of federal employees could be forced to work without a paycheck, including members of the armed forces.”

In Washington: Seattle Times: As federal shutdown looms, WA agencies told to start preparing

Key Point: “As a stalemate in ‘the other Washington’ signals a potential shutdown of the federal government, some Washington state agencies have been directed to identify programs that could be affected if federal funds stop flowing to the state.”

In West Virginia: West Virginia Public Broadcasting: Head Start W.Va. Worry Ahead Of Probable Government Shutdown

Key Point: “Federally funded programs are bracing for a potential government shutdown if Congress cannot reach a budget solution this week. One of those programs is West Virginia Head Start, a child-development program for children of income-eligible families to connect them with services that support health and success in school. Approximately 722 children and families would lose access to resources if the shutdown lasts a long time, according to Lori Milam, executive director of West Virginia Head Start.”

In Wisconsin: Wisconsin Examiner: Food benefits for low income families at risk in a government shutdown, White House says

Key Point: “The White House released a state-by-state breakdown, estimating that nearly 7 million people who rely on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, also known as WIC, could be at risk of losing funds to purchase select food and receive vouchers for vegetables and fruit. … In Wisconsin it serves 91,070 residents, including 18,466 women, 73,500 children and 19, 104 infants, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”