• Changes could impact everyone if government goes into shutdown

    By: Eric Philips


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The mail will continue to be delivered even if there is a government shutdown, but there is a litany of other changes that could affect everyone if lawmakers do not come to an agreement soon.

    With a government shutdown looming, people are starting to wonder what it will mean for them. Queen's University of Charlotte political science professor Mark Kelso said a prolonged government shutdown would be tough for everyone.

    "If you have a repeat of 1995 where it lasts weeks and weeks that's going to have effects throughout the American economy," he said, "Even here in Charlotte, you're going to feel the effects eventually."

    But even a shorter shutdown comes with its own set of challenges.

    Many nonessential government workers would be furloughed without pay, but will likely be paid back retroactively once the shutdown is over.

    Military men and women also will not be paid; they will get IOUs

    Getting a passport will be difficult at best as offices will be closed and national parks and museums through the Carolinas and the country would close.

    The ATF would close its doors, no gun permits would be processed.

    Yet there are services that would not change.

    The mail will run and Social Security, as well as Medicaid and Medicare payments, would still be in the mail. Transportation Security Administration workers, air traffic controllers, border patrol, FBI staffers would all report to work as normal.

    Eyewitness News asked Kelso to give his best guess on whether a shutdown will happen. He was careful with how he framed his answer. He said he is fairly optimistic that lawmakers will reach an agreement, even if it is a short-term solution.

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