Monday, Dec 9, 2013
Carbondale Agencies Impacted By Government Shutdown
CARBONDALE -- Our region is not immune from the impact of the shutdown. That includes some of the offices at the Federal Building in Carbondale and some federal services on the SIU campus.
Most of the offices at the Carbondale Federal Building are closed and employees are furloughed. The Social Security office is open but with limited operations.
"I think this government shut down is really unfortunate and sad and ridiculous," said David Yepsen with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.
He says bringing the U.S. government to a halt is costly and unfair to federal workers and tax payers and could easily be solved if Republicans and Democrats work together.
"It's so unfortunate that our nation's politics have become so acrimonious and divisive that they can't even work together to get the nation's basic business done," Yepsen said.
On SIU's campus, the shutdown could be trouble. Spokesperson Rae Goldsmith says the administration is keeping its eye on three areas: the aviation program, student financial aid, and military programs.
"We are in the process of moving those courses to make sure that we are continuing to offer them," Goldsmith said.
SIU leaders, like everyone else, will wait to see what happens in Washington.
"Right now, we are not seeing any impact, our hope is that it stays that way," Goldsmith explained.
The last government shut down was 17 years ago and lasted 27 days.
Political analysts say this current shutdown looks to be worse because neither party is willing to budge at this point.
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