Local federal workers, business owners feel financial impact of shutdown

January 10, 2019 06:35 PM

As the partial government shutdown continues, local federal workers say they need to get paid.

Some say they feel as though they're pawns in a government battle.


"We are like every day people," one federal worker employed in Brooklyn Park with the Internal Revenue Service said.

Tim Ronholm, president of Chapter NTEU said: "The expenses don't go away."

On Thursday, federal workers rallied in St. Paul, as well as in Minneapolis, to call for an end to the shutdown.

"Everyone has mortgages to pay, car payments to pay, we are all hurting," said Tim Ronholm, president of National Treasury Employees Union Chapter 29.

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There's no finish line in sight.

In a satellite interview with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, ABC News Political Director Rick Klein said: "The longer this goes on, the worse it gets. And the president has said it could be months or even a year plus, which is pretty unprecedented."

Klein said President Donald Trump has made clear he will only sign a bill to reopen the government if it includes funding for a wall.

"The pain of a government shutdown is like a snowball rolling down hill," Klein said. "It gains momentum, it gains size and scope as more impacts are felt." 

That impact is being felt by Minnesota's businesses owners too.

Max Brioch, owner of Max's Cafe in downtown Minneapolis said, "

"A lot of my regulars, especially in the morning, I know work for FDA and USDA," said Max Brioch, owner of Max's Cafe in downtown Minneapolis. "I know that building has several federal offices or departments that are closed."

"We're going to be just very slow," he added. "My numbers will be down until they reopen."

Until then, some basic services the government provides are not available. And no paychecks are expected for federal workers Friday.

If the federal government is still in a partial government shutdown by Saturday, it becomes the longest shutdown in history.


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