How Arizona could be affected by government shutdown

How Arizona could be affected by government shutdown
A government shutdown means national parks such as the Grand Canyon will be forced to close their gates. (Source: National Park Service)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Congress has until 10 p.m. Arizona time to prevent a government shutdown.

In event of a shutdown, Brint Milward, the director of the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona, said 800,000 people nationwide could be furloughed.

And it could mean any task that requires federal approval, such as getting a passport, may be delayed.

The State Department said some passport agencies may be affected by a shutdown.

But he said those to be furloughed would be non-essential employees. He said the military will still operate but some congressional offices will be shut down.

National parks, like Saguaro and the Grand Canyon, are not expected to close.

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said that Friday during an early morning news conference. The parks will stay open, but other services like trash pick-up will be stopped.

Milward said since Arizona is known for having visitors come from the East and Midwest to escape the cold, possible park closures could mean those people could cancel those vacations.

And with less visitors, restaurants and hotels could be affected.

This is something Milward experienced when he was in visiting Hawaii 1995 when there was major government shutdown during the Clinton administration. He said he and so many other tourists were upset they couldn't enjoy the trails because of the shutdown.

"When the polls started coming out and the newspapers were talking about people not getting paid, people couldn't go to various national parks, vacations had to be put on hold, it led … to the two parties to reauthorize spending," Milward said.

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