What the Federal Shutdown Means for State and Local Governments

Source: Ryan Holeywell, Governing, October 1, 2013

State and local government budget experts say the first federal government shutdown in 17 years shouldn’t be too disruptive to their operations in the short-term, but if it lasts more than a week, they could start to encounter serious challenges…Scott Pattison, executive director of the National Association of State Budget Officers says state budget officials are less concerned with the immediate, administrative impacts of a federal shutdown, and more worried about the broader effects that the federal shutdown could have on the economy. He warned that an economic slowdown brought on by a shutdown could mean less tax revenue for all levels of government to spend on infrastructure and and services. A prolonged shutdown could also negatively affect economic activity in states and localities with a particularly heavy federal presence, like Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., and communities where federal contractors are major employers…
Federal shutdown looms, threatens cities, states
Source: Derek Prall, American City and County, September 30, 2013

What to Expect from the Government Shutdown
Source: JC Hendrickson, Council of State Governments, Knowledge Center, October 1, 2013