2019 Government Shutdown Report: Most & Least Affected States
From Wallet Hub, Jan 3, 2019
As the clock struck midnight December 22, 2018, the United States government shut down for the 21st time in history. This time, it’s a less-intense partial shutdown, which occurs when Congress fails to pass necessary appropriations bills. The partial shutdown has lasted into the New Year, hitting the thirteen-day mark on January 3, 2019. For context, the longest shutdown ever was 21 days under President Bill Clinton, and only seven shutdowns have ever lasted ten days or longer. This is the third shutdown under the Trump administration, but the previous ones lasted only one day and three days, respectively.
When the government shuts down, certain federal employees work without pay or receive a furlough. This includes over 41,000 law enforcement officers, 52,000 IRS workers and 96 percent of NASA employees. “Non-essential” government services also remain inactive and certain benefits are liable to run out of funding. One of the main issues keeping the government in a partial shutdown at the moment is President Trump’s call for increased border security and funding for a border wall, to which Democrats in Congress remain opposed.
Some states are hit harder by a government shutdown than others. To determine the places most affected by the 2019 partial shutdown, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across five key metrics. They range from each state’s share of federal jobs to federal contract dollars per capita to the share of families receiving food stamps….
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- Hawaii Ranks 4th most affected (DC is #1, NM 2, MD 3, AK 5) score 67.21
- Hawaii Tied for #1 – Highest Share of Federal Jobs
- Hawaii #1 – Real Estate as Percentage of GDP
Big Q: How concerned are you about the federal government shutdown, now in its 13th day?
SA: Hawaii is 4th most affected state by partial government shutdown, WalletHub says