Local effects of government shutdown

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Additional Information: Shutdown Impact

Many people are wondering how widespread the local effects of the government shutdown will be.

From furloughs to one of the state’s main tourist attractions being closed, Hawaii is going to be affected.

People who shop at military commissaries, like the one on Bougainville Drive, will soon have to shop elsewhere.

“I normally buy one week at a time, and I have a pretty set budget. And I decided this week I was going to go ahead and buy a little more just in case it affected it,” Foster Village resident Kristy McGinnis said.

The commissaries will be open Tuesday, but will start closing after that, once they sell their perishable items.

“There are certain shelves that are definitely getting bare,” McGinnis said.

The shutdown will also close national parks, which are major tourist attractions.

“The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and its associated parking lots will be closed. Access to the USS Arizona Memorial will not be available,” said Eileen Martinez of the National Park Service.

In additional to Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, there are six other national parks in Hawaii, including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island and Haleakala National Park on Maui.

And the shutdown also means furloughs for more than 3,000 workers at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

“How are you gonna pay your bills, gonna feed your family? I’m pretty sure everybody’s thinking like that, pretty much it,” Shipyard worker Al Domingo said.

It’s not only shipyard workers who are affected, but many other federal employees as well.

“There’s about 20,000 in Hawaii who are DOD-related, and 25,000 that are other than DOD-related. So they’re all supposed to report tomorrow and be told whether they’ll be furloughed or not,” U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii) said.

Hanabusa is closing her Honolulu office and furloughing most of her district staff.

“We were first of all hoping it wouldn’t get to that point, but we told the employees that we’re going to run with as limited a crew as we believe we can function with. And we’re hoping they will end very shortly,” Hanabusa said.

Also, expect the underwriting and approval process for government-backed mortgages to take longer than normal.

Time will tell what kind of trickle down effect a shutdown will have on other areas like retail.

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