How Would A Government Shutdown Affect Kentuckians?

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Updated: 9/30/2013 6:16 pm

If a budget agreement isn’t reached in Washington, how would a government shutdown affect people in Kentucky?

The first thing to close would be national parks and museums. This means that visitors could be turned away from the Daniel Boone National Forest in Winchester.

Also, employees of the federal government that are considered “non-essential” could be furloughed.

People who receive social security, Medicare or unemployment will still receive checks. However, soldiers are not so lucky.

Active duty military personnel would stay on duty, but their paychecks would be delayed.

Also, the special supplemental nutrition program known as WIC could shut down.

According to the USDA, more than 130,000 women, infants and children in Kentucky participated in WIC in 2012.

Lastly, if you need government loan money to buy a house or start a business, this would be delayed.

If lawmakers don’t come to an agreement, all of these changed would go into affect on Tuesday.

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