19209RE: Off topic - Does anyone know what happens when a state shuts down?
- Oct 1 7:27 AMThe Federal Govt. has shut down in the past. Essentially it's
a gigantic layoff caused by Congress not passing a budget. In
that case, everyone goes home except for a few designated emergency
people. The consitutents who are being hurt by the shutdown
(e.g. Social Security recipients) throw a fit (rightly so) and
contact both the press and their representatives. Within a
few days to 2 weeks (longest shutdown I remember) a new budget gets
passed with whichever political party caused the shutdown believeing
they have taught the other side a lesson. The federal employees go
back to work and back pay for the time off is normally included in
the new budget.
Michelle Maco Mader
Cleveland, Ohio USA
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