The latest federal government shutdown is estimated to have cost the US economy 24 billion dollars. It’s left many people wondering what can be done for the government to function more effectively. The University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law is working on coming up with some answers. The law school is hosting a symposium Friday examining the current challenges facing US governance and some practical solutions to those problems.
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says because the county came forward last week with emergency funding, many area low-income moms and babies will continue to have access to food and baby formula. The supply arrived at the Utah Food Bank today.
Federal workers and furloughed employees are holding a rally Thursday at the Ogden Federal Building to protest the government shutdown. Ogden-Clearfield is one of the top 10 metro areas in the country affected by the furloughs. Hill Air Force Base is Utah's largest employer with some 25,000 federal employees and contractors.
The federal government shutdown is delaying and even stopping some lenders from finalizing home loans. With the Internal Revenue Service closed for business, lenders are unable to obtain borrowers tax transcripts, which is a vital step in approving a mortgage. The US Department of Agriculture, which processes rural home loans is closed as well.
Babs De Lay is the principal broker and owner of Urban Utah Homes and Estates. She says lenders, buyers and sellers are panicked.
The federally funded Women, Infants, and Children program, or WIC, is among the long list of services and benefits that are no longer available because of the government shut down. But what does that mean for Utahns?
As the clock ticks down on a possible shutdown of the federal government, Utah’s tourist industry is already hearing from worried visitors.
Visitors to Utah’s five national parks could encounter locked gates if the government shuts down because Congress can’t agree on a funding bill. Marian DeLay, the head of the Moab Travel Council, says foreign tourists in particular are telling Moab businesses they don’t want to get to Utah and find the parks closed.