government shutdown

5:25 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

U College of Law Tackles Government Dysfunction

University of Utah Associate Professor of Law Michael Teter organizes symposium to find solutions to government dysfunction.
University of Utah

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.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:03 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Governor Expects Federal Government Will Repay Utah for National Parks Help

Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he expects the federal government will reimburse the state for the money spent to keep its five National Parks open in the final days of the shutdown.

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Local Government
4:43 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Salt Lake County Comes Through as Shutdown Threatens WIC Program

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.

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3:56 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Utah's Governor Blames Federal Shutdown on Lack of Leadership

Governor Gary Herbert (R-UT)

Dealing with the federal government shutdown dominated  Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s monthly news conference on Thursday.  

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Business & Labor
3:06 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Federal Employees Protest Government Shutdown in Ogden

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jarrod Rogers, with the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron during the load crew of the year competition at Hill Air Force Base. (Dec. 17, 2010)
DoD photo by Airman Allen Stokes, U.S. Air Force/Released

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. 

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Business & Labor
4:30 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Government Shutdown Delays Some Mortgage Loans

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.

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Health Care
3:49 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Federal Shutdown Causes Many Utah WIC Clinics to Close

Salt Lake County Health Department Rose Park WIC Clinic
Brian Grimmett

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?

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Environment & Public Lands
1:23 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Government Shutdown Would Close Utah's National Parks

Delicate Arch in Utah's Arches National Park
Dan Bammes

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.

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