The shutdown of the federal government has sent as many as 770,000 employees home, delayed the paychecks of another 1.3 million "essential" workers, and shuttered various government functions. That will put a crimp in the Washington D.C. area's economy - costing some $200 million per day. But it's not justD.C.
With more than 1000 civilians furloughed at the United States Air Force Academy, officials there are calling the government shutdown 'completely disruptive.'
Almost 20% of specialized academic courses are suspended, and others combined. Other activities are curtailed. Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson says operationally, while things like safety and medical continue, they’re having to account for some of the basics of life, like laundry and toilet paper.
Civilian workers across military installations in the Pikes Peak region are feeling the effects of the federal government shutdown. At the Air Force Academy, more than 1,000 civilians are furloughed, while 450 employees are exempt and will continue to work.
As a government shutdown furloughs thousands of federal employees in Colorado, the state is reaching into its own pocket to ensure that work can continue on some roads and bridges damaged by flooding. Today, Governor John Hickenlooper said the state would pay the salary costs for 120 National Guard engineers, with some reimbursement coming from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
"We want to make sure that we don't lose a single day in trying to get these roads open and getting these communities back together again."