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Shutdown an economic downer?

U-T EconoMeter considers long-term effects

Roger Showley, U-T SAN DIEGO

Friday, October 4, 2013

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System
Answer: NO 

Whatever the effects, San Diego is impacted three times more than elsewhere as the local economy is that much more dependent upon federal government spending. This is primarily due to the vast array of military operations here, but also the extensive border and coastal operations and high-value research funding administered to local institutions. More slowdown than shutdown, essential work continues and nearly everything will eventually be made up, including backpay for workers (sort of an eventually paid vacation). The most evident temporary impacts will be felt by businesses more dependent upon federal employee spending and among visitor driven operations.