The government shutdown continues, as do the furloughs affecting civilian employees at Wright-Patterson. One estimate has put the economic impact at $5 million per furlough day that the region loses. Nearly 9,000 base employees are currently out of work.
The news in the short-term is certainly not good. Michael Gessel with the Dayton Development Coalition says to put that into perspective, "it would be the same economic impact if LexisNexis, Honda and AK Steel closed down and let everybody off."
Aviation-related classes have been canceled at Ohio's largest military base as a result of furloughs triggered by the federal government shutdown.
The Dayton Daily News reports the Air Force Institute of Technology suspended classes this week at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. About 8,700 civilian employees were sent home without pay when the partial federal government shutdown began Tuesday.
Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10th) has voted with the majority of other House Republicans in favor of a 2014 budget that would defund the Affordable Care Act. Republican congressmen pushed for the bill with the knowledge the Senate and the President would reject it, and in the final days of the fiscal year, the controversy devolved into a showdown, and finally to a partial shutdown of the federal government for the first time in 17 years. As of Thursday, Oct. 3, that shutdown was still underway with no end in sight.
The National Aviation Hall of Fame announced it will move its 51st Annual Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony due to the federal government shutdown. The event will no longer be held at the National Museum of the US Air Force, and now will move into a smaller venue at the Hope hotel at Wright-Patt.
Enshrinement Director, Ron Kaplan, says the last minute move has created additional expense for the Hall of Fame but believes there’s a greater loss for attendees.
Nearly 9,000 employees of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base remain on emergency furlough following the federal government shutdown, and workers and businesses are worried about the financial impact, particularly if the partial shutdown is prolonged.
Wright-Patt officials estimate that for every day the government stays closed, the Dayton area loses $5 million in wages.