As the federal government shutdown drags into its third week, it has become a sort of background noise, present but not always noticeable. Unless you’re a federal worker, that is; Justine Kelly’s a case in point.
She works at the Social Security Administration, and has been working without pay for weeks.
“This is just so demoralizing,” she said at a Democratic party event in Dayton Monday. “I feel like nobody cares. I feel nobody’s listening, like this is all a game.”
The Ohio Senate has begun considering a measure that would ban authorities from using cameras to determine whether drivers run red lights or violate speed limits.
The Senate started its hearings Tuesday. The House passed the measure in June.
It would allow the cameras only in 20-mph school zones if a law enforcement officer is on hand.
Some police and city officials say the cameras improve safety and traffic-monitoring efficiency. But camera opponents allege the devices are used to raise funds and say the bill could help end such abuse.
One of the leaders of Ohio’s Green Party says his group is collateral damage in a fight between Statehouse Republicans and the Libertarian Party. Green Party Co Chair Bob Fitrakis says a newly passed bill in the Ohio Senate hurts his group.
Most civilian workers are back at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, although officials say normal operations will remain difficult during the partial government shutdown. But across the Dayton area, Wright-Patt isn’t alone in its woes since the partial federal government shutdown began Oct. 1.
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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."