Personal Effect of Government Shutdown

In the news recently, there have been talks of possible government shutdowns at the State and National level if a budget is not passed by the deadline.

How would a government shutdown affect you? Would you even notice if the government shut down for a short time? Who would be most affected by government shutdown?

Anybody from California - You had some budget issues recently, could you share how it actually affected you?

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Hmmm. Let's see. I got my

Hmmm. Let's see. I got my state tax return back a month or two late. I had to vote against raising taxes. I had to send a lot of letters to my reps. For a few weeks, they threatened to close the state parks (but today they miraculously found other places to save money -- I'm shocked!).

So..... hasn't really.

The Clinton administration

The Clinton administration shutdown didn't affect me in the slightest, but I was only 14 at the time. I don't think it would be any different now though, since I can't think of any short-term services the federal government provides me with.

Clinton Era Shutdown

I read about that recently, but I can't remember hearing anything about it when it happened, it certainly did not affect me any way I noticed. But I was, like you, probably too young to know any different back then.


I remember the shutdown during the Clinton administration. Yeah, the part of the government that issues passports shuts down, but the part of the government that keeps you from travelling internationally without a passport works just fine. So when the government shuts down, it becomes impossible to seek permission to leave.

Otherwise, I felt a great deal of serenity because the IRS wasn't at work. I think congress wasn't creating more legislation during that time either.

One thing

As a Californian, there is a sort of "Visit the state parks now before they fall apart" vibe to be found among friends and family. The visible local effect of the budgetary crisis was in public school where my son is enrolled. The school survived using the concept of the "minimum day" to lower costs while presumably avoiding problems with either legal or union rules. I don't know why they can't just shut the school doors, but can do as many half-days as they want to. As the problems unwound, we just had to plan around a lot of half days. We look forward to more :)