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Oregonians Cope With Government Shutdown

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After hearing for months that a partial federal shutdown was possible, it became a reality on October 1st.

Oregonians felt the effects almost immediately when federal employees received smaller paychecks just days after the shutdown was announced.

In addition to furloughed workers, the shutdown has affected several other aspects of some Oregonians’ lives:

  • The housing market faces new uncertainties as closed government agencies can’t provide information to lenders.
  • Timber sales have been halted in national forests.
  • Payments of military benefits have been delayed to families and vets.
  • Workers and visitors alike at U.S. forests and national parks have had to change their plans due to closures.

How has the government shutdown affected your life? Do you depend on government benefits? Has your job been impacted? What about your travel plans?

Sources from this story came to us via OPB’s Public Insight Network. If you’re affected by the shutdown in any way, we’d love to hear your story and maybe even interview you. You can get in touch with us and share your experience online or call and leave us a message with your story at 503 662 8410.

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