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Government Shutdown Hits Home

CINCINNATI, Ohio (Joe Webb) -- The FAA is still directing air traffic at CVG. 

The IRS is still collecting taxes in Covington. 

But not every local federal employee is on the job in Cincinnati today. 

The glass door is locked at the downtown office of  Housing and Urban Development.  Inside the door a portrait of President Obama looms over a pile of mail scattered on the floor.  A note taped to the door says, As you may know, the Federal governments spending authority expired at midnight, September 30, 2013.  Therefore most HUD programs have been temporarily interrupted and most HUD employees have been told they cannot work.

About 800,000 of the 3.3 million men and women who work for the federal government are furloughed by the shutdown. National parks are closed.  Paperwork for federal home loans is stalled.  You cant get a passport.  Its not the end of the world but for some its a real pain.

I have tickets to go out and see Bryce and Zion Canyons leaving Thursday morning, Barbara Walsh of Blue Ash told Local 12 Tuesday morning.  Cant do anything about the tickets.  I have to go and Im apparently going to be shut out of the parks.

Federal public defender Dennis Alerding showed up for court Tuesday morning for two hearings the government cant pay him for.  He got a letter last month saying there was no money left in the budget for some work hed already performed.  Now the shutdown.

I have two months salary held in abeyance.  By the end of this month I will have double that.  About $17,000 is owed me right now.  By the end of the month it will be $30,000 to $33,000.

Alerding is confident he will eventually be paid. 

Barbara Walsh thinks her vacation is a victim of Washington politics.

I'm very angry.  If I get out there and they haven't solved this by that time I will be really, really, very upset.




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