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What the government shutdown could mean for SLO County residents

A government shutdown could also affect air traffic controllers and TSA agents at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.
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A government shutdown could also affect air traffic controllers and TSA agents at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.

A government shutdown is expected to impact millions of Americans, including residents here on the Central Coast.

That’s unless Congress passes all of its funding by this Saturday.

According to the Associated Press, the shutdown would suspend or discharge millions of federal workers, leave the military without pay, disrupt air travel and more.

Rebecca Campbell, with San Luis Obispo County, said officials are worried it could affect federal funding to rebuild, after winter storms from earlier this year left widespread damage in the Central Coast.

“Right now, we're working on FEMA claims because of last year's storms. If we have to get in touch with FEMA, they may not be at work. So that could be an issue for us. So we may see some system-wide impacts because they are not in their offices,” Campbell said.

Campbell also said many local social services could be cut if the federal government shuts down, including public safety programs.

“So if our Public Safety offices have to get in touch, those entities, they may not be there for questions.”

Government funding is set to expire Sunday unless both parties are able to come up with a stopgap measure.

It’s a short-term funding bill that would keep the government open until November 17th.

Gabriela Fernandez came to KCBX in May of 2022 as a general assignment reporter, and became news director in December of 2023. She graduated from Sacramento State with a BA in Political Science. During her senior year, she interned at CapRadio in their podcast department, and later worked for them as an associate producer on the TahoeLand podcast. When she's not writing or editing news stories, she loves to travel, play tennis and take her 140-lbs dog, Atlas, on long walks by the coast.
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