Missouri workers, residents, businesses feel impacts of government shutdown

Federal employees across Missouri are feeling the effects of not being paid during the partial government shutdown, which has lasted more than two weeks now.

In St. Louis, approximately 1,200 employees of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office are furloughed, and a small group of them protested on the sidewalks outside their offices Thursday and Friday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The group of federal workers spoke out about not being paid, but also about how the shutdown affects the rural poor that they’re supposed to help.

Other St. Louis-area workers affected are employees of the Internal Revenue Service, Transportation Security Administration and the National Park Service, St. Louis Public Radio reports. The shutdown is also affecting local businesses that supply goods and services to the federal government.

The effects are being felt on the other side of the state, in Kansas City, as well. About 9,000 Kansas City-area residents are federal employees, such as Erica Atchley, and they are going without pay, the Kansas City Star reports. It took Atchley and her family a year to recover from the 2013 government shutdown.

Breweries are also taking an indirect hit, KSHB 41 reports. Kansas City breweries Boulevard Brewing Company and KC Bier Company will have to wait longer than expected to receive approval of labels and licenses for new beers since the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is impacted by the shutdown.

President Donald Trump has said repeatedly the government shutdown will go on until lawmakers come up with a plan to fund a wall on the nation’s southern border.

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