Reporting Ian Schwartz
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento businesses will feel effects of the federal government shutdown, as government buildings are emptied of potential customers.
Todd Pederson with the Bureau of Reclamation is one of at least 1,000 federal workers likely to be furloughed at an Arden-Arcade office complex after a government shutdown.
“If it last more than a couple of weeks its going to start hurting,” he said.
Bill Young will be at home and not getting paid, and he’s made the budget battle in Congress will now fall on his shoulders.
“Grow up, quit fighting, pass a budget, and then fight all the problem you have with Obamacare,” he said.
And with those workers staying home, businesses like Steve Graham’s deli will be hurting.
“The line to the door will be cut in half,” Graham said.
He won’t be furloughed, but he’s planning on taking a hit when hungry government workers don’t come in for lunch.
“It worries me,” he said. “I don’t have much of a future without this little place. If I go down because the federal government goes down, my daughter isn’t eating, and I’m not eating.”
A few days won’t mean the end for Graham’s business. But if things drag on in Washington, it could be a different story.
“I hope that the federal government can get their tail in order, and start paying these people, and get them there, so they can come in here and eat their lunch.”