Impact of government shutdown on northeast Wisconsin

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The impact of a federal shutdown would be minimal in Green Bay, but there are some entities that could be affected.

That includes federal courthouses.

Federal courts could survive a couple of weeks during a government shutdown, but after those two weeks they would have to lay off employees considered non-essential.

You’ll still be getting your mail because the United States postal service is not funded by tax payer dollars.

Travelers in Green Bay also have nothing to worry about.

“I’ve talked to both the Federal Aviation Administration as well as the Transportation Security Administration and they’ve indicated that all of our personnel at Green Bay will continue work despite any sort of federal government shutdown,” says Tom Miller, Austin Straubel Airport director.

National programs like Meals on Wheels have taken a hit during past shutdowns.

“Our funding comes from federal, state and local dollars, as well as contributions that individuals make to our meal program,” says Kimberly Gould with Brown county’s Aging and Disability Resource Center, also known as ADRC.

ADRC says if a shutdown were to occur they would be fine for a few weeks.

But while they can get by for a while during a shutdown, they’re still hoping it won’t happen because their meal deliveries are more than just meals.

“It offers a sense of security, so someone’s coming in to check on them it offers a connection with other resources,” says Gould. “Our agency does so much more than just the meals; it also provides socialization because many of them are only seeing their delivery drivers on most days.”

Last year Brown county’s Meals on Wheels served 88,000 meals to 500 seniors.

If they did see a trickle down effect from the shutdown, hundreds of seniors could be impacted.

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