Effects of the Trump shutdown in Arizona

Above: Tourists pose for a selfie in Grand Canyon National Park. (Photo by Sophia Kunthara/Cronkite News) Business News | 9 Jan |

President Donald Trump’s shutdown of the federal government over demands for billions of dollars in new border wall funding is already having profound consequences for hundreds of thousands of working Americans and a wide range of vital services. And each day the impasse continues, as funding dries up and more agencies exhaust emergency measures, these harmful effects will only be exacerbated.

Although the new Democratic House majority passed legislation to reopen the government, the president has continued to stall negotiations. To enable the stalemate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and other Republican senators reversed their earlier opposition to the shutdown just days after the chamber unanimously passed a similar deal.

Due to Trump’s shutdown, an estimated 7,300 federal employees in Arizona are furloughed or working without pay. Below is a breakdown of affected federal employees and agencies in the state.

U.S. Department of the Interior: 4,000 employees

In Arizona, an estimated 4,000 Interior Department employees, including those working for the following agencies, are furloughed or working without pay.

• The National Park Service supports the state’s 24 national parks, monuments, and trails.

• The Bureau of Indian A airs funds critical services for the 300,000 American Indians based in Arizona, including health care, law enforcement, housing, disaster relief, and infrastructure maintenance.

• The Bureau of Land Management supports 12.2 million acres of public lands in Arizona.

• The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages the state’s nine national wildlife refuges.

• The U.S. Geological Survey conducts research on natural resource issues, including water toxicity near mining activities.

U.S. Department of Agriculture: 2,300 employees

In Arizona, an estimated 2,300 Department of Agriculture employees, including those working for the following agencies, are furloughed or working without pay.

• The Food Safety and Inspection Service prevents foodborne illness by ensuring that meat, poultry, and egg products produced in Arizona are safe and accurately labeled.

• The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service defends the state’s agricultural resources from pests and diseases.

• The Office of Rural Development offers loans and grants to help create jobs and support economic development in rural communities.

• The Forest Service protects and manages the state’s six national forests.

Additional agencies

The Trump shutdown is also harming the following workers and agencies:

• An estimated 600 Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Security Administration employees at the state’s nine commercial airports

• An estimated 450 Federal Bureau of Prisons employees at Arizona’s four federal prisons and correctional institutions

• U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, and Yuma

If the partial government shutdown continues, tax filing season could be more difficult for Arizona families and small businesses. Because IRS offices are closed and the agency is operating with a skeletal staff, taxpayers and preparers may have trouble accessing needed guidance.9 Last year, the agency processed 6.1 million refunds within the first week of filing season in January.

 

Saharra Griffin is a special assistant at the Center for American Progress.

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