Local Businesses Feeling Burden of Government Shutdown
The federal government shutdown is more than a political battle being played out in Washington.
It's affecting the lives and pocketbooks of families in central Ohio.
No city in central Ohio may feel it more than Whitehall, where what happens at one site, affects so many more.
Jolly Pirate Donuts is just one of the businesses near DSCC, the Defense Supply Center of Columbus, where fifty workers were furloughed on Monday.
If the shutdown continues, thousands could be off the job by the end of the week.
Many of those employees regularly shop up and down Broad Street, and Jolly Pirate Donuts is a frequent stop.
Money is still coming in for now, but the founder of the donut shop says he's worried about what lies ahead.
“Donuts is a dollar. Coffee is a dollar. Well everything's a dollar, but if you don't make that dollar, what are we going to do?” said Jolly Pirate Donuts founder, Nick Soulas.
Soulas says many of his regulars, who come for coffee and a sweet treat, are DSCC employees.
On Monday, dozens of them were sent home, as a result of the government shutdown.
Down the street, The Mad Greek restaurant says their lunch-hour lines are usually out the door. On Monday, many tables are full, but not like normal.
“It's about money. When you're cutting hours, you're cutting money from them and it's cutting expenses, so they're not going to spend as much money as they used to do, and that's money they could be spending here? Yes, that's right. That's exactly right,” said The Mad Gerek manager, Zack Ouchaker.
Then there's Dirty Franks Hot Dog Palace in downtown Columbus, far away from the DSCC, but close to the heart of the issue.
The owner says she can't move forward with an expansion to the west side, until she gets an SBA loan, which is also on hold because of the shutdown.
The Ohio National guard also says more than 1,000 technicians have been furloughed across the state.
People trying to apply for most federal home and business loans, will have to wait until the shutdown is over.
Anyone trying to visit the national parks, such as Wayne National Forest, will have to cancel their plans for now.
Local business owners tell 10TV they know the economic impact will only get worse the longer the furlough goes, which is why they encourage leaders in Washington to reach an agreement quickly.