The federal government is entering the sixth day of its partial shutdown. But what are the long-term effects of such a political stalemate on small cities like Lodi?
“By and large most of what the city deals with is handled at the state level and will not be affected by the government shutdown,” city spokesman Jeff Hood said.
The city has seen the effects of a partial government shutdown before. The most recent one to date was in October 2013, under the Obama administration.
That shutdown lasted 18 days, with about 800,000 federal employees being furloughed and another 1.3 million reporting to work without known pay dates.
The current shutdown comes after the Senate declined to earmark $5 billion for a wall on the border of the United States and Mexico.
In 2013, Lodi faced only some minor inconveniences during the shutdown. It did not have an immense impact on the city’s municipal government.
“During the last shutdown, we only experienced a delay in communication with state officials if they were a branch of a federal agency like Homeland Security, or if we were waiting for information regarding grant programs,” Hood said.
For many federal workers, a government shutdown can mean a furlough, but that’s not the case for everyone. Many federal employees must still attend work, but will be subjected to a pay freeze until a decision can be reached.
The shutdown does offer exemptions for certain federal employees, including workers with the U.S. Postal Service and the Department of Motor Vehicles. Operations will continue as normal at the Lodi Post Office and DMV.