How government shutdown affects North Carolina

October 1, 2013 1:27:40 PM PDT
From services for veterans to getting your passport, turning out the lights in Washington will impact many lives in North Carolina.

The state is already poised for survival. Officials sent out a memo to all state department heads outlining strict directives effective Tuesday. It says employees fully supported by federal funds will be placed on leave without pay. Those partially supported will have pay and time reduced. All departments will be forbidden to spend any state money on fully federally funded programs.

The shutdown will likely impact North Carolina's tourism business just as the mountains get ready to welcome visitors interested in seeing the leaves turn in the fall.

"What we don't want to see is people not traveling," said Wit Tuttell, with N.C. Tourism marketing. "This is a big time of the year for people traveling to the mountains and to the coast."

State tourism officials say campgrounds and visitor centers near the Blue Ridge Parkway that attract roughly two million this time of year could start closing as early as Tuesday, but they want people to know the highway will remain open.

"There's so many things to see and do just off the Parkway," said Tuttell. "So, this will give people a chance to get and see some of the communities."

From Duke and UNC to N.C. State and more, on the Triangle's education front, a prolonged shutdown would whittle away hundreds of millions of dollars in federal research grants.

On the home front, many first-time buyers seeking government-backed mortgages could face delays, which could hurt our housing market -- currently one of the strongest in the country.

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