Ohioans across the state are feeling the impact of President Trump’s reckless government shutdown. The partial government shutdown — which has stretched into its 13th day and counting — has left Ohio workers, small business owners, farmers, and local communities in the lurch:
OHIO MAN CANNOT AFFORD TO BUY INSULIN: “As a result of the partial government shutdown, Leo, a tax examiner for the IRS in Ohio, has been out of work for 10 days now. He cannot pick up his more than $200 insulin prescription because he doesn’t know when his next paycheck will come. ‘I have to save every penny right now,’ said Leo…If the stalemate in Washington perists, he expects to rely on his credit card to get by.” [CNBC, 1/2/19]
LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES FEEL IMPACT: “A local winery is feeling the ripple effects of the government shutdown in Washington…Benfield Wines is a small family-owned spot in Swanton. Their products are sold around the country and without federal agencies open to approve new labels for new wines, the owners are stuck playing the waiting game.” [WTVG, 12/29/18]
SHUTDOWN THREATENS AID TO FARMERS: “The continuing US federal government shutdown could have substantial negative consequences for American farmers, many of whom are already feeling the squeeze from the ongoing trade conflict between the US and China.” [Business Insider, 12/31/18]
LOCAL FOODBANK OPERATIONS UNDER THREAT: “On day five of the government shutdown, the Dayton Foodbank’s shelves were fully stocked. From meat products to fruit many of items in stock are supplied by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA is one of the federal departments closed as a result of the shutdown. ‘If the furlough continues, then there will be delays in being able to get food and we get a quarter of our food through the USDA,’ Lora Davenport, communications manager for the Foodbank said.” [WDYN, 12/26/18]
TRASH CANS ‘OVERFLOWING’ AT NE OHIO PARK: “Park staff at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, meanwhile, are expressing concerns about the increase in littering and trash in the park since the shutdown began. Deb Yandala, CEO of the Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, says trash cans are overflowing because no employees are there to empty the bins and that visitors are leaving their trash on the ground.” [WOSU, 1/3/19]
OPIOID CASE DELAYED DUE TO SHUTDOWN: “A federal judge in Ohio granted the U.S. Department of Justice’s request to halt discovery in a set of leading lawsuits over the opioid epidemic due to the partial government shutdown.” [Law.com, 1/3/19]
A December USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll found that a majority of Americans — 54 percent — oppose Trump’s government shutdown. By a nearly 2 to 1 margin, Americans say they would hold President Trump and the Republicans, not congressional Democrats, responsible for a government shutdown.