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The Ozarks Feels the Impact of Government Shutdown

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- From not being able to take a dream vacation, to not being able to sip a new beer, there are many ways the government shutdown is affecting us here in the Ozarks.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- People and businesses in the Ozarks are feeling the impact of the government shutdown.

From not being able to take a dream vacation, to not being able to sip a new beer, there are many ways the government shutdown affects us.

"We are already packing and stuff," says Springfield Resident Kay S.  "We have our suitcases down out of the attic.  I hope we get to go."

Kay is feeling the impact of the nation's government shutdown.  She's upset that she may not get to see Yosemite National Park in less than two weeks as she planned.

"They don't care what's happening to people," Kay says of our lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

Kay is supposed to leave for a trip out west this month and one of the stops planned is to Yosemite National Park.  A park she's wanted to visit for as long as she can remember.

"It's on the bucket list!" she says.

But a government shutdown means the shutdown of National Parks like Yosemite, and if an agreement isn't reached in Washington soon, Kay's visit to the park could be cancelled.

"We will get our money back," Kay says.  "I'm not upset about that.  It's that I  have wanted to go to Yosemite forever.  I probably won't have another chance because I'm getting older and I don't walk real good."

Kay is not alone.  Many other people and businesses are feeling the hit hard.

"This fallout from the government is going to prevent us from selling more beer," says White River Brewing Company Brewing Representative Elonzo King.

White River Brewing Company is just one of several businesses affected by the shutdown.  They can't get labels on two of their beers intended for the fall season until lawmakers in Washington reach an agreement."

"Until we get those approved, we can't send those beers to the market," King says.

The Springfield business relies on the Alcohol, Tobacco, Tax and Trade Bureau to make sure its labels meet government standards.

"It's really putting a damper in our operation," King says.  "We wanted a fall beer out for fall and as it stands now, we aren't going to be able to have that out possibly until winter."   

As the clock continues ticking, people like Kay and businesses like White River Brewing Company are hoping lawmakers will reach a compromise.

"They're still collecting taxes," King says.  "But they are not giving label approvals, which we don't think is fair."

"I'm not getting any younger," Kay said laughing.

The last time the government shut down was in 1996.  It lasted 21 days.
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