WUFT News

Florida Residents Suffer From Federal Government Shutdown

By and on October 1st, 2013

Indecision in Washington led to furloughs for more than 800,000 government workers, including many who call North Central Florida home.

After Congress failed to reach a consensus on the national budget, the government officially shut down at midnight Tuesday, defunding all non-essential services deemed by the government.

Non-essential services include parks and museums as well as certain financial agencies.

Locally, Ocala National Forest was one of 401 properties of the National Park Service shut down. Visitors will not be allowed to enter the park, and campers or on-site hotel guests will have 48 hours to leave, according to CNN.

Security officers at the Gainesville IRS office at 104 N. Main Street were turning away residents at the door. The office’s employees are without pay, a guard told WUFT News Tuesday morning.

The office’s answering machine reported all IRS offices as closed during the current budget situation.

“All past payments and filing deadlines remain in effect during this period,” according to the answering machine. This includes the looming Oct. 15 deadline for a Form 1040 extension filing.

Services labeled as essential include the military, the Postal Service, most law enforcement, emergency medical care, federal prisons, air traffic control and Social Security programs.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida) said he was “outraged” about the House of Representatives’ tactics Tuesday.


This entry was posted in Politics and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Politics

Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter explains to supporters why voting results were delayed Tuesday night. Despite minor technical difficulties, the results were reported and gave some candidates the news they had been waiting for.

Yoho Takes GOP Primary Over Rush; Alachua Voting Results

Congressman Ted Yoho claimed his seat in the August primary on Tuesday amid delay in voting results. Alachua County tallied up the votes in its primary elections, naming Lee Pinkoson, Ken Cornell and Gunnar Paulson among the winners.


Florida Inches Closer to Other States in Tuition Charged Undocumented Students

Florida may soon offer undocumented students in-state tuition at public colleges and universities, joining the ranks of 20 other states with similar tuition equity laws and policies.


Sheila Bryant, left, and Billie Jean Curtis, right, stand on the grounds of Curtis Recycling in Hampton in November. Curtis found a letter signed by someone claiming to be Mayor Barry Moore in the yard of her recycling company.

Update: City of Hampton Under Criminal Investigation

Elise Giordano / WUFT News Sheila Bryant, left, and Billie Jean Curtis, right, stand on the grounds of Curtis Recycling in Hampton in November. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Jacksonville office is conducting a criminal investigation on the city [...]


Bullets

Unlicensed Concealing of Weapons During Emergencies Bill Passes House

The bill passed in the house with a vote of 80-36 Friday afternoon.


Helen Warren and her campaign team celebrate her win for Gainesville City Commission At-large Seat 2. Warren viewed the results at the Alachua County supervisor of elections office on Tuesday night.

Helen Warren Defeats Annie Orlando In Run-Off Race

Helen Warren wins Gainesville City Commission At-large Seat 2 in run-off election against Annie Orlando on Tuesday night.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments