Locals Speak Out On Government Shutdown

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By: Elizabeth Nickerson
October 6, 2013

Tallahassee, FL--Almost a week into the government shutdown and still no end in sight. Tallahassee residents are hoping to see a resolution soon.

The McCoy family rely on government assistance, but with everything on a standstill the McCoy's are afraid for what's ahead.

"A negative impact as far as those depended on assistance, like those on food stamps are scared as far as the future," said Tyresha McCoy, a Tallahassee resident.

The McCoy family is not the only ones effected. Ryan Hovatter, now a Tallahassee resident, moved all his belongings and family from Little Rock, Arkansas to Florida for a National Guard position, but in the middle of the move he got word of the shutdown.

"Find out the day of the move that orders are going to be postponed until the government comes back on, so it cost a little bit of money and we are kind of in a limbo, but were not so bad," said Ryan Hovatter, a Tallahassee resident.

Hovatter says during the shutdown he has been out of work and has no health care for his family. He says he wants others to understand how the shutdown is directly effecting those not on active duty.

"It's frustrating, I want to start work and I don't want to be hanging out," said Hovatter.

Hovatter has prepared for a situation like this one. He has money set aside in savings, but says he's eager to start back on the job soon.

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