Businesses feel pinch of government shutdown
Posted at: 10/03/2013 6:23 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Here in New Mexico, we’ve seen the shutdown’s impact on federal workers and their families. Now, that’s spread to businesses that have nothing to do with the government.
“I've had to cut my prices basically in half,” Chelsey’s manager Ronneal Hawkins said. “I got employees out in the street everyday passing out coupons trying to convince everyone we're here for them-especially our soldiers.”
Hawkins says months ago when Kirtland furloughed people for just one day a week, it hurt business. This week’s shutdown is the final straw.
“We took a 30 percent hit-had to lay off employees, fewer hours, it's hurt us bad,” Hawkins said.
More than 2,000 civilian workers at Kirtland Air Force Base have been furloughed since Tuesday. Most don’t live on the base, so now there are fewer people around to stop for lunch or dinner on a break from work.
For Chelsey’s, empty tables means no paychecks for wait staff or cooks.
They’ve had to get rid of five of their ten workers. They’d like to hire them back – but for that to happen, government must get out of gridlock and get people working again.
“Let's get together somehow and come to some kind of resolution, get through this-because it’s hurting everyone,” Hawkins said.