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Mayor Walsh on Boston Public Radio | Jan. 11, 2019

Walsh: Government Shutdown Will Have Serious Local Impact In Boston

Marty Walsh
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in July, 2017. Walsh says he is concerned about the government shutdown's local impact.
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Mayor Walsh on Boston Public Radio | Jan. 11, 2019

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says the ongoing partial government shutdown is affecting much more than tourism and federal workers in Boston. It's beginning to have a serious local impact, he said.

“Shutting down the government is terrible,” Walsh said Friday in an interview with Boston Public Radio. “Eight hundred thousand people ... not having work and pay now for three weeks is horrible.”

As of Friday, the shutdown had lasted 21 days. Walsh says he’s concerned about federal funding for local housing and public health programs in Boston.

“The longer this goes, the more impacts it'll have,” Walsh said. “We're concerned about money that's in housing programs. We're concerned about money in public health programs. We're concerned about the unintended consequences of these different departments that can't get their [employees] paid in time, which is going to then affect a lot of other things in our city.”

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