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Federal government shutdown could affect central Wisconsin

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If the budget battle in Washington continues, a federal government shutdown could be felt in central Wisconsin.

But, it would take a while for a federal shutdown to trickle down and impact central Wisconsin.

Even if the federal government shuts down Wausau police say officers would still be out in full force. They are protected as essential personnel. Other city or state employees would also not be affected.

According to CNN, the US Postal Service would remain open and you'd still get your mail. Social security checks would also continue, as would veteran benefits.

But some services would stop. Many visas and passports wouldn't be processed. Depending how long the government would be shut down, that could be a problem travelers. “People that don't travel frequently and now maybe they are in a position where they want to go to a warm weather destination this winter would typically start to apply for a passport about now. That could create a real problem if this would extend for a period of time,” said Scott Hunger, owner of Travel Leaders.

CNN also says gun permits and small business loans from the government wouldn't be processed. The military would work, but their mid-October check could be an IOU.

If the government shuts down, all national park service sites do, too. The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in the Northwoods confirmed that means they would also be closed.

A lot of the budget debate goes back to funding Obamacare, but even if the federal government shuts down, the Affordable Care Act will still be implemented.

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