ST. LOUIS,MO (KTVI)-- The government shutdown is over and local facilities like the Arch are back in business. And government agencies like the Army Corps of Engineers are working again.
Everyone seems to be glad to have things re-opened, even though a majority of Missouri’s congressmen voted against re-opening the government.
Missouri has eight congress people in the House of Representatives. And six of them, including suburban congresswoman Ann Wagner voted against re-opening the government. Despite that, the government re-opened and everything from the Arch and old courthouse downtown to the federal processing center on Goodfellow are now open.
There are 41,000 federal workers in the St. Louis Metro region. And them being without pay for 16 days cost the regional economy between $50 million and $60 million. The problem is that this deal to re-open the federal government only lasts through January 17th. After that, federal workers could find themselves in this position all over again. Take the Army Corps of Engineers, which has 700 workers in the St. Louis region. Having gone without paychecks for 16 days is bad enough. But knowing it could all happen again in about 12 weeks has people's nerves on edge.
And that's the big question. Will a lot of the people on the federal payroll be willing to stay with a career in federal service if this happens again?