Military families forced by shutdown to adjust
- October 3, 2013
- David Brownstone, economics professor, is quoted in the Orange County Register October 3, 2013
From the OC Register:
David Brownstone, professor of economics at UC Irvine, said furlough effects from the Marine base will ripple through South Orange County cities. With civilian workers out of jobs, many of whom live in cities that surround the base where more than 40,000 Marines are based, restaurants, bars, dry cleaners and retail stores will likely be hardest hit. “The first thing you do is cut back on the nonessentials,” he said. “The commissary closures could counteract those effects and could actually be beneficial.” Brownstone said the longer the federal shutdown continues, the greater the effects on the county’s economy will be. Suppliers to the base could also be affected if base officials begin cutting back on orders placed from Orange County companies.
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