Utah may be a Tea Party paradise, but our economy depends heavily on the federal government. There are 35,000 Utahns who work for federal agencies. Hill Air Force Base is the biggest employer in the state. Utah is home to five national parks, and 30 million acres of national forests and BLM public lands. It should not be surprising that in our state the Republican Shutdown of the federal government has gone over like the proverbial lead balloon.
A Deseret News poll from last week found that 56 percent of Utahns disagreed it was worth shutting down the government.
Commissioners from Washington, Kane, San Juan, Garfield, Sevier, Grand, Iron, Wayne and Piute counties met Monday and declared a state of emergency due to “economic disruption” as a result of the closure of Utah national parks and the furloughing of federal employees.
In national polls, Republicans have hit the 70% disapproval mark for shutting down our government, and threatening America and the world with another financial meltdown and recession.
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UPDATE: Unemployment claims skyrocketed 500 percent in Utah due to the Republican Shutdown.