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Government shutdown will slow some businessesUPDATED 6:48 PM HST Sep 30, 2013Video Transcript
Bringing the issue home- What does a government shutdown mean for you? KITV4'S Andrew Pereira continues our team coverage tonight. Paula, we already know hundreds of thousands of non-essential government workers will be furloughed during a shutdown. But, private businesses that depend on government offices being open may also suffer. :10 :48 1:18 Image City in Restaurant Row is a one-stop print store, and it's the federal offices close by that drives profits. On Monday... business was booming. NANCY KOU: "TODAY HAS BEEN REALLY BUSY BECAUSE I THINK PEOPLE HEARD OF THAT GOVERNMENT CLOSE DOWN." But it could be a bust on Tuesday. 70 percent of customers who walk into Image City need passport photos or fingerprints. If the federal government shuts down, so to will that steady stream of revenue. NANCY KOU: "THEN OUR COMPANY WOULD BE REALLY SLOW BECAUSE WE TAKE A LOT OF GOVERNMENT PASSPORT AND WE TAKE A LOT OF FINGER PRINTING FOR GOVERNMENT AND STUFF LIKE THAT." Image City is not alone. Local eateries at Restaurant Row depend on workers at the nearby Prince Kuhio Federal Building. CARL HAMADA: "WELL, IT WILL PROBABLY IMPACT US BECAUSE WE'RE CLOSE TO THE FEDERAL BUILDING AND HAVE A LOT OF FEDERAL AGENCIES HERE." Carl Hamada of Carval Café estimates half of HIS business comes from federal employees. CARL HAMADA: "THEY COME FROM THE COURTS, ALL THE AGENCIES IN THE FEDERAL BUILDING." Although many government buildings and visitor attractions like the Arizona Memorial will go dark during a shutdown, Punchbowl Cemetery will not. However, not all 27 cemetery workers may be on the job. GENE CASTAGNETTI: "WE'LL STILL BE OPEN, WE WILL CONDUCT ALL FUNERALS AND COMMITTAL SERVICES AS NECESSARY. IT MAY BE WITH A LIMITED STAFF, WE'LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE WHAT WASHINGTON SAYS." Business owners at Restaurant Row say they'll also be waiting for the stalemate to end. NANCY KOU: "I'M HOPING NOT TOO LONG, HOPEFULLY EVERYTHING WILL BE RESOLVED." CARL HAMADA: I CAN UNDERSTAND BOTH SIDES, BOTH SIDES HAVE A VERY GOOD ARGUMENT." According to a survey last year by Pepperdine University's School of Business, 11- percent of business owners said a government shutdown would have a "very negative" impact on them if it lasted a week. But if a shutdown lasts one month, that number changes to 35 percent. Paula... back to you.