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Furman Professor Predicts Effects Of Possible Government Shutdown

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GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

If there's no budget deal by next week and Congress takes no action, the effects of a government shutdown will be felt across the country.

Core services won't go away, but existing services could slow with understaffed offices and furloughed workers.

Tom Smyth, a professor at Furman University, thinks Congress will end up postponing the budget deal.

But if there is a shutdown you could have trouble accessing loans and run into trouble when traveling.

Smyth remembers the last time the government tried to shutdown.

"I was actually going over seas with my family and it took about an extra three weeks to get my passport," Smyth said.

As for the impact of federal dollars on South Carolina's economy, Smyth says there won't be a big change unless the shutdown lasts a long time.

"Anytime they slow the dollars, at some point it will have an impact, but usually not right away."

The shutdown would also force the closure of national parks, museums and zoo's.

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