Virginians are for the most part, aware of what is expected to happen at the national level, with the closures of National Parks and monuments being first on the list. We also know that the mail and Social Security checks will continue without interruption.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, speaking Tuesday on his weekly WTOP radio show, had this to say about the GOP's plan to defund Obamacare, calling it a “bad policy," McDonnell went on to say that, "at this point it is the law and we are going to implement it in a way that is least offensive and harmful to the state of Virginia.”
McDonnell went on to add that, “We can’t hold federal workers and the federal government hostage with that. I think the government shutdown is not the right way to go.” Even so, with Virginia being a "defense-heavy" state, contingency plans have been put into place.
A prolonged shutdown would cost millions per shutdown day in income and sales-tax revenues, and would most effect the Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia areas. In fact, Fairfax County, in Northern Virginia is home to more than 4,100 federal contractors. In 2012, they took in a combined $26.4 billion in federal contracts.
Martin Kent, McDonnell's Chief-of-Staff, issued a memo on Tuesday to executive branch agency heads, presidents of colleges and universities and others, outlining the policy of the state in regard to a federal government shutdown.
The policies listed had to do with not incurring expenses against federal programs after Oct. 1. There was also an outline of steps to be taken if an agency wants to extend federal funding beyond Oct. 4.
Overall, Kent pointed out that this is not a good time to have to be dealing with a shutdown of the government, especially so because Virginia is in the middle of crafting its state budget. Budgetary woes and worry over the number of defense contractors that may be furloughed can and will have an impact on Virginia, particularly if the shutdown goes into several weeks.