Shutdown squeezing Alabama city built on federal spending
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A Southern city that relies on federal dollars for much of its economy is feeling the pinch from the continuing government shutdown.
Hotel rooms and restaurant tables are empty in Huntsville, Alabama, where thousands of workers are either furloughed or not getting paid. A large credit union has provided hundreds of loans to struggling families, and it expects to issue more as government workers miss paychecks Friday.
One restaurant executive calls the shutdown “a fog with no end in sight.”
The north Alabama city was once known for its cotton trade and watercress farms, but Huntsville is now the ultimate government town. About 70 federal agencies are located at the Army’s 38,000-acre Redstone Arsenal, and more than half of the area’s economy is tied to Washington spending.