Government shutdown 101: 12 ways it could affect you

With Congress failing to fund the federal government by Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year, the government has gone into partial shutdown. Here is a list of what's open, and what isn't, during the shutdown.

12. Will the shutdown save the government money?

Probably not. The CRFB reports that estimates vary widely, but “evidence suggests that shutdowns tend to cost, not save, money.” Putting contingency plans in place costs money. And during the shutdown itself, user fees and other charges will not be collected. The last shutdown cost the government $1.4 billion, according to an estimate by the Office of Management and Budget.

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