Local agencies and businesses back to work after shutdown

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Updated: 10/17/2013 11:30 pm
With the government shutdown in the rearview mirror, local federal agencies and businesses are picking up where they left off with plenty of catching up to do. 

"Not being able to work for 12 days, it interrupts what you've already started," Quenna Terry, with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, said. "And of course, all of us have a lot of work to do here because we provide assistance to farmers and ranchers in a 51-county area."

"The confidence factor, when the government shut down, people started getting worried," Bill DeTournillon, president of Prime West Mortgage, said. "So, although our business has still been good, and realtors are still selling houses, when people lack confidence, they don't want to make decisions."

With a short-term solution, Texas Tech Professor Gregg Murray said this is the calm before yet another storm. 

"The deal that was made last night seems to have pushed the problem down the road a little bit," Murray said. "What it means is that there is going to be more stability right now in the very immediate term, but in the longer term, it's just going to perpetuate the instability."

He said one of the only big changes you will see in the last-minute plan is a minor adjustment in the verification in the Affordable Care Act. 

"Other than that, there were some spending cuts, in terms of the sequester that was held in place, because they maintained spending at that level," Murray said. "But that is something that people weren't really going to recognize or feel anyhow, because that was already in place. So, I think almost all we did was maintain the status quo and shut down the government at the same time."

Lubbock Congressman Randy Neugebauer voted against the plan. He said the real threat to the economy is the increasing debt. 

"The reason I voted against the proposal was that it really didn't do anything for the taxpayers, and it didn't do anything for our children and grandchildren," Neugebauer said. "And it still hasn't done anything to protect American families from Obamacare."

"I don't think anybody won on this deal, in terms of just strategic pieces of who got the most, and who got the least," Murray said.

Although he doesn't see the plan as a win-win situation, Murray said had lawmakers not come up with a deal before the deadline, it would have damaged the perception of our government across the world. 
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