The 16-day government shutdown last October cost the U.S. economy an estimated $24 billion.

The tourism industry in southern Utah lost approximately $30 million. Thankfully Gov. Gary Herbert managed to find state funds to open some of the national parks. In northern Utah, thousands of federal employees from Hill Air Force Base, the IRS and the Forest Service were furloughed, creating financial havoc to the furloughed employees as well as the small businesses that relied on them. The Ogden-Clearfield area has 24,000 federal employees, making up 11.5 percent of the workforce and was the sixthhardest hit community in the nation.

Clearly the Utah legislators who voted to continue the shutdown did not have the best interests of the citizens of Utah in mind. Is there any reason to even consider voting for the politicians who knowingly and willfully damaged the state economy to say nothing of what they did to the citizens of northern Utah? I don’t think so. We must elect legislators who will work for us, not against us.

Robert Brodstein