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Study: Government Shutdowns Impact Blue States More than Red States

Government shutdown 3D illustration and graphic concept. (Photo: AdobeStock)

Five Key Metrics Indicate President Trump, Republicans Can Tolerate Shutdown Longer than Democrats

Government shutdown 3D illustration and graphic concept. (Photo: AdobeStock)
Government shutdown 3D illustration and graphic concept. (Photo: AdobeStock)

President Donald Trump invited and met with congressional leaders at the White House on Wednesday to discuss negotiations to end the partial government shutdown.

Fearing a progressive revolt before securing the gavel in the U.S. House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., did not come to negotiate in good faith.

Following what was supposed to be a border security briefing, Senator Schumer told reporters outside that Republicans “are starting to feel the heat.”

But a new study finds government shutdowns disproportionately impact Blue States and Democratic constituencies juxtaposed to Red States and Republican constituencies.

RankStates Most ImpactRankStates Least Impact
1District of Columbia42Ohio
2New Mexico43North Dakota
3Maryland44New Jersey
7West Virginia48Iowa
9Alabama50New Hampshire

The result of the study conducted by WalletHub backs up PPD’s editor Rich Baris, who has been making the same case on social media for days.

WalletHub compared 50 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) across 5 key metrics, ranging from each state’s share of federal jobs to federal contract dollars per capita to the share of families receiving food stamps.

Overall RankStateTotal ScoreOverall RankStateTotal Score
1District of Columbia78.5927Vermont30.46
2New Mexico65.9528Texas29.59
7West Virginia46.2533Pennsylvania27.20
9Alabama43.4635New York27.08
11Rhode Island37.7437California26.65
12Montana37.2838North Carolina26.64
17Kentucky35.8143North Dakota23.69
18Washington35.7144New Jersey19.30
21South Carolina32.8847Indiana17.02
22South Dakota32.6248Iowa16.49
24Louisiana32.3650New Hampshire15.59

The partial government shutdown entered its 13th day on Thursday and President Trump has invited congressional leaders back to the White House on Friday to again reopen negotiations.

These findings indicate Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Schumer will be feeling more “heat” than the president and Republican leaders on Capitol Hill.

Worth noting, unlike constituencies who rely on SNAP, otherwise known as food stamps, large Republican constituencies who might’ve been impacted are not in this case.

For example, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has been fully funded through Fiscal Year 2019.

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