With America two weeks into the government shutdown temper tantrum, politicians have mostly acted like spoiled children — retreating to their rooms of incompetence and only coming out to collect their allowances. The standoff is costing taxpayers millions of dollars per day, with some states feeling the effects more than others.
In order to gauge which parts of the nation are taking the biggest financial hits from the shutdown, WalletHub conducted a study by using several key data sources, including federal workers and contract dollars per capita, small business lending per capita, social security payments per capita, and number of veterans per capita. Interestingly, the report finds that states won by the Republican Party in the 2012 presidential election could feel the most pain with a prolonged government shutdown, as 15 Red States ranked in the top 25.
“There will be plenty of angry constituents for politicians to answer to,” said Odysseas Papadimitriou, WalletHub and CardHub CEO. “Let’s just hope they get the message before we set the economic recovery back too far or allow partisan politics to ruin America’s good name with investors worldwide.” Here’s a look at the top 10 states or regions affected by the government shutdown, or areas that will be affected in the case of a prolonged shutdown, according to WalletHub.