Indiana companies fear effects of government shutdown

Bus companies are on hold while popular tourist destinations remain closed.
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At an Indianapolis bus barn - far from Washington D.C. - they fear they could feel the economic brakes of the federal government shutdown.

"We're a family-owned business with four motor coaches and when you have an impact like this, three, four, five trips canceled, that's detrimental to everybody," said James Newton.

Newton's Laws of Transportation Charter Bus service hasn't had clients cancel yet. He keeps working the phones, talking with clients planning trips. Everyone is wondering what Washington will do next.

"October is a very busy month for us so for things to happen at this time of the year it could really impact us financially," Newton said.

He's got trips to Washington, Gettysburg, even Indiana Dunes scheduled - all affected now by the government shutdown.

Teacher James Tutin at Eastwood Middle School says, "You usually think the only thing that's going to keep you from seeing those sites are hurricanes and things of that nature."

But a political storm could impact students in eighth grade here, planning to leave this Sunday for Washington.

"I was really excited to be going to the Smithsonian, see the Air and Space (Museum)," says Eva.

She and her pal Kate have been planning for this trip.

"Disappointed," says Kate, "because I know it will conflict with what we have planned for next week."

Eva's mother Angie Brooks wore an Obama-Biden t-shirt at a school soccer match Tuesday. She said of the students, "They are being held hostage. I don't think it's fair to them at all."

It all impacts the economy. Newton's buses buy gas and tires and pay salaries. If they don't roll, that money doesn't roll through the Hoosier economy.

But the shutdown is fueling something good, too.

Tutin says his students are at least "coming up to me with concerns and interest about what's going on in the government."