Kiplinger

The Government Shutdown's Real-World Cost

As I write this column, the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history is entering day 28, with no clear path for a resolution. Our offices are located less than two miles from the U.S. Capitol, and I've gotten used to witnessing nonstop drama from across town. But when our leaders hold 800,000 federal government workers' paychecks hostage, it feels personal--and impacts personal finances. Even if you're. For those directly affected, it serves as a real-life test of an underpinning of financial preparedness: the emergency fund.

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