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A federal government shutdown would have ripple effects across the country and right here in the Tri-State.

There are thousands of Tri-State residents who work for the Government.  They are IRS employees, social security workers, EPA employees, the list goes on.

"I love it.  It's a good job. I enjoy coming to work every day," said Bill Dorgan, who works for the IRS in downtown Cincinnati.  He's one of thousands sweating a government shutdown at 4 p.m. on Friday.

"We all have families, mortgages, car payments, gas, electric.  They're still gonna want their money," worries Dorgan.  His family relies on the Government for not one, but two paychecks.  His wife works for the IRS in Covington.  "We are a week to week paycheck.  Every two weeks we get paid, pay the bills, whatever's left we put dinner on the table."

The last government shutdown was in 1996 and lasted three weeks.  It's a long time to go without a paycheck, and a long time to let work pile up. 

"We're in the middle of tax season so if we're not here who's going to file the tax returns? Issue refunds to the public? Put the money back into the economy?  We gotta be here.  If we're not here it's not getting done," says Dorgan.

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