The shutdown’s bad. Buckle up because it could get much worse

THE IMPACT OF the partial government shutdown is expected to expand exponentially the longer the shutdown extends as federal agencies, without intervention, will run out of cash on hand or lose unpaid employees to staff integral positions. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ELIJAH NOUVELAGE
THE IMPACT OF the partial government shutdown is expected to increase exponentially the longer the shutdown extends, as federal agencies, without intervention, will run out of cash on hand or lose unpaid employees to staff integral government positions. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ELIJAH NOUVELAGE
NEW YORK - Airport security screeners could quit en masse, grounding flights. The federal courts could stop hearing civil cases. City buses could stop running. And 38 million Americans could stop getting food stamps. Officials from Washington to Wall Street are pondering nightmare scenarios if the partial U.S. government shutdown that is already the longest on…

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