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How government shutdown would affect Rochester


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) - Federally funded facilities in Rochester are facing the possibility that checks will just stop coming. 

The Federal Medical Center is just one facility in the Med City that could be impacted by a possible government shutdown. 

But employees say because of the importance of their jobs, they can't just be told not to come to work. 

"With us being a prison where we're dealing with human lives every day, our mission is number one, safety and security of the community and the care and custody of our inmate population. And both of those will continue whether we have a budget or not," said Julie Miller, public information officer for Federal Medical Center.

Although payment is still unclear, FMC is a facility that would continue to run, even throughout a government shutdown.

"We will continue to come to work because we have a mission to accomplish and that is our number one job," Miller said.

While FMC is still in the dark about much of their immediate future, there's a different tune at the Rochester International Airport. 

"This situation impacts the TSA and air traffic control differently than the sequestration, so at this present time, in talks with air traffic control as well as TSA, we don't expect any operational disruption," said Marty Lenss, executive director of the Rochester International Airport. 

The only big change RST is anticipating is rent checks. 

"Some of our federal tenants that pay land rent and building rent and things like that will probably be slowed down, so our rent checks will come a little slower," he said.

He expects no changes for travelers, not just in Rochester, but nationwide. 

 "We expect no changes," he said. "So for the general flying public, they can expect their flights to go on schedule."

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