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Uncertainty of future shutdown could dampen holiday spending

Uncertainty of future shutdown could dampen holiday spending

Though the federal government shutdown ended last week, the economic impact is likely to be felt in Maryland for months, dimming prospects for a robust holiday shopping season. With Congress funding the government only through Jan. 15 — raising the specter of another shutdown — some federal workers in Maryland plan to limit their holiday spending. Stores are bracing for more frugal customers. And financial experts are urging federal workers to start saving immediately. "To move the economy forward, we need a strong consumer. If a consumer can't rely on his or her job … they aren't going to spend," said Bradley Turner, an associate economist at...

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