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Wayne State University experts available to comment about federal government shutdown

October 1, 2013

The nation is in the midst of a partial government shutdown as a dispute over the Affordable Care Act continues on Capitol Hill. Congress and the Senate appear to be far apart in passing a spending bill that would end the shutdown.

Experts say most Americans will not feel the effects of a short-term shutdown, as most essential government operations will continue to function. However, a longer-term shutdown may negatively affect the economy and government services.

Wayne State University offers experts to add perspective about the next steps involved in working through the various economic, health, labor and political issues.

Please contact Wayne State Public Relations at 313-577-8155 to arrange an interview.

Sudip Datta, professor of finance and interim chair of the Department of Finance, can discuss the effects of the government shutdown on the stock and bond markets and Wall Street.

Peter Hammer, professor of law, can explore health law and policy, and how the government shutdown may affect these areas.

Marick Masters, professor of business and political science, is available to discuss issues related to labor relations and the effects of the government shutdown on federal union employees.

Stephen Spurr, professor of economics, can offer an economic analysis of the law and the overall effects of the government shutdown.

Lyke Thompson, professor of political science and director of the Center for Urban Studies, can offer insight into the political process involved in the government shutdown.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 29,000 students.