Mayor Gray talks about shutdown impact on D.C.
WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Mayor Vincent Gray estimates the government shutdown cost D.C. between seven and 9-percent in business revenue. That's compared to October 2012. Gray talked about the shutdown impact on Friday's edition of NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt.
Gray says most of the money lost during the shutdown was from tourism and the hospitality industry. He also said it's money that will never be recovered.
Gray says he's relieved the city won't have to worry about becoming collateral damage if the government shuts down again. The bill signed early Thursday by the president funds the government through Jan. 15, but it allows the district to spend local funds through September.
"It really was a coming together of people who were able to convince that the district really is an innocent victim in this process," said Mayor Gray. "We've also said a thousand times that this is the money of the people of the District of Columbia, raised by the taxes generated by the people of the District of Columbia. So we were able to get this victory, even though we recognize as well we've got some distance to travel to get to where we should be."