Government shutdown impacts private companies too

Taylor Phillips, owner of Eco-Tour Adventures in Wyoming.

The government shutdown has forced many federal employees out of work. But many private workers and small business are suffering as well. 

Taylor Phillips owns Eco-Tour Adventures in Wyoming, which normally takes visitors on wildlife tours in Grant Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Although his small business is separate from the government, he is a permitee of the national park -- which means he is required to shut down operations as well. 

"The spotlight is on government employees, but there's a huge private sector being impacted," he says. "We rely on the tourism industry and people come here for the parks."

Taylor Phillips, owner of Eco-Tour Adventures in Wyoming, joins Marketplace's Mark Garrison to discuss. Click the audio player above to hear more. 

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Mark Garrison is a reporter and substitute host for Marketplace, based in New York.

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