Local small business owner reacts to government shutdown


by Alex Shuman


Posted on September 30, 2013 at 11:39 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 30 at 11:47 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- A looming government shutdown has some small business owners in Louisville concerned about the indirect impact on the local economy.

Gabe Sowder opened up Taco Punk, a quick service gourmet taco eatery on East Market, a year and a half ago.  He said his small business is dependent on day to day customers.

“A slow time for us means trouble,” Sowder said.

Sowder said the actions of representatives in Washington may lead to less business for his restaurant.

On the other hand, Rep. Todd Young, R-Indiana, said Sowder’s business would see a greater threat from the Affordable Care Act than a government shutdown.

“I came here solution oriented,” Young said.  “That’s what my constituents want.  I visited with a number of Democratic members of Congress up to the eleventh hour about how we’re going to keep the government open.”

Other Kentuckiana representatives want Obamacare left out of the discussion.

“We just got to fund the government and debate things like the Affordable Care Act in a normal democratic process,” said Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Kentucky.

Sowder said he has hopes that lawmakers can find common ground and give his new company a stable environment.

“The government’s purpose is to protect people and business,” he said.  “This is not acting in the best interest of really the citizenry or business at all.”