Gov. Brewer speaks out on government shutdown

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- As a possible government shutdown loomed, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer spoke out Monday about what that would mean for our state.

"We are moving forward with all my cabinet directors to come forward with a plan and be ready to go in case that shutdown happens," she says.

Reporters asked her about what a shutdown could mean for the Grand Canyon. "I don't know if the Grand Canyon is a priority for the State of Arizona," she said. "We have a lot of other priorities out there, like our National Guardsmen, children, and people that will be hurting desperately if we don't get something done."

"The Grand Canyon is important," she says. "I told my cabinet today that if they have a plan they want to present to me, I would absolutely look at it and if we can do anything, we will, if it's financially sound and good for the State of Arizona. What we're embarking on is very frustrating, to say the least. It's very unfortunate that our Congress and our President can't get their act together and do the job that they were elected to do."

Gov. Brewer says a federal shutdown "will have an unnecessary and negative impact on services aimed to assist Arizona's vulnerable." She says her office continues to work with state agencies to ensure that the effects of a shutdown are minimal.