District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray met with local government leaders from Maryland and Virginia to talk about the wide-ranging effects of the federal government shutdown Wednesday.
While hotel bookings, restaurant sales and incomes sank during the government shutdown, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray reported an increase in alcohol sales.
The District has been running on emergency funds -- blocked from spending its own tax dollars. Thousands of federal workers in the city and beyond have been furloughed, resulting in a loss of retail and restaurant tax revenue.
"[During the shutdown, we've had] 13,000 fewer hotel bookings and about a $2 million loss in revenue," Gray said. "The one area where we've seen an increase is the alcohol tax has increased in the District in Columbia. I won't try to speculate as to why."
Alcohol sales increased 3 percent in the first week of October 2013 compared to the first week of September 2013.