The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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October 15, 2013

Shutdown misery across the country



Virginia — I am a federal employee with a security clearance and a master's degree. I've been furloughed since Oct 2. I am supporting a family of five on one salary. I filed for unemployment yesterday.

Alaska — Sixty percent of Alaska is owned and managed by the federal government, and the shutdown has affected not only government employees but those who depend on government services, many of whom live in remote areas and are dependent upon those services.

Louisiana — As an employee of a small business who is a federal government contractor, this shutdown [affects] my very livelihood. While "civil servant" federal employees will get back pay, I will not. I am essentially donating my life's savings for Congress to play politics.

Arizona — Federal Employee family of five in a single income family. Second time in six months that I am furloughed. This is day 22 of the government shutdown for me, 11 due to sequester plus 11+ due to shutdown. Considering leaving government work . . .

Oregon — I work for a community action agency providing services to those in poverty. We rely heavily on federal funding — closed off since the shutdown. We're using savings to pay employees and provide services. If the shutdown isn't over by the end of the month, me and 23 coworkers will be laid off.

Maryland — Being a furloughed single mom who lives paycheck to paycheck is a struggle. I've gone thru what little I had in savings to be sure current utility bills and insurance got paid. Not sure how I'm going to pay rent if this doesn't end soon. It's very stressing.

Idaho — I am a furloughed forester. We also had to shut down several loggers which are now without work. The millowners are hurting too. No firewood permits for the public. This is when people cut wood for winter. This affects the basic daily survival of many families.

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