Families struggle with federal furloughs
Posted at: 10/03/2013 5:25 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Many New Mexican families live paycheck to paycheck. Now, some have to deal with the fact that the next check isn’t coming because of the government shutdown. That’s the reality for thousands of New Mexican federal employees and their families.
Jessey Baca is one employee furloughed.
“They said, you're officially furloughed, with no end date. We don't know when you're coming back,” Baca said.
It’s an unexpected hit with uncertain consequences.
“It hurts. Everybody counts on your check, house payments, car payments,” Baca said. “Day to day living expenses- and that’s not happening.”
Baca, a Navy veteran who’s now served the Air National Guard for 32 years, still loves his country – and he’s happy and willing to go back to work.
“I worked hard for my position,” Baca said.
“I went to school, was clean and straight all these years -- we're not in that position out of luck.”
He just wants to see the government step up.
“Come on—let’s fix it,” Baca said. “It’s fixable. Why are you putting it on the backs of the civil service employees? We've already done our part.”
Until then—things are uncertain.
“You live on your savings and you live on how people have helped you,” Baca said. “You live on hope and a prayer. Hope and a prayer basically. Because eventually everything runs out, but hopefully it won't be that… I hope it doesn’t.”