Furlough Costs

By: Chris Sutter Email
By: Chris Sutter Email

It's rare to hear workers complain about a three day weekend, but make it an unpaid, three day weekend, and some state workers are fuming.

"Obviously, you're not happy," State worker, Mary Benson says.

Tom Bryant has known for a while that this would be a hit he'd have to take-- so he's planned accordingly.

"My wife and I examined this months ago, and we made plans to help to ease any pain," Bryant says.

And while folks are upset, they know furlough days are helping the state climb out of an enormous hole.

"To save money, we have to cut cost and save where we can," Kassie Kretzschmar of the Department of Management and Budget says.

They also know it could be worse.

But, what may be great for the state and its continued money woes could really hurt an area that's been pounded by the recession, the economy.

"If you're a business that's heavily dependent upon that type of traffic, it could mean tens of thousands of dollars in revenue," Economist, Charles Ballard says.

And considering some businesses workers frequent during their time at work are on the brink...

"Even a small loss in revenue can be devastating-- certainly very difficult," Ballard tells us.

As for Bryant, he still has five furlough days ahead of him this summer after Friday, and he plans to take every one of them in stride.

"It's a lot better than what a lot of other people have been through-- with 12.5- 13% unemployment," Bryant says.

He adds, everyday he is still walking into his downtown office building is a day he considers a blessing.


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