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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  • by sanjo27 Location: jackson on Jun 20, 2009 at 10:17 PM
    To Shelley the prblem is theirs no jobs even if your paid min your still probably going to be on welfarefor those days of making a living are over for Michigan they just need to sell us to Canada or some were else and maybe we can do better then what were doing now, dont blame the taxpayers for we cant do no more, where all losing are jobs and we all paid taxes so dont you dare critize us for when we need a little help for we paid years can you say that.I've worked over 20 years and cant even get a dime but i bet i'm paying for your family somewhere in Michigan.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 20, 2009 at 10:44 AM
    Is there anyone who is willing to take responsiblity for the michigan state budget fiasco.
  • by shelley Location: lansing on Jun 19, 2009 at 01:13 PM
    Why doesn't granholm and the legislature lose pay also? They can have 6 days pay taken from their checks. By the way Michigan has the 3 highest loss of personal income tax in the nation yet we have the second highest wages for our legislature. It doesn't make sense. Lets put into perspective we are loosing people and income by the thousands but the legislature sure won't give a penny of their income to help. Why is it just state workers giving. Why doesn't the people receiving welfare go without 6 days of pay? The state workers work for their pay, welfare recepients get theirs for nothing.And there are more welfare checks going out than state pay checks. Seems like we should start looking at reducing the amount of people on welfare and stop being known for being a welfare state. We cannot afford it anymore.
  • by member Location: jackson, mi on Jun 18, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    If I email you about a business I thing might be in trouble will you expose me as to who wrote you the email
  • by George Lembke Location: Jackson, Michigan on Jun 18, 2009 at 03:48 PM
    Furloughs represent window dressing. There needs to be a reduction of force of 10 percent or more and elimination of the nonsense of providing lifetime health care benefits for legislators and their families.
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