Furloughed government workers face uncertainy

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by ADAM MERTZ / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on October 2, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 2 at 5:52 PM

The government shutdown is about more than just politics for those federal employees sent home from their jobs.

Steve and Robin Martin are dealing with an uncertain financial future. Both received furlough notices Tuesday.

"I don't think we'll have too many issues making ends meet through October. If it goes on much longer than that I don't know what happens then," Steve Martin said.

Steve and his wife work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association office in Seattle. Both have worked for the government for over 20 years. They were also sent home during the government shutdown in 1995.

"We went through this before and I wasn't prepared then,” Martin said.  “I'm still not prepared."
 
Like many families, Martin and his wife are now wondering what they will do if the shutdown drags on through October.  Bonnie Hannon, an employee with the Department of Defense, is also in a similar situation. Hannon has enough money to get through the month.

"I'd say probably 6 to 8 weeks. I'll be really seriously hurt," Hannon said.

Hannon is cutting back on her spending. She is also looking for a part-time job.

Each family counting the days until they go back to work because they are counting on a paycheck.
 

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