Shutdown Takes Personal, Financial Toll on Minn. Workers

Posted at: 10/14/2013 10:13 PM
Updated at: 10/15/2013 7:44 PM
By: Jay Kolls

The shutdown is taking a personal and financial toll on thousands of federal employees in Minnesota who are not getting a paycheck.

While politicians bicker in Washington, D.C., the furloughed workers are trying to figure out how to stretch their budgets and make ends meet.

There is a glimmer of hope that Congress and President Obama might reach a deal before Friday and for those who are laid off it couldn't come soon enough.

Dusty Hawkins works as an electrician at the Minnesota Air Reserve, and he tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS "it has been hard on the family, with a lot of uncertainty."

Hawkins has missed some pay, but has been called back to work intermittently. Still, he says, "the whole thing is confusing and difficult to understand because you don't know from day-to-day whether you're working and then you are unsure about how much money is coming in and budgeting becomes hard."

Hawkins, like thousands of other Minnesotans affected by the government shutdown, would like Congress and the President to iron out their differences and put people back on the job.