Massachusetts

Federal workers to miss paychecks as shutdown continues

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - As the government shutdown continues into its 21st day, thousands of workers will not be getting a scheduled paycheck Friday. This is the country's longest shutdown.

Some 800,000 federal employees have been affected by the partial government shutdown, and nearly half of those workers have been furloughed. In Springfield, the Springfield Armory National Historic Site has been forced to close due to the government shutdown, local IRS workers have been furloughed, and the federal court is operating on limited funds. 

Eight hundred thousand federal paychecks are on hold because of the now three-week-long partial government shutdown. In Springfield, FBI and DEA employees are working, but not getting paid. Friday was their first payless-payday of the new year.

The 1441 Main Street building is home to both the FBI Springfield Field Office and the Springfield DEA's office. These federal workers had to come to work Friday knowing they were not going to receive their first paychecks of 2019.

The shutdown is a problem for federal employees who rely on their bi-weekly paychecks and points up the importance of having emergency money set aside.

"I don't think anyone was using it for a shutdown," said Paul Mancinone, CPA and tax attorney. "The rainy day fund. However, this is a great example of the importance of that and I feel bad for those federal workers who are struggling right now."

Mancinone's office is at 1441 Main Street, and he's seen discouraged federal workers in the building.

"You can see that they are staying true to their jobs and it makes you feel bad," Mancinone said. "Its just sad and I hope this shutdown ends soon."

Additionally, all of the employees at the FBI Springfield office on Main Street are working, but none are getting paid during the government shutdown, according to FBI spokeswoman Kristen Setera. She told 22News that their field offices must remain open to maintain national security and enforce federal law.

According to multiple published reports, President Trump is expected to approve retroactive pay for affected federal workers.


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