Federal workers expected to receive back pay today

El Paso News

Federal workers furloughed during the partial government shutdown, are expected to get back pay on Thursday.

Talks over border security continue in Washington and another government shutdown could happen on Feb. 15 if no border security deal is reached. 

Here in the Borderland, federal workers say they felt the effects of that 35-day shutdown and are now finding ways to be more prepared for the next one.  

“But from the outside looking in and at the young age that I am it’s kind of just scary knowing that a person can just shut down the government like that,” said Joshua Messer, a government employees son. 

Joshua said the whole experience has made him want to be more prepared and start saving money. He said thankfully his dad worked a second job and was able to pay the bills, but knows families that were not prepared.

Experts say you should have at least three to six months worth of living expenses saved. In case of a government shut down, or even the loss of a job won’t ruin your financial situation. 

“You’ve got to make it a priority and set some money aside every time you get paid and start putting it into that rainy day fund because sooner or later its going to rain the hardest thing is just getting started, it has to be a budget item where your setting down that money regardless,” said Michael Flores a El Paso Finacial Advisor. 

Flores said he had multiple clients that were affected by the shutdown but they had rainy day funds, so they were able to pay their bills. 

The office of management and budget’s deputy director announced the plans for employees to receive back pay earlier this week. However, government contractors will not get back pay. According to the congressional budget office, the 35-day shutdown cost the U.S. economy about $3 billion. 

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