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Old 04-26-2020, 11:12 AM
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So please don’t bash me because we both still have jobs and I know that’s more than can be said for many people. I’m not looking for sympathy, but rather just need to get it out somewhere.

DH’s hours got cut and he’ll be bringing home around $400 less a month. We’re hanging on tight to our stimulus check and tax return money in case they’re cut again.

He’s a first responder and has been with our city for over 15 years, so we both felt pretty solid that he was safe. All city employees got their hours cut from the top (city manager) all the way to the bottom.

I can, and do, take solace in the fact knowing these across the board cuts are preventing layoffs.


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Old 04-26-2020, 11:14 AM
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I dont understand your post. Why would anyone bash you?
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Old 04-26-2020, 11:17 AM
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I dont understand your post. Why would anyone bash you?
Bashing me for complaining about losing $400 a month while some people are completely without income.
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Old 04-26-2020, 11:18 AM
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Ah, I see, thanks. Good luck to you.
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Old 04-26-2020, 11:18 AM
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That's sad. I think there will be lots of cuts because tax revenue will be down. I hope they don't cut more.


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Tough times...
Old 04-26-2020, 11:33 AM
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No bashing here...This is a stressful and uncertain time for most folks. It is also very hard when you are living on particular salary and suddenly the sands shift because there is a cut. I am glad you have a stimulus check and a refund from taxes.

Good for you for looking at the bigger picture that the cuts saved others from layoffs. I don't know what state you are in, but I hope it is able to safely move to re-opening soon. NJ, my state, is still several weeks away according to the news I just heard.
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Old 04-26-2020, 11:43 AM
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I'm sorry, I totally get it. We lost half our income (hopefully it will rebound). I'm so glad I moved jobs last fall, or I would be looking at a furlough for some of my remaining work hours (as my former colleagues are). Hopefully the $400 less won't have a huge impact on you, but I know for some that's the difference between keeping up with bills and not. I'm glad it's preventing layoffs.
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Old 04-26-2020, 12:02 PM
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We haven't lost any income yet, but it will happen soon.
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Old 04-26-2020, 12:49 PM
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Oh checkerjane could you please explain this too my mother? She makes a very snide remark when I talk about how drastically my hours and pay has been cut. Just because we aren't living paycheck to paycheck she thinks it's not so bad for me. Yes, I have it was better than some, but it is still a huge hit to my wallet!

I get it 100%!!!
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Old 04-26-2020, 01:15 PM
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I get it too. Also, some prices have gone up! The prices at the grocery store has gone up. The price of gas is down but we are not traveling anywhere!


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Old 04-26-2020, 01:15 PM
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No bashing here. Especially since I also recall that you wont be at your current position in the fall and are currently looking for another one.
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Old 04-26-2020, 01:25 PM
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The whole situation is stressful and not only are you dealing with covid and a money loss but you are also dealing with the anxiety and worry of your husband being a first responder.

Please know Im praying for you guys and I appreciate what your husband and family are doing to keep us safe.
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Old 04-26-2020, 01:56 PM
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Gosh CheckerJane. I'm sorry to hear this. I know there's usually someone who is going through something worse but $400 a month is tough. You've got a good perspective (it's to prevent layoffs which is good and it could be worse) but it's not an easy adjustment to make.
Sending good thoughts your way.
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Old 04-26-2020, 05:47 PM
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I know I’m hurting from losing my after school remediation money... about $300 a month. I feel ya! It’s not like your mortgage went down $400- you still have the same monthly bills.
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Old 04-26-2020, 07:43 PM
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Thank you all so much for the words of encouragement and support. I appreciate them more than youll ever know.

Im in Oklahoma, where cases have remained relatively low. Theyre going through phases to open things back up. DH and I think our area will rebound fairly quickly because were a hub in our area. However, the oil and gas industry also provides revenue and commerce for us, and thats in dire straights right now.

I see it being quite a while before the city manager feels comfortable giving people their hours back, which I get. He manages our town extremely well, and wed probably be in worse shape if not for him.
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Old 04-26-2020, 08:00 PM
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$400 per month is a lot of money and I would be stressed about that too. I really don't know that anyone is safe other than the ultra wealthy/people who are very high up in companies that can do all of their work from home. My friend who is a nurse just got furloughed from her job- she's at a pediatric office and people simply aren't bringing their kids in/the services aren't as needed with everyone being isolated. You'd think nurses would be safe in a pandemic!

I am so grateful to still have a job and a regular salary for right now but I'm extremely worried about next year and even years after that. I am afraid that opening things up won't make that much of a difference- people will still be afraid to go (I hear/see A LOT of people thinking it's reasonable to isolate for years while waiting for a vaccine) and/or they won't have the money to spend on going out and doing things.
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