Fort Polk civilians on furlough, tighten financial belts - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Fort Polk civilians on furlough, tighten financial belts

FORT POLK, LA (KPLC) -

Day four of the government shutdown and still no decision from Congress.

Meanwhile in Leesville, Fort Polk civilians on furlough are tightening their financial belts to stay afloat.

Normally Jeff England would be at work in his office on a Friday. But because of the government shutdown, he's on furlough.

"We all came in on the first furlough day to file paperwork and we got our letters that day and we all had to sign our letters and then we were sent home," said England.

England is a civilian employee at Fort Polk. His wife also works there but she's an accepted employee and not furloughed.

"Lucky for us she's still going to work every day but I've been furloughed so I've been basically laid off. So our two income household has effectively been cut in half," explained England.

And he's not alone. Kim Reischling, Command Information Officer at Fort Polk, breaks down the number of furloughs.

"About 2,400, it's about 80% of our civilian workforce," said Reischling.

And impacts are felt in other ways at the base. Some services remain limited and the commissary closed.

To help, Reischling is circulating information and has posted several links on their website.

Also, "those civilian employees laid off are eligible for unemployment compensation," said Reischling.

But England says that's not a helpful option for him, "that's going to be like 1/10 of what my paycheck is and if I do get anything, more than likely they're going to make me pay it back when I get back to work anyway."

And this isn't the only furlough in recent memory.

"We just came off of an administrative furlough. In fact, I think the last paycheck last week was the first full paycheck many civilian employees have received for a number of weeks. So for this to happen so soon after that, it is a blow," said Reischling.

While England remains optimistic, the bills keep coming.

"We are living on our saved income for now, but that's not going to last very long," said England.

Copyright 2013 KPLC. All rights reserved.

For information on Furlough Assistance Resources:

http://www.jrtc-polk.army.mil/

http://www.feea.org/

 

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 7:12 AM EST2017-11-22 12:12:00 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The following is a list of road closures for Southwest Louisiana.

    More >>

    The following is a list of road closures for Southwest Louisiana.

    More >>
  • Shop small this 'Small Business Saturday'

    Shop small this 'Small Business Saturday'

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 5:34 AM EST2017-11-22 10:34:50 GMT
    (Source: www.americanexpress.com)(Source: www.americanexpress.com)

    This Saturday, small businesses across the country will be opening their doors with deals for customers. It's part of Small Business Saturday – an annual shopping tradition dedicated to supporting small businesses and celebrating communities across the country. Started by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. In the Bayou State, there are a total of 436,867 small businesses with a total of 910,366 employ...

    More >>

    This Saturday, small businesses across the country will be opening their doors with deals for customers. It's part of Small Business Saturday – an annual shopping tradition dedicated to supporting small businesses and celebrating communities across the country. Started by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. In the Bayou State, there are a total of 436,867 small businesses with a total of 910,366 employ...

    More >>
  • DOTD and Sasol install traffic signal system to mitigate traffic woes

    DOTD and Sasol install traffic signal system to mitigate traffic woes

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 11:48 PM EST2017-11-22 04:48:21 GMT
    Source: Christian PiekosSource: Christian Piekos

    To attempt to quell commuter headaches in Westlake, D.O.T.D. and Sasol teamed up to implement a traffic signal system. This system is the first of its kind in Louisiana, it's called an "adaptive traffic signal system." "The system adjusts the traffic signal timings based on actual traffic demand and helps reduce the amount of congestion," said Dr. Shawn Wilson, DOTD secretary. "It enhances safety, reduces delays and shortens travel times for drivers..." ...

    More >>

    To attempt to quell commuter headaches in Westlake, D.O.T.D. and Sasol teamed up to implement a traffic signal system. This system is the first of its kind in Louisiana, it's called an "adaptive traffic signal system." "The system adjusts the traffic signal timings based on actual traffic demand and helps reduce the amount of congestion," said Dr. Shawn Wilson, DOTD secretary. "It enhances safety, reduces delays and shortens travel times for drivers..." ...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly