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So the House and Senate of the Georgia General Assembly are taking furloughs due to the budget deficit, and hence, the employees of the Office of Legislative Counsel are being required to also take a mandatory one-day-a-month furlough. They're having a meeting about it to answer questions and whatnot this afternoon at the capitol, but today happens to be my 4x10 day off. Debated whether to go in for the meeting, but I figure it's not worth the time and gas. I'll get the lowdown from my co-editors tomorrow.

All in all, it could be worse. A day a month is better than a day a week—which some state employees have had to do—and it's hella better than being laid off. But the line between black and red for our household budget is sliver-thin, and it's gonna be hard finding another notch in our already-cutting-off-circulation belt.

The thing is, this is another hard knock exacted by the state in a string of them. They're also increasing our parking fees from $15 to $40 per month, and as a result, I'm relinquishing my parking spot. I only used it occasionally, during the legislative session and for the occasional doctor's appointment or when I overslept and needed to drive in to avoid being late—not enough to merit $480 a year—but it was pretty important to have during session. Going to have to figure out how to manage now without a parking space. And they also decreased our health care options, so I'm going to have to switch from my current plan next year. Very annoying as it means I'll be losing the rheumatologist I adore who pulled me out of a months-long flare-up and has kept me stable for years.

I still love my day job. After spending 11 years as a highly paid but soul-battered cubicle monkey, money is low on my priority list for job satisfaction. And I still have incredible job satisfaction, enough to outweigh the annoying sensation of being reamed. But I really would prefer to forgo the reaming.
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On July 22nd, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC), xjenavivex commented:
I can empathize. I am sorry.
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On July 22nd, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie. It could be a lot worse. Our furlough isn't as severe as others have had to undergo, and at least I still have a job.
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On July 22nd, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC), amysisson commented:
Oh dear.

I don't want to be this way, but I feel like I'm waiting every second for some such blow to fall. I'm becoming a little paranoid. We sign yearly contracts, and our boss e-mailed us to tell us it's really important to get them back to HR on time. My thought was "OMG, are they going to let go anyone whose contract is a day late coming back? Is this their way of saving salary money without looking like the bad guy?"

Yeah, I think I'm paranoid. (But I'll be getting my contract back on time.)

Good luck on the parking issues. Yikes!
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On July 23rd, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Yikes. Yeah, definitely a good idea to be prompt about getting your contract in!

That sounds awfully similar to a situation at my old day job. For several years I telecommuted from out-of-state, and each year, I had to fill out and file a telecommuter agreement contract thingy. During my last couple years with them, there was word of them shutting down the telecommuter program, and my supervisor at the time was all, "Fill it out, hand it in, now. NOW. Hurry!" And I think doing so bought me another year.

'Course, in the end, they did recall all the telecommuters, which is when they and I parted ways (no way, no how was I moving from Atlanta back to Illinois!). I very much hope your situation won't be paralleling that!
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On July 24th, 2009 05:22 am (UTC), full_fathom5 replied:
The dreaded f-word
Yeah, it's not too bad. Meh.
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