I’m feeling a lot stressed out tonight. I get all sorts of emails from my union and other political places and I try to be very conservative about what I pass on. Today one of the things I got from my union was a link state employees can go to plug in their gross income and then answer questions about union status and insurance. It will tell you how much you might lose from your check if this goes through.
Someone who is good at math do the math for me. Okay I’ve already done the math. I’m losing 11% of my income. In one check I’ll be losing nearly $200 in the other I’ll be losing about $65. This is on top of the 3% they are already taking for the furlough days.
On top of this possible loss of funds, I’m looking at a strong possibility of being laid off because I’m still on probation. The governor said today that layoff notice will go out tomorrow afternoon to 1500 workers who will have to be cut. You only get like 65% of your income on unemployment right?
Then I look at the pump and gas just keeps going up and up. It was $3.43 a gallon yesterday and they are calling for it to be nearly $5 a gallon before summer.
On the news tonight I heard that our city is looking at having to up either taxes or fees because of the cut to the recycling program proposed by Walker’s budget. This doesn’t address the nearly $300,000+ that the school district is losing (not sure on that number)
All I can see is money out of my pocket. I’m trying to meet my bills and stay on top of things but at this point I don’t know if I will be able to.
It doesn’t help that most of this is just a what if thing. Will I get laid off? Will I lose 11% of my income? Will fees and/or taxes go up in the city? Will gas prices go up? If gas prices go up will food prices go up? How many will end up unemployed?
I guess the question becomes will there be a second job available for me when I need it?