And they get paid anyway?

A front-page article of the Oct. 17 Augusta Chronicle read, “Workers furloughed without pay when the shutdown began Oct. 1 will receive back pay.” Is this statement correct? Have we just uncovered another reason to not have another government shutdown?

When public school teachers are furloughed, they lose their pay for those days. When business employees are furloughed, they lose their pay for those days.

Are we really paying government employees, who were off the job for two weeks, the pay that they would have earned? If so, I guess it can be chalked up as another reason that surveys of government pay and benefits consistently show that government employees receive more than private-sector employees.

This is ludicrous!

Norm Diebold

Augusta

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