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Mon Jan 21, 2019, 05:58 PM

GoFundMe for government workers impacted by the shutdown: What's your opinion?

https://www.gofundme.com/cause/shutdown

I think it's a good idea. My wife thinks that it benefits Trump indirectly in that he can keep the shutdown going, knowing that government workers impacted by the shutdown can get aid from non-profits.

What do you think?

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Response to Quemado (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 06:00 PM

1. I agree with your wife. They should qualify for unemployment, it will have to be paid back

but that might get them through some of it.

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Response to Autumn (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 06:30 PM

6. Unemployment may depend on state rules.

I think in Michigan, for example, if you're working (though with deferred pay), you're not available to interview or be hired by an employer. So, you're not eligible for unemployment.

The furloughed workers may be eligible, since they are not working.

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 06:37 PM

10. Yes the furloughed workers should. I hope Trump and Mitch rot for this.

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Response to Quemado (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 06:02 PM

2. I say we help the people. Can they all get unemployment?

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Response to apcalc (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 06:18 PM

5. California is bucking the system (and Trump)

but I've read that if they're working, even without pay, they can't get unemployment. California says they will provide unemployment benefits for those essential workers anyway. However, it can take 3 weeks to get your first check, and the maximum amount could be as little as 1/4 of your salary, which isn't going to pay for your rent, bills, and groceries.

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Response to Quemado (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 06:09 PM

3. Aren't there something like 800K people furloughed right now?

Even if the gofundme raised 10 million, thatís barely $10 for each.

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Response to Quemado (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 06:10 PM

4. It's my understanding that in most cases unemployment compensation does not

come close to the income that was earned by the employee.

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Response to Quemado (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 06:32 PM

7. Well, speaking as the husband of an employee working for free, anything would be nice

We're incredibly fortunate that I work full time also, but even when you're doing well having your income cut unexpectedly by 50% or so takes a lot of juggling.

(And I want to clarify "unexpectedly": we knew coming into Christmas that there was the possibility of a shutdown, so we had two gifts selections we were going to get each other depending on what happened. On the 19th the news was all saying Congress had passed the bills and Trump would sign them, so we went with the assumption that we would both be getting paid. Oops. Again: we are incredibly lucky and this isn't a sob story; I just mean to point out that unlike some previous shutdowns this one really came out of nowhere.)

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Response to Quemado (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 06:34 PM

8. It's 250 bucks a month in FL. Max.

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Response to Quemado (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 06:37 PM

9. Funds raised are for the non-profits which are providing goods and services...

for the federal workers, like the food kitchen set up by a chef, Jose Andres; and a service providing diapers for workers' young kids, and so on. The funds are not attempting to provide income to individual workers.

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Response to Quemado (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 07:10 PM

11. brings home to me how many of us know

 

ZERO about how poor people live...EVERY DAY...unemployment is half of regular salary. And you can't just GET FoodStamps...you need a social worker and mucho documentation...3 months of bank statements, 3 months of pay stubs....ALL assets cannot be over $2,000....that includes home and automobile, stocks, etc...they will even ask you how much $$ you have in your wallet/purse...in the in person interview...and here in WI a single adult gets 49cents a day...

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Response to Quemado (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 07:34 PM

12. I'm a retired Fed. I contributed to it.

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Response to Quemado (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 07:35 PM

13. [email protected] any consideration about rump, imo

 

help the people

it won't embarrass him, but it could embarrass "some" of his supporters and a [email protected] of congresscritters and senators

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