Six local government workers who have been furloughed due to the federal government shutdown talked about how it has impacted their personal lives at a rally outside the James V.Hansen Federal Building in downtown Ogden on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2019.
— Ben Dorger, Standard-Examiner
Daniel Lickey, tax examiner for the IRS
“I just want to go back to work to do my job, let us do our job. We don’t do this just for a paycheck. We love what we do.” Daniel Lickey, a tax examiner for the IRS, has bipolar disorder and is worried he won't be able to pay to fill his prescription. “I know when I run out, I won’t be able to get more, It really helps me out of my dark areas.”
Lori Wilcox, IRS customer service representative
“We live paycheck to paycheck, tons of anxiety. Just struggle and figure it out every day,” said Lori Wilcox, IRS customer service representative from Hooper.
Shelby Harris, IRS customer service representative
"You kind of have to prioritize. We eat a lot of ramen noodles and macaroni and cheese. You do what you have to do because we don’t know how long this is going to last," said Shelby Harris, IRS customer service representative from Roy. She was with her daughter, Anyssa Hernandez, 14. "I always pray. I’ve been doing it a lot more lately.”
Marae Persson, a purchaser for the Transportation Security Administration
Marae Persson of Layton, a purchaser for the Transportation Security Administration, is on furlough. So is her son, also a TSA worker, and a son-in-law, who works for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She's managing, Persson said, but others in her family "are having to rely on other family members for help." She lamented the seeming regularity of shutdowns when lawmakers can't reach accord on budget matters. "This isn't our fight. We want to get to work. This is getting to be a regular occurrence."
Krystle Kirkpatrick, furloughed IRS worker
“I think people are really going to start getting angry and upset when they can’t pay their bills,” Krystle Kirkpatrick (top right), a furloughed IRS worker who’s mulling a temporary job pending an end to the shutdown to make sure she’s able to pay next month’s mortgage. She attended the rally with her husband, Andy Thedell, and children Preston Thedell, 6, and Taylor Kirkpatrick, 14.
Shelly Carver, an IRS employee and treasurer of Chapter 67 of the National Treasury Employees Union
“The shutdown is hurting you, it is hurting me and it is hurting our communities. We need Congress and the (Trump) administration to take us out of the political game. ... We don’t want to be a bargaining chip for Congress or the administration,” said Shelly Carver, an IRS employee and treasurer of Chapter 67 of the National Treasury Employees Union.