If shutdown continues, furloughs will hit SD Federal Courthouses
Last week, we first reported the effects a government shutdown would have on federal courthouses in South Dakota.
Employees were told they had funding to resume normal operations for 10 days.
Now that they've reached it, we wonder what's next.
South Dakota Federal Courthouse employees received a memo this week saying they have enough funds to get them through one more week before they have to sort through what is essential and what is not.
Every year, employees prepare themselves for a potential shutdown incase our nation's leaders don't reach a budget the first day of the new fiscal year. This year, the shut down has lasted far longer than any of them could have anticipated. Now that we've almost surpassed that 10 day 'safety zone', it's time to create a plan for the next 7 days hoping a shutdown ends before then.
"(Thursday), I met with my staff to talk with them about being a non pay status and working, and non-pay status on furlough, needles to say it's going to be hard to get work done when they're worried about making a rent payment," Sioux Falls Federal Clerk of Courts Joe Haas said.
The priority now is health and safety of the public, which is why they're doing everything they can go keep essential core functions of the court running properly.
If the shutdown continues, a plan will be put into action as soon as next Wednesday.
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