Daily Dose: Take 2 Weeks Off… With Out Pay

Most federal employees would agree that it’s already pretty cold when it comes to payroll with the pay freeze but federal govies might need to prepare for another winter storm: 2 week furloughs.

Just posted today by Ed O’Keefe of the Washington Post a plan to enforce a 2 week unpaid vacation for feds has been proposed in the house.

GOP Lawmaker Wants Feds to Take 2-Week Furloughs

Sadly as Ed points out this is already common place for state and local employees.

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), who unveiled the plan Thursday, said furloughs are becoming commonplace at the local and state level.

“I want to make the U.S. government as cost conscious as the states,” he said in a statement. “At least 24 states have enacted similar budget-cutting measures, while the federal government continues to grow and rack up debt.”

The furloughs would start in 2012, Coffman said. His ideas don’t go as far as a bill by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Tex.) that would cut 10 percent of the federal workforce over the next decade.

What do you think could you sustain a 2 week unpaid stretch?

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