Local federal employee says it's stressful not knowing when they will return to work

As of Sunday, the partial government shutdown has lasted 30 days, the longest in U.S. history. (MGN Online/Martin Falbisoner / CC BY-SA 3.0/

As the partial government shutdown hit the one-month mark, a federal courthouse employee in Charleston said he and many of the state's 18,000 federal employees feel like pawns.

They want to get back to work and get paid.

"You budget your life according to your paycheck," Matthew Hinds of Charleston said. "When you don't get that, the expenses don't go away, but the income does."

A property manager for the federal courthouses in Charleston and Beckley, Hinds was furloughed Jan. 7 and said he has been depending on his savings to pay his mortgage and feed his family.

Hinds has gone without one paycheck and said it's stressful not knowing when he can return to work.

"While it's somewhat of a paid vacation, it's a shame you can't enjoy it. You're more just anxious about getting back to work," he said.

Federal employees will get backpay once the government reopens. Hinds said he is making it through despite there being programs to help furloughed workers.

"It just doesn't feel right, and I feel like there are other people who need it more than me," Hinds said.

As the days tick by, Hinds said he is losing hope in politicians with every shutdown update.

"I don't have too much faith that it will be done quickly, but we'll see," Hinds said.

Hinds said many people don't realize the impact the partial government shutdown is having on the local economy. He said since the shutdown began he hasn't been going out to eat so he can save money.

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