Federal agencies and even private contractors are looking at furloughs for employees as they find ways to make cuts ahead of sequestration.
Sequestration—automatic federal spending cuts expected to hit myriad industries from defense to education—may start March 1 if Congress doesn’t come to an agreement to avert the financial crisis.
For more on sequestration and the local economy, see:
Warner: Sequestration Worse Than You Imagine
McDonnell: Sequester Could Force Virginia Into Recession
If you were furloughed from work one day a week, what would you do with that day?
On the Clarendon Patch Facebook page, one fan named Alex said she would "Rest, read, update my blog, do laundry... All the things I don't normally have enough time for...BUT - I don't work for the Federal Government, so it's easy to fantasize about having to take some "days off." If I was actually faced with the sequestration I probably wouldn't be able to answer the question - I'd be too anxious worrying about the pay cut that goes along with it."
Some other ideas:
- Unpack those boxes that have been sitting in the basement.
- Read that good book that’s been sitting on your nightstand (or in your iPad or Kindle) for weeks.
- Take a nap.
- Run some errands so you can spend more of Saturday with your family and friends.
Share your furlough ideas and plans in the comments below.