Shutdown matches record amid anger on payless payday
a statement “asking financial institutions to consider ‘prudent’ workouts for existing loans and extending new credit to help borrowers unable to gain credit through shuttered federal financial agencies.
”These efforts on the part of financial institutions will not be subject to examiner criticism,” the department said.
Perez urged consumers to work with their financial institutions while the shutdown affects loan approvals and credit reports.
”Don’t wait,” Perez said. “I am encouraging all institutions to do their best to assist their customers during this trying time.”
In Bloomfield, at the Thomas Hooker Brewery, Michael Haseltine said he and his wife were set to open the state’s latest craft beer brewery in Bristol, probably in April.
All that was left to do was obtain the required federal license, label approval and other paperwork from the little-known Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. But that’s not happening anytime soon.
“It’s keeping us from opening the doors,” said Haseltine, owner of Better Half Brewing. “There is no one to even talk to.”
The brewers, meeting with Blumenthal, all said their new product lines are in limbo. Breweries constantly change their products and the federal agency makes sure labels are accurate and standards are met.
Blumenthal said Democrats in the House have passed individual bills to open the branches of the government without funding for the border wall that Trump demands.
“The bills are on the floor, let us vote on them and put the president to the test,” Blumenthal said.
The president is considering declaring a national emergency and using existing funding reserved for disaster relief or the military to build the wall. Democrats and others have vowed to challenge that declaration in court, saying there is no crisis that warrants an emergency declaration.
At Tweed airport, 30 employees are among the workers who have gone without paychecks for three weeks.
“He can’t continue to use these employees as hostages,” said Murphy, who was joined by New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, outgoing Tweed executive director Timothy Larson and airway transportation specialist Dennis Amato.
“We are grateful that we have security personnel who are continuing to work without pay,” Murphy said, but he added, “They need to get paid. They need to find jobs, even temporary ones, to put food on the table.”
He referred to Miami International Airport’s plans to close one of its terminals this weekend due to staffing shortages. A Miami airport spokesman told the Miami Herald that one of the terminals will be closed as of 1 p.m. Saturday.
Amato, a 30-year industry employee, said working for no money is a bit easier for a veteran like himself.
“I’m worried about the younger guys,” he said. “The people who have families, have bills to be paid. They’re going to have to be taking out loans.”
At the Danbury prison, Curnan, the corrections officer, said inmates earning up to $1 an hour are still being paid.
“They are making more than we are,” he noted.
As for himself, he said, “My wife works but our pay is cut in half. ... We budget for two incomes and now we have to pick and choose what bills to pay.”
He added, “The government sent out letters explaining the shutdown, but creditors don’t want to hear that. We have people with new babies in the house. They are holding our paychecks hostage.”
This story includes reports from Hearst Connecticut Media staff writer Bill Cummings, CT News Junkie, The CT Mirror and Associated Press.