Federal Couple with Kids Go Without Paychecks Amid Shutdown, Forced to Walk Streets


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – It’s Day 21 of the partial government shutdown. 

However, one Arkansas couple, both federal employees, say they don’t know what they are going to do without a paycheck. 

“It’s kind of uncertain where our next paycheck is coming from,” says Jason Boone, an employee for the Department of Revenue.

Heather and Jason Boone, are just a few of the people who were out Friday in the cold damp weather.  

“Yeah, it’s frustrating,” says Heather Boone. “We are both revenue agents.” 

The couple walked up and down the streets of West Capitol Ave to protest their jobs being taken away.  

“We have some savings but that is only going to last so long and the mortgage doesn’t care we are shutdown they just want to get paid,” says Heather. 

This is the third government shutdown the Boones’ have been through since the start of 2018. 

Neither of them has received paychecks since the shutdown and have been forced to pull from savings accounts. 

“We have kids – two boys,” says H. Boone. “We shouldn’t have to worry about how we are going to feed our kids.” 

The Boones’ say the little savings they do have may hold them over for a short while, but in less than a month, they could be forced to choose between paying their mortgage or purchasing groceries. 

“I don’t want to go into debt because they can’t make a decision and get us back to work,” explains H. Boone. “That’s insane.” 

Friday tied the record with the longest government standoff which was set in 1995-1996. 

This was during the budget battle between former President Bill Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich. 

“I didn’t sign on for that. I am not a pawn,” says H. Boone.  

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