Help Austin’s federal workers this weekend

The good news is that the master of the deal finally caved, although we may only be three weeks away from another tantrum that shuts down the government. The bad news is that there are federal workers in Austin who have gone weeks without pay. Many of these workers don’t make much money to begin with.

Although they will most likely receive backpay, many of them will have suffered via late fees for missed rent payments, car payments, credit card bills etc. I wouldn’t be surprised if many resorted to high-interest payday loans to get by.

In an email to supporters, State Rep. Sheryl Cole says she is joining fellow elected officials to collect food for government workers. Here’s the info:

“Please drop canned goods and other non-perishable items at Texas AFL-CIO headquarters, 1106 Lavaca St., in downtown Austin. We will accept groceries 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, Thursday, Jan. 24 and Friday, Jan. 25; noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26; and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27.

“The food collected will go to the Central Texas Food Bank on Monday, Jan. 27. Because we are doing this for the Food Bank, we ask that donors follow the agency’s standards for what may be donated.

I actually received this email from Genevieve Van Cleve, a local Dem operative who for days had been trying to figure out ways to help furloughed workers and was discovering that it was not easy to do because of rules restricting gifts to federal employees.

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