The fiscal cliff didn’t wait until midnight to arrive for state worker Catherine Enfield.
“My paycheck has already appeared in my bank account this morning and I noticed it’s about 100 dollars less,” Enfield told FOX40.
Enfield, a CalPers employee, one of the estimated 160 million American workers expected to take it in the wallet because of the political quagmire.
“A hundred dollars might not seem like much. but when two-thirds of my paycheck goes to my mortgage,” said Enfield.
State workers only get one pay check a month, no way to spread the pain of smaller checks over a few weeks.
“By the end of month, I’m already scraping through my couch pillows looking for change to survive until the end of the month, so a hundred bucks is a hundred bucks,” said Enfield.
Enfield survived years of furloughs and knows how to stretch a buck.
“I’ve already reduced my type of cable, but I might have to axe cable all together, or change my phone plan you have to think about where can you cut things here and there,” she said.
While Enfield hasn’t made her own fiscal plan yet, she’s got one for the next election.
“As far as I’m concerned, my vote is going to be with those politicians that worked toward compromises, instead of standing firm and not budging and being so stubborn,” Enfield said.