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Teachers get first furlough checks

James Clancy James Clancy

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - When James Clancy saw his latest pay stub his eyes went straight to the bottom line as his fingers went to the calculator.

"One hundred twenty-five dollars," he said.

That's how much money furlough days cost Clancy. He expected more of a hit but $125 is $125.

"Any cut affects you financially," he said.

Clancy teaches physical education at Pearl City High School. He gets paid every two weeks. He's thankful for a job but money is now tighter. And he and his fiance are planning their wedding.

"You want to be able to save the money," he said. "Anybody knows wedding's aren't a cheap thing."

Clancy said now some of what they would have saved will pay for bills. And eating out will be more sporadic.

"Maybe not once a week. Maybe once a month now," he said.

At the state capitol, House Democrats agreed with Senate counterparts on Governor Lingle's plan to release $50 million dollars in Rainy Day Fund money to buy back twelve furlough days.

They want HSTA, the Board of Education and the Dept. of Education to poll teachers to see what they think before going into special session.

Clancy wonders what will happen if furlough days are erased.

"I don't want to see where we don't have furlough days and we get laid off, especially the teachers that have been teaching five, six years and they're at the bottom of the totem pole," he said.

Clancy used his latest furlough Friday to do household chores and to reconcile the fact that his wages aren't what they used to be.

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