I have been semi-retired now for two years and I am fortunate that my part-time work as an accounting consultant can be done remotely. However, my 401k savings have taken a large drop and I am concerned about if they will recover and in what timeframe. Our son is out-of-state in the midst of a career change and was not employed when Covid-19 started and now there are 26 million people unemployed nationwide. I am anxious to see lots of green jobs being created.
Until recently I thought the biggest threat to humanity is the lack of action regarding climate change and the market thirst for profit that creates resistance to environmental reforms. Our government is complicit and no one’s willing to lose a little market share to maintain our future existence on this planet. This needs to change and I insist that my politicians feel the same. This is a longterm problem. However, now in light of the Covid crisis shutdown turned police state lockdown, a more immediate threat has re-emerged: the most dangerous and immediate problem facing the American people is the armed police state that we are expected to live in and tolerate. I know it’s an incredibly difficult subject to evaluate/solve, but why are people armed with nothing but signs and voices being confronted by shields, helmets, tear gas, batons, and firearms? Most of these protesters don’t remember Selma. Most of these protesters don’t remember MLK’s march on Washington. But, most of these protesters have seen Star Wars and they know exactly what the storm troopers represent. Most of these protestors would not turn violent if the cops didn’t show up in riot gear and try to surround and contain the group. Did you ever take a physics class? Do you know how dangerous a fuel source becomes when it gets compressed and agitated?
On March 16 of this year, I went to work, I'm a chef in Big Bear California. We were slow all weekend and the looming pandemic was weighing heavy on my place of business. Throughout the day, the owners of the bar/restaurant I work at were checking in with me on foot traffic and the such. Sadly, my reports back were bleak, we hadn't served a customer. At 5pm, they called me and asked me to close the bar and pack everything in the coolers, with the hope that we would possibly open for the weekend. By the next day, we were optimistic but the owners were super honest with us and encouraging. They hoped to open back up for the weekend but let all of us know that if we wanted to apply for unemployment or if we were fearful of working with the public with the pandemic brewing, they understood and wanted only our safety and what was best for us. I pondered my options, as I live and help out with my parents, who are both 70 plus. I waited out the 17th and the 18th and the evening of the 18th I made the decision to apply for unemployment and see where things were headed. The next evening our Governor Newsom called to shut down California. I commend Mr. Newsom for that decision. I can't even imagine how many lives he saved by making that tough choice. I'm saddened by the choices Trump has made and Americans are feeling the pain. I am starting a company that makes masks, shirts, and hats to defeat Trump and repeat his words on them. All proceeds will go to Biden's campaign.
I'm currently unemployed and suffering from health problems and am without medical insurance. I am 59 years old and eager to contribute to the reconstruction of the California economy post covid-19. As part of the Hispanic community I can say that we are and always have been ready to work for and with the underprivileged. Thank you, so much
I work in a hospital, but that hospital is struggling financially. We're not on the coasts — here in Tulsa, OK — the shut down or "shelter in place" orders prevented the kind of disaster the coasts saw, and having less people helps, but pre-pandemic, I already worked 2 jobs to help make ends meet. My hours at the 2nd job have been curtailed, and because all elective surgeries were canceled by order of governor, hospitals are NOW laying off people.
Also, my retirement check from the state of OK is due to start this fall, but with the shut down, I can't submit the paperwork I need to in order to have that go through when it is supposed to.
In your plan for CA, don't forget they real people who work 2 and 3 jobs and still live paycheck to paycheck. Don't forget the folks in rural areas who were already struggling.
I am an "essential employee" so I am still working. And it's been insanely busy! But everything from food onward is either completely unavailable or costing much more. So I'm working harder but coping less well, economically. (It is HIGHLY ironic that those of us working so hard to support others' survival, are being left behind those same others when it comes to economic help!)
I am the retired mother/rancher of 8 children. Four of my children work in various jobs in the medical field. They are struggling in their jobs trying to help others live. My youngest son has taken over ranching from me and his deceased father. The cattle market took a turn for the worse (BAD) in March, he took a bad hit on the sale of his calves. He may end up having to sell out and still owe a steep, unpaid balance. My youngest daughter is a small business owner with five children. Of whom she supports herself! Because her business is hands-on eye and brow design she had to shut down and has zero income. Struggling to feed her children, pay rent and keep her family together. Another daughter works for the school district. Not working because the school has shut down. My oldest daughter works for the Sinte Gleska university which also shut down.
The one thing my adult children have is big hearts, strong survival skills and belief in gods grace. Wish us luck!!
I work in the residential solar industry. Our small Pasadena company was setting records and had just opened a second office in Orange county. We generate our leads through door knocking and we meet with homeowners in their residence. Everything we do is old school face to face sales. Covid-19 put roughly 50 of us out of work.
My 17 year old daughter worked at a restaurant that closed down due to Covid-19 and now does not have the money to pay her car payment, phone bill, or car insurance which she pays for herself. She’s too young to receive unemployment and she is also not eligible for the stimulus payment due to her age. I am disabled and only have around $900.00 per month to live on so there’s no way for me to help her out. I do not believe that I will receive anything from the stimulus money either so I will not have that to help her out with either. It’s horrible because she is a senior in high school who may end up losing her car and phone on top of missing out on a lot of her senior year including her graduation ceremony.
While Both my wife and I work in call centers considered essential businesses We are still struggling financially. I work for a leading roadside assistance company and my wife works for a vendor of a major bank. We both having underlying health issues and she has more of an immune issue as well.
My company was able to put us all working from home but her company has been slow and struggling to get employees set up to work from home. She is still not working from home. We decided because of her health issues she was to stay at home. We are worried that because she’s not been working she will lose her health care medical benefits through her employer and even though her employer has repeatedly told her she will not lose her job she still worries about losing her job.
We have been a month without her income. I have been able to keep working from home but now my hours are being lowered because business is slow. We are worried about paying bills and not sure if we could qualify for food stamps. Because I am still working but have reduced hours I don’t think I could qualify for partial unemployment. We need a president who can lead and not pass the buck and the hard work to the states and then want to take all the glory for things he has not done. Don’t get me started on Trump. We need governors to step up in the lack of federal competency.
Our first responders need the personal protection equipment to do their jobs. We need testing not Trump's lies.
It has not affected me directly since I am retired except that my meager savings, even though conservatively invested, lost quite a bit. However, my sons and their wives are having to work from home, but they are so lucky that they are able to do that. My grandchildren are now doing their lessons online. Even though I am in awe of the creativity, ingenuity, dedication, persistence and love our educators have for their students, I am aware that the children and their teachers are missing out on so much that can only be learned in a group setting, plus the fun of being a child. I am deeply troubled for our high school seniors and our college seniors who are being cheated out of so much, and are starting out their adult lives under such a cloud.
As a single senior, I miss being able to socialize with my friends. However, I stay busy trying to write local history. I am unable to do all the wonderful things you are doing, Tom, but I do advocate for a green economy, the saving of our post office which is so important to so many especially rural Americans, and my work has enabled me to have a street, a marker and hopefully a statue named in honor of a pioneer African American. If we want others to live in dignity and respect, we must do all we can to acknowledge their worth.
I work in a nonessential business and have been home since mid March. My daughter is a senior in high school and has missed all the wonderful events as a graduating senior and beginning events for college. My husband has had part of his employees laid off and bonuses will be impossible to make this year. He works for coca-cola. School is now at home and for the remainder of the year. We have been staying home except my husband who has to go out for work, so he is designated to do our errands and grocery shopping. We were just informed today that my in-laws, who are in a nursing home, now are quarantined in their rooms because one of the employees has tested positive for Covid-19. We are not able to visit them, the same as so many other families. And so far we have been among the lucky because we have not been infected. My husband and I are 60, and I never thought being a US citizen I would see our country so fat behind the eight ball. President Trump has failed our country.
I am retired. Fortunately I have a pension in addition to Social Security, but I also have some investments. The investments have tanked. I wish I had taken some money out to pay off a pretty significant HELOC loan. If there is going to be a recession I should be OK if I have no big unexpected expenses. Also I am selling a house I rehabbed. I am hoping the sale goes through because the housing market is unsure in my small community. Also I have 3 grandchildren who need help with school expenses. My granddaughter is on the autism spectrum and having health insurance with mental health overage when she is an adult is something I worry about for her. I normally work in the summer at farmers market but because I am 73 I may not be able to even leave home to do that this year. Also I live in the country by myself and because of the isolation of covid 19 people might not know if I should get sick or have an accident that I need help.
I work part time as a pharmacy technician in a local grocery store. Due to my age and underlying health issues, I am on leave without pay. My employer will allow me to keep my position, which I am grateful for, however, I cannot collect unemployment insurance benefits. I am under financial duress without my paycheck. I have received the $1,200.00 payment from the government which helped me make it through the month of April, 2020. I live in western New York State and we are still experiencing a rise in Covid 19 cases. I am reluctant/scared actually to return to work due to the high volume of public interaction at the grocery store where I am employed. I know that there are proposals in Congress to help small business, people collecting unemployment benefits, etc. but folks in my position are seemingly left out of consideration. A boost to monthly social security incomes would greatly benefit us who collect and who also need supplemental income to survive this economy. I applied for SNAP benefits and was granted $60.00 per month. I am among the working poor. I lost a third of my 401k, which took 40 years to build. I am 64 years old and I don't have years of full time employment income to rebuild that account. I appreciate that you have asked how COVID-19 has affected my life.
I am a practicing gastroenterologist, and have had to essentially end elective procedures, 95% of my income or more usually. I am only doing emergency procedures, and seeing a few patients who elect to do telemedicine. My wife, a maternal fetal medicine specialist, is able to do telemedicine, but as we are both over 60, we feel we are at increased risk if going out to the hospital, and we are trying to minimize this contact. My staff will suffer more, though we are keeping them employed.
We own — for 25 years — an independent restaurant/tavern that employs 25-28. We laid off 18 at the start of the shutdown (including myself) and held onto 2 full-time and 5 part-time employees to try and sell carry-out food. We immediately borrowed money from our credit line, and blew through that in a couple of weeks.
We've had to invent a new business model, and it is not paying the bills. We are a family operation and are very saddened by the loss of our employees.
We have applied for the EIDL and the PPP, and did so immediately. The EIDL never happened.
I finally heard that the PPP was approved, but my understanding is that it will be for 1000 per employee (23,000) instead of the 2.5 times monthly payroll we requested (about 75,000) to keep limping along.
My husband is on Social Security, so we have personal income. I'm still working everyday, without pay. I haven't seen the stimulus checks, either. Our bank account is getting so low we will have to close the doors if the loans/grants don't come through.
I live on Social Security and the increases in groceries and my med co-pays are making my budget tight. I worry that if we don't start programs for mom and pop businesses we will never recover. Don't people understand we won't need airlines if no one can afford to fly. Please start at the bottom and work up. We need food to feed the poor and we all need access to medical care.
I got the required Covid test to teach summer school in a classroom during the time frame the school district posted. Not working was not an option for my family. The site posted 2-4 days for results which was okayed by the district. I have been waiting 12 days for my results. The site is now posting a 10 day wait. I missed a week of teaching, thus a week of income, and now face losing my job due to no test results that were promised. It appears that once the results are posted, they will no longer be valid. I have tried to schedule a retest elsewhere, but have been told results will take 10-14 days.
My mom has owned her own catering business in Pittsburgh, PA for more than 40 years. She went from baking out of our home kitchen to catering events for 1000+ people. Now the Covid-19 crisis has caused her to close down her store and her employees have applied for unemployment. She applied for a small business loan but I don't know if she will receive it because the money has run out. She is 69 years old and was planning to sell the business this year but now she can't. It breaks my heart to think that all of her blood, sweat, and tears will end in her shuttering her business in this way.
Due to COVID, I've been placed in a holding pattern for physical therapy. The virus forced me to stay home after my surgery to recover. In April, I learned my brother has leukemia and I can't visit him. The doctor gave him a short time to live. I can't see him alive OR dead because I can't fly there, even if a funeral is allowed. In June I lost a cousin and couldn't go to his service. In July I lost another close cousin, but can't go to her funeral either.