State employees warn governor of possible shutdown repercussions
AUGUSTA (WGME) -- With a potential shutdown now less than 35 hours away, some state employees are warning the governor, saying if they don't get paid through a shutdown, the state could face serious financial repercussions.
Thursday, thousands of state employees received their paycheck, and those on the opposite pay cycle are expecting to get paid on July 5.
If the government shuts down there's been talk of those employees not getting paid for the hours they logged in June, which is why things are turning legal.
In a letter sent to Governor LePage, and the attorney general, lawyers representing thousands of state employees claim if they don't get paid next week, the state will face back pay and millions of dollars in damages.
In fact, the lawyers say the damages can be twice as much as the employees back pay, and the problem would be compounded the longer a shutdown goes on.
The letter points to two state laws that prohibit late payments of wages to state employees.
The Attorney General's office says they have no comment on the letter.