I would like to bring to the attention of the Lakewood public a group of people who are often seriously overlooked. The middle class.
Yes although often one or two of the parents making what seems to be a high salary, after you factor in the basic expenses of an average family, you are not left with much if at all.
Really you ask? A family making $120 thousand or $140 thousand can struggle?
Yes. If you sit down and calculate the numbers after taxes (which is 40% after $100K) and calculate: Rent (average is $2000 now,) Grocery bills which have risen astronomically 30-40%, gas, health and auto insurance, tuition for possibly multiple kids, Yom tov, all that is paid in full with no government assistance, the math adds up very quickly (or doesn’t add). I’m not talking about spending who knows what on my kids clothing. The majority of their wardrobe is from Target. Their shoes are from Old Navy.
What prompted this letter you may ask? Well I was just informed that my daycare tuition will be going from $900 to $1350. That’s $450 more. A 50% increase. Please explain to me how a middle income family should swallow that. So if you have two kids you should somehow come up with $2700 and be left with what exactly to cover the rest of your expenses?
Middle income families are not eligible for government programs such as CHS. This means we are paying everything privately. A family with 2 playgroup age kids and one school aged kid needs to pay about $600 per playgroup (as prices rose dramatically ) plus tuition so this can come out to $1800 a month. The issue is that many families who in order to keep their full time jobs need a daycare option that is open all year round which has always been much more expensive. But now it’s not affordable.
We are tired of getting overlooked from everyone and being looked at like we have so much money. Something needs to be done. Either the local Lakewood employers need to figure out a way to raise their employees salaries to a living wage or prices need to decrease drastically.
We need to be able to live a living wage and when Lakewood business owners drive up prices again and again this makes this town unaffordable. Maybe all middle class people should go on a strike. Not go to work and see how this town functions. If you really need us then show us with your $$!!
The suffering middle class
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