by Ann Baldelli, 11/16/2014
Connecticut is an expensive state to live in.
In fact, the cost of basic household expenses here is more than most jobs can support, according to a report released today by the Connecticut United Ways that provides a detailed snapshot of financial hardship above and beyond the outdated and woefully inadequate federal poverty guidelines.
Thirty-five percent of Connecticut’s working households grapple to afford the basics of housing, child care, food, health care and transportation, according to the ALICE report – an abbreviation for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed – which was developed by the state’s 16 United Way chapters in collaboration with Rutgers University. It is intended to be used as a tool for policymakers and stakeholders to better understand and address the financial hardships faced by the working poor.
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