Report: 38% of CT families lived ‘paycheck to paycheck’ even before COVID-19

By Amanda Cuda September 6, 2020

Latesha Burton works 40 hours a week as a client manager at an account management
company. The Danbury resident’s husband is an essential worker at a supermarket and,
depending on the week, works between 20 to 30 hours.

And yet, even as a dual-income family, Burton and her husband barely make enough to
support themselves and their two elementary school-aged children. Her husband went to
the emergency room last year, but didn’t have insurance, and the family is still paying the
medical bill. That put an additional strain on the family — as did COVID-19 regulations
that closed Burton’s office and her children’s school, meaning she’s often trying to work
while teaching them from home.

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