Lawmakers, can you live on $20,000 a year?

Editor,

Legislators, I see you got another raise. That’s two years in a row. Why two years in a row? Someone got smart and found out that it costs more to live.

Now you have passed a property tax that I have to pay. I gave 31 years of my life to teaching and coaching. I was promised a pension with a 2 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) at age 70. Then the legislators were short of money. So, they wiped out our COLA permanently. My wife and I set ourselves up to live on the retirement that we have. But the cost of things keep going up. Where do I get my money?

All I ask is to be treated like you guys; I need money to pay my bills. With taxes going up, the cost of medical coverage increasing, along with food and ferry fares, I’m getting pretty stretched. Where is the help we deserve?

We teachers that retired before the state salary schedule change in 1992 are hurting. We only got $20,000. Can you live on that?

ALBERT HAGGLUND

Clinton

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