A new study by the Public Citizens for Children & Youth has found that a family in Delaware County making $75,000 is having trouble making ends meet, writes Kathleen Carey for the Delaware County News Network.
Last year, the PCCY issued a report that assessed the ability of working families in Delco to pay for childcare, housing, food, healthcare, taxes, utilities, and transportation.
The report – entitled “Underwater: What’s Sinking Families in Delaware County” – was discussed last week by a panel that included PCCY Executive Director Donna Cooper and David Loeb, one of the research authors.
“We were pretty shocked to find that four in 10 families with children in Delaware County were basically under water,” said Cooper.
According to the report’s findings, a family of four in Delaware County making $75,000 comes up short $2,100 each year to pay for the basic expenses, while those making $50,000 were short $3,150.
Among the recommendations to alleviate this is a minimum wage of $15, preserving the Affordable Care Act, and expanding the tax forgiveness program to include incomes of at least $75,000.
Read more about the study’s findings from the Delaware County News Network by clicking here.