“‘We take care of each other’: Military families already prepping for another government shutdown”
“More than 80 percent of middle-class military families expect another federal shutdown in January, according to a survey released Monday to NBC News, and some of those troops financially depleted from the previous shutdown are tapping food-sharing programs to help feed their children.”
“The group’s latest survey found that 81 percent of middle-class military families which includes senior, non-commissioned officers plus any troops whose pay grade gives them a household income of at least $50,000 are not confident Congress will avert a January shutdown. (The companys index includes 530 respondents aged 25 to 70 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percent).
Collectively, the military community is nervous about further wage disruptions, as occurred during the October shutdown, Spiker said. That anxiety is fueling a variety of frugal behaviors”: the sharing and stockpiling of food, the slashing of home spending, and cuts in both 2013 holiday travel and gift giving,” quoting Bill Briggs, NBC News contributor.
Yelm ‘s military families are breathing a sigh of relief that the Park Bond did not pass, which would have cost a homeowner an additional $10 per month for 25 years on a $200,000 assessed home. This added to annual water & sewer rate hikes would just add to our military families’ burdens, even though the city recently lowered the tax rate by 1%. The Yelm City Council can feel good and get newspaper headlines in lowering the tax rate by 1%, while they annually raise the water & sewer rates 8.25% & 5.4% respectively.