With the governor and legislative leaders poised for a bipartisan budget discussion on what the state can afford to spend, the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women has released a report illustrating the importance of the state’s social safety net on the ability of its families to thrive. The report examines eight different family configurations in 23 regions of the state to show what self-sufficiency looks like for the state’s diverse population. For example, a single adult with one preschool-aged child in lower Fairfield County would need to make $36.84 per hour to get by without assistance. That’s compared to the $21.14 per hour it would take to get by in the Quiet Corner. And while a single adult in Bridgeport could almost get by at minimum wage — it would take $10.27 to be fully self sufficient, that same adult would have to make $30.75 per hour while raising a preschooler and a school-aged child, with child care costs taking up 31% of the family budget.
Source: CT News Junkie, 10/26/15, Self Sufficiency in CT