Let's see now ....
The Income Tax in Illinois is going from 3% to 5%. That's a 66.66% increase in State Income Tax.
The premiums went up on group life and health insurance at the office. The Co-Pays are up by 33.33%, and there is a substantial deductible that didn't exist before. The Co-Pays for drugs have, essentially, doubled.
The price of gas is now over $3.00 - and according to 'experts', headed for $5.00 plus by the end of the year. I drive 86 miles a day going to work and back, at about 25 miles per gallon.
Last April, there was a 10% pay cut across the board - that after a January in which there were no pay raises.
And there are student loans. There are car repairs. There's this, that and the other thing - you know what I mean. You're paying the same bills we are.
It's supposed to get easier as you go along. Lately? Not so much.