I am writing in response to the letter written by Mr. Matthew Hollins. I want to bring to light what a new teacher can afford on a their meager salary.
Mr. Hollins, if you researched the starting salary for new teachers of Kentucky, I am sure you are aware that they are paid $28,304 (Lexington Herald-Leader). Assume we have a family of one teacher and one self-employed construction worker (same salary), with a young child just starting out with a "gross" income of $56,608.
Now, 15 percent of that disappears straight back to the teacher's employer in taxes, and under the new plan around $390 will be deducted for family health coverage; not to mention the 20 percent of the bill they pay each visit. We have now left this family with about $44,138.80. Since this teacher is working to educate your child, their child must be sent to day care at a cost of $600 a month. Their net income is down to $36,938.80. Surely, you would disagree that "everything is being handed to them," if we allowed them each a car and insurance to get to work. They are now down to $30,938.80.