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Military COLA Restored

lgoldhammer Wrote: Feb 14, 2014 7:48 AM
Thank you Carol! I retired from the Coast Guard in 2007. The cost of living has about doubled in those 7 years: gasoline is double, tolls have doubled in NJ, and mass transit costs have gone up significantly. My pay raise this year was $1.15. For some reason they are withholding less so I actually get $7.95 more. And thanks to the artificial raising of the housing prices with the real estate bubble leaving housing costs 2-4x what they would be if the bubble never occurred, I can't afford to buy a house in the country I served to protect and defend for over 20 years. In my state of NJ it's hard to even find a decent rental: most apartment buildings have been converted to condo's. And, Section 8 housing (free rent money for the poor) pays double what a property is worth driving the cost of all other rentals way above value and affordability. Tack on extremely high property taxes and everything is working against people. I will be moving out of state in the coming months as my pension doesn't go very far here. And, I'm a retired officer! I don't know how the retired enlisted folks are getting by.
Gail101 Wrote: Feb 14, 2014 8:32 AM
If you have not decided where, TENNESSEE is a great place, gun friendly, NO STATE INCOME TAX, much lower cost of living. Beretta just announced it is opening a plant in Gallatin, TN. Just stay out of Memphis or Nashville, crime capitol with the highest cost of property taxes for even a starter home, high car ins. Move 22 miles into the next county Tipton and all that drops nearly in half, and the people are the kind you grew up with as teens, good neighbors, no matter skin color.