Nation: The Cost of Existence

The Cost of Existence In an era when Government pronouncements are often suspect, it is refreshing when the official word comes out straight, however depressing. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, after studying the tariff on existence in the New York City area, reported that it now costs $11,236 a year for a family of four to maintain a "moderate" standard of living there.

That is an increase of $1,259 in just two years, and it fails to take into account this month's 50% increase in the transit fare. Nearly three-quarters of the city's population live in families...

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