The infrastructure spending burden is especially pronounced among the country’s lowest-income households. The CE’s lowest quintile—the bottom 20 percent of all consumer units—reported an annual income of $11,832, but they typically spent $6,040 across gas, electricity, telephones, water and sewer, and transportation services. That’s over 60 percent of all income on essential living expenses. Add the $6,331 spent on housing by this quintile and built environment costs actually exceed all income. No money left for food, no money left for health care, no money left for anything. It’s a frightening proposition for over 24 million households. And while the second-lowest income quintile faces a better situation, infrastructure plus housing spending still commands 58 percent of their income.


12k A year is 20 hrs a week at minimum wage, you cant really live off that but you can subsist. Technically that puts you under federal poverty guidelines so you should qualify for food stamps, subsidized housing and utilities. Under section 8 housing costs should not be more than 30% (the program covers the rest) so I dont understand the methodology here. Are they not accounting for subsidies and reduced rates? Is it 110% because of the subsidies? I would expect to see a huge spike between the Second lowest and lowest because those those people fall into a doughnut hole of services where they dont qualify for any assistance but still aren't making much more than the bottom 20. This data is just weird I dont really know what it is trying to say.

posted by veen: 251 days ago