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Florida Ranked Worst in Nation Comparing Wages to Cost of Living

Florida (WTFF) – Florida is the least affordable state to live in, according to a new study by Joblist.com.

The study puts Florida dead last in the United States when comparing true wage rank and cost of living rank.

New York is the second least affordable place to live, coming in 6 points higher than the Sunshine State when comparing the national cost of living.

Even though the United States is one of the richest nations in the world, its citizens suffer some of the highest poverty rates among other developed nations as income inequality widens.

The richest 5% of U.S. citizens own two-thirds of the wealth, according to a 2017 study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Wealth inequality is a feature of Capitalism, or in some more Conservative frameworks of thought, Corporatism, defined by Sheila Kennedy as the “organization of society by major interest groups, specifically corporations.” These corporations are enabled by politicians who accept bribes in the form of campaign contributions. This system allows companies to abuse workers in order to make huge profits for the elite few by undermining the “Invisible Hand” that Adam Smith wrote about as a metaphor for the unseen forces that move the free market economy. Today the “free market” is not free at all, but is manipulated like a puppet and taxed into ruin.

Small businesses get crushed by giant corporations who can afford to invest in more efficient technology, like better equipment and automation. The capital/money these corporations produce and reinvest comes from the commodities and services they sell, and from the surplus labor value of the employees they hire. “Boss make a dollar, I make a dime.” Since everyone is born into a world where they must have money to survive, competition arises and employers can choose from a wide pool of potential employees. Also, many large corporations exploit overseas workers by paying them a fraction of what U.S. citizens make. Therefore, it’s a “buyer’s market” for giant businesses, and that’s why wages are not rising, even though corporate profits continue to rise as both technology and exploitation make production more efficient.

The middle class is being destroyed as everyone gets propelled into two separate groups: the very rich and the very poor.

Economist Richard Wolff explains how this class structure works in a short but informative video.

There’s a wealth of information available that exposes how Capitalism exploits the working class, but as Oscar Wilde said, “The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.”

Mainstream media will continue publishing propaganda to keep the working-class distracted, deceived, angry at the wrong people and hopeless. All we can do is keep speaking the truth, and hope that all the people of the world, including the apolitical, Republicans and Democrats, Libertarians and Socialists, Anarchists and Communists, will rise up against our oppressors and join together in love and solidarity.

Florida Ranked Worst in Nation Comparing Wages to Cost of Living

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The truth is the states are broke as fuck we are no different then the supposed payed slaves of egypt these fucking scumbags pay us bullshit money just enough to pay bills idk why people flock here this country is worthless

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this state is a piece of shit full of greedy mother fuckers hell i already BOYCOTTED the lottery its the worse of all states im tired of donating to education and kids dont even get free lunch this state needs to burn to the ground or sink

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Where does the other states like Texas and Tennessee and Kentucky come in?

Nursing homes who have most of the contacts here,
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Nursing homes who have most of the contacts here,

Another way they enrich themselves quickly with the taxpayers money to keep complaining about insufficient budget is how they deal with sick patients, sickness, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies.
They will prefer to pay over $100.000 to an hospital to empty your tax money from Medicare and Medicare just for a few days in the hospital here instead of giving $1000 to the patient directly to go find cheaper treatments somewhere else because that money goes back to their pockets as investors having big shares in those private hospitals.
They refuse to vote against the big pharmaceutical companies here that are selling one pill one thousand times more than another country like Canada or Mexico or others countries because they are big investors in those pharmaceutical companies and are only using the ooor sickness to enrich themselves with their tax money in order to keep the country broke and in debt forever and keep forcing the poor to slavery harder like animals forever while all the wealth of the country is in their pockets.
This is a crazy and insane system of exploitation called Capitalism.
ThereRich will get richer and poorer poorer always.
No sentimental feelings, no love, no compassion, no justice, no equity, nothing good as virtue.
Too mich corruption to denounce here.
A book would not be sufficient to say it all.

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It’s a criminal system of greed. Only the rich and those in power and position can accumulate the wealth of this country alone for themselves. All the officials n New York are big investors in those big corporations they favor to exploit the system as well as most of them are the ones who invested in their campaign to get them elected to power. The whole system is a crime to exploit the poor and s’efface-enrich themselves. A taxi driver they targeting daily in the city has to rent a car for $140 . He has to put $59 to $60 in gas. After working his ass for 12 hard hours risking his life driving customers everywhere throughout the city , he can barely makes $250 to $300 in a good day. After paying $140 for the car rental plus $60 for gas that makes $200. He can walk home with between $50 to $100 for himself to feed his family and pay train or car insurance if he has a car or train fare from his money. Now, if he gets a traffic ticket , he must pay at least $300 to higher for that ticket resulting him slaving for nothing for that week but to be exploited and filled the greed of his oppressors and greedy criminal exploiters. They are corrupt and heartless for money and are killing the little ones. There’s so much more to say. If you get a ticket and doesn’t have money to pay on time, you will receive a letter from them treaten to cancel your licence, freeze your bank account even you don’t have one and you will have to pay with a big penalty this time. A $50 ticket will come to be $75 for paying late. The abuses and exploitation and a oppression and extortion and abuse of power and position to fill their selfishness and enrich themselves only is beyond reason repair and understanding. It’s more than a crime. Despite there’s so… Read more »

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Traffic camera in almost every res light in New York .
No place to park.
Tickets by billions daily throughout the city.
It’s just impossible oppression and exploitation and abuse of power to fill their insatiable greed and selfishness and selling favor to the rich corporations to exploit in turn the poor hard slaving citizens and immigrants

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Forget to add that a lot of peoples in New York are thinking about moving to another state.
The only reason they stay here is because there is work here but it’s just slavery for nothing because they can never keep a penny for themselves.
The whole New York State is filled with homeless already everywhere.
Peoples who don’t understand the system blame them like it’s their faults when those poor innocents most of them have been exploited and pressed down into the system drinking their blood into hard slavery for nothing but to be exploited by the rich and the officials of New York States

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Wrong !
New York is worse .
The wage in Florida might be a little lower but at least the cost of living is also low and reasonable.
Car insurance is cheap and the citizens are not sold out to private car insurance companies to exploit them and making them pay $5000 to $6000 a year for liability insurance for a car only.
The tax is lower compared to here where we are being charged $1200 a year.
They’re not being targeted with summons and tickets to pay daily like in New York nor having to pay high insurance after getting 5 tickets and 10 points added to their licences.
New York, the middle class is making $13 to $15 an hour as minimum wage but the rent is high.
One bedroom appartement is $200 to $2500 a month.
The government is killing the immigrants and citizens in New York with parking tickets $125, , traffic ticket from $250 to $3000 .
Life has become impossible to live in New York to the corruption and exploitation of the officials in power in New York.
There’s no way peoples can pay rent to rest their heads with what they’re earning if not by sharing a room with several peoples or roommates.
The whole system in New York is rigged and oppressive exploiting the poor to favor the rich corporations.
New York is worse than Florida thousands times more.
Florida May come after maybe

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I moved here 22 years ago, refugee from Uncle Arthur Rong us…..sold my house in Maryland, moved to Orange Park and got some 15 years of pain relief….managed to stick it out in spice of all sorts of crooks, and essentially living off SS now, my largest complaint is that INsurance is not worth a damn in this state, yet they charge up the ass for it…..50 years homeowner, never had a claim, Irma changed that and they refuse to pay…..figgers..it’s Floriduh……

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I attest to this article. I lived in Miami for decades and the cost of living kept rising out of control since the mid 2000s. After the 2009 economic downturn, coupled with the huge migration of people to South Florida (never understood why), it became impossible for a middle class family to live comfortably in Miami unless your combined income is at least $200k. Otherwise, you will be surviving and not thriving. Plus, most people commute as much as 1.5 hours back and forth from work. It is hell. Do it for a few years and you wanna run as far away as possible from South Florida.

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I am disabled on social security been here over 30 yrs, I have widowed for 2 yrs, now having to leave because I can’t make my bills here, everything is high, prescriptions, utilities I don’t even live month to month leaving to Oklahoma in a few months. Getting out

Anonymous
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We are all chattel property, this is all by design. FL is for the elite pedophile’s freemason masters only. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lRZHTmfj9Y&fbclid=IwAR2SlP_qL6ZGzkhSBMwfQza1jV6i3tf1LjLmAywviF26598Io9pWYZ5-trs

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I grew up in Palm Beach County and left for any reasons, not the least of which is the cost of living and the inability to make money. There are NO high paying jobs there. You can’t go to work for a company and get a salary that you can live nicely there on. The labor pool there won’t support high paying tech jobs which is why they aren’t there. People go to Florida because they dont give a damn about anythi g or because they have a lot of money to begin with.

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Much of this article sounds pike a rant against capitalism. There is an imbalance of power but not because of capitalism. It is likely because of something like political manipulation and cronyism. Additionally, kids aren’t being taught what it means to save and invest which would help narrow the divide between the haves and the have-nots.

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I make very good money here in Florida when there is work available. Because I’m a tradesman it’s like it always has been, feast or famine. That’s when knowing how to budget your money comes in quite handy. The cost of living is high here & the average wages are low. So, yes, i agree with the article, but i also agree with some of the comments. It’s your choice to live here, if you don’t like it then Georgia isn’t real far away. If you’re not happy with the money you do make then find something else that pays better. If that’s not an option then get a 2nd job. That is why we are the greatest country on the planet. If you don’t like where you are or what you’re doing you have the freedom to change either one or both.

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I have lived in Florida for over 30 years & even though I have a good job in local government, I am still living pay check to pay check. My salary isn’t bad, ut it’s not enough to cover my monthly bills. I’m single & living on one paycheck gets harder & harder every year. The cost of living is too high here & the salar8are too low. Many friends have been forced to move out of state or work multiple jobs. It’s just very sad

LEXIT
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Yep, keep voting blue, to raise welfare and taxes, and take more from your hard earned incomes. Then complain that you can’t afford to live. That’ll do ya.

Anonymous
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I believe it. I worked for a hotel for 16 years. The last month I worked there I just started making $12 an hour. After 16 freaking years. Thank god I’m married or else I would have been homeless.

Anonymous
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KILL THE RICH! TAKE WHAT YOU ARE OWED!

Roturix
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I came from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Since then I have being through 4 jobs. Earning $10/hr is kinda impossible to live by yourself. Went to school for HVAC and now I’m at 15/hr with 15+ hours in overttime because of the high summer season but still is really hard to leave by your own comfortably. Need to be living with two lazy roommates so we can help each other. Is not very nice to live like this here. Thinking of leaving of the state because I’m not happy living here. Rents and everything else is too high. I don’t recommend Florida to anyone.

Get A Real Job, You Trash
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Get A Real Job, You Trash

What ridiculous cardboard communist drivel this article was! Dishwater Marxists may jazz hand in agreement, but honest people with backbone and work ethic see through your sham.

Quit imagining the world owes you a living and get off your asses, you lazy plantation-minded clowns. You sound like every other good for nothing stoner or spoiled self-important baby momma……stop being a cliché, already, and get a job.

One of the cheapest damned states to live in, and still you’ve failed so hard you’ve resorted to inventing an article to make excuses for yourself……

Anonymous
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Just moved to Miami and I regret it so much, all the jobs pay so little hourly wage and rent is expensive! I’m moving to Chicago and cant wait to get out. DO NOT come to florida unless you have a good paying job already.

Anonymous
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If you can’t afford to live in Florida sell drugs like the rest of the people living in Florida.

Anonymous
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#Voteblue2020

Anonymous
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I work for a Florida fire department. One of the lowest paid departments in the state, yet ranked one of the busiest. 2/3 of our department all work a 2nd job, some ever a third just to make ends meet. Our higher up elected officials do not care about the work force because they are sit in a nice AC office all day and make 6 figures a year. We haven’t seen any type of raise in over 7 years yet the cost of living, insurance rates and a bunch of other expenses continue to rise. It’s absolutely ridiculous.

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When you make $8.50-$10 an hour and the houses cost 1k-2k a month to rent… or cost 135k+ to buy. But, they keep building and tearing Central FL up adding more homes we don’t need. A huge reason we are moving out of the state in the next few weeks. Been here 20 years.

Anonymous
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So you mean to tell me Floirda is worse then NY? How so? I friend and his wife both work for DSNY making great money and have a standard townhouse on Long Island which was just south of 600K, 3 young kids and barely get by. Do we not account for taxes such as income? I just dont understand, I am the only income in my family of 4 and we do alright living in Lake Mary, My salary isn’t huge but $25/hr and own my ow home.

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I’ve worked for the State of Florida for 3 years and not only have they NOT given raises, they lie to their employees when asked how one can obtain a salary increase. Management is the absolute WORST I’ve ever worked under. The only training that occurs is through onboarding. Rarely do you see upper management… HR is a complete waste of time! It’s a micromanaging, snitching, meddling, type of culture. Just recently, we were informed about increases. However, in the communication, it didn’t give specifics. They use ambiguous language to communicate everything, because they don’t want to be accused of issuing fraudulent information. A few people in my office received increases, but it was only the “usual” suspects. If you don’t comply to their method of operating, you’re deemed an outcast. There’s a culture of discrimination… the yearly evaluations are very subjective, which leaves a lot of room for managers to be bias. It’s like working for a bunch of robots, who are trained to ONLY do what their told. I would not recommend ANYONE to work for the State of Florida, unless they’re comfortable with being treated like a toddler and paid like one as well.

Anonymous
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Good place to retire but wages are substandard..Thank God for my Pension Social Security and my 401k..

Anonymous
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The cost of living has gone up so much because so many of the “snowbirds” decided to move here and most of them can afford to pay higher prices. When I bought my first house it was $47,000! I’m now looking to buy a bigger house and I’ll be lucky if I can find one for under $250,000. Rent was $600/mo in my neighborhood when I bought my house now it’s well over $1500. Who can afford that kind of jump?

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Do they account for the fact that we also pay no state income tax? Florida is affordable if you own a business. In fact its one of the more business friendly states like Texas.

Many companies in Florida seem to think they can hire people on a lower wage because of “Sunshine benefits”. That’s bs. Don’t work for these companies and let them flounder until they pay a decent wage.

Anonymous
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I recently moved to fla to work and was homeless for a while..even tho we had jobs we could not afford the rent prices..after the hurricanes landlords started raising rent because they know people needed a place to live..so these poor people were and still are paying these high living cost just to have a roof over their heads..its seriously sad

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It could be worse if we lose our pensios. I retired in 1995 with a modest benefit from a Multiemployer Pension Plan. Today, that Plan is in “critical and declining status” and expected to become insolvent in less than 5 years. There is a Bill in the U.S. Senate, S.2254, The Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, a/k/a The Butch Lewis Act that will save our pensions. If we can get our two (2) U.S. Senators to cosponsor and support S. 2254 it will be very helpful in getting this legislation passed and our pensions will be saved.

Anonymous
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I’m a young mom with 3 kids. I was working up until my last week of pregnancy. I have not been able to go back due to my baby being sick. My husband makes 1600 a month but our rent is 805. Ok gh its run between 160-175 water is around 85. Internet is 55 phones are 105.
I started going to school to get a better job that 75.

I dont get help from the government. Apart from wic.
After adding everything up we are behind on most things. I have to have dinner with my parents in order to eat sometimes. If i could save the money to move I would. But the way things are we are lucky if we have 5$ leftover every month. I’m here in florida in the poorest county. I’m trying everything I can to keep things together while my poor husband has to work in the hot sun fir 10 hours a day.

I love Florida to death but its so hard when everything costs so much.

Anonymous
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I work in a Mom and Pop place in the Capital. I’ve been told that if the wages goes up. We are all going to be fired cause they can’t afford that. It is a sad world we live in for people to own something they love to do.

Anonymous
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Sounds like a bunch of broke bitches who can’t get it together.

Anonymous
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Don’t even get me started on the “right to work law”!

Anonymous
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It troubles me at how crass and devoid of empathy some of our society has become and at how low some of them will stoop to achieve their own ruthless, self-serving goals. Case in point: The Florida law that eternally ties the The Florida minimum wage (even today 50% less than what it should be) to the cost-of-living index. Hence, the only time a minimum wage worker gets a raise in pay is when the cost-of-living index goes up keeping that worker at a substandard wage forever! This little gem of legislation was brought to you by your republican run Florida government and the desperate minimum wage voters voted for it in mass because it was sold to them as a raise in pay every time the cost of living went up when in actuality it’s true intention was to keep the minimum wage workers working for a substandard wage forever! This is one of the greatest Coos the republican party ever pulled off and now the minimum wage Can never increase unless the cost-of-living goes up as prescribed by law! This law should be deemed predatory and repealed! Open your eyes people, wake up, this is your life do something about it!

Anonymous
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was born here lived here most my life worked for one company from getting out of high school until I retired at 62 join the NG spend 25 yrs with National Guard left them as a -8 First Sgt . My retirement is what I put in it no one else’s fault .Home payed for still bring in almost 74,000 a yr.If its that bad move

Anonymous
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So fix it! I’m a single mom working 65 hours a week, and not spending my time raising my son like I should be! People want to know what’s wrong with society these days and do nothing to help those of us that bust our butts EVERY DAY to support our families.

And for those of you that want to attack me for working so much, go ahead and hold your tongue. No, I do not get help from the state, of ANY KIND, nor do I get child support. I bust my ass and do it myself.

Anonymous
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So don’t move to Florida. Easy fix. The cost of living is generally not particularly high and there is no state income tax, but wages do suck. Might not be a bad place to bring a manufacturing or distribution business, though.

Anonymous
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Delaware has no sales tax and most homes have a property tax of under $1500 a year.. Tell me how that’s not affordable? Try living in NJ.

Anonymous
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Give out more rise not no 2%

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The pay is peanuts, cost of living is similar to up North prices but pay is half. Same as Nashville, cost of living is still affordable but pay is still half as up North but pay is starting to come around due to several Corp headquarters coming in and Health care (HCA) unbelievable pay (too high, that’s why cost of insurance is high) but still pay is pity full there. I had the pleasure to be in contact with many convention attendees and they all fell in love with Nashville, the night life and wanted to move there. My first comment was……..ask your HR what your position pays here, they were shocked, almost half, sure cost of living is some cheaper but same job half the pay.
Oh, Florida’s car insurance is in the top 3 also!

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Interesting video but, not very thorough in explaining the big picture. Someone obviously having an axe to grind over wages here is basically ignoring so much more. Inflation—the hidden tax!—thanks to skyrocketing government spending/borrowing (deficit spending and not having a balanced budget for DECADES now)… AND federal reserve changing interest rates is HUGE. we have increased taxes on just about everything under the sun. Ongoing wars and geopolitical conflicts. Then, the lifestyle(s) that are common place now. Hard to find a person (even the average joe making median income) that doesn’t have an expensive phone with costly data plan, TV/internet service, 2-3 TV’s in their home, etc. Then you have to look at cost of many other things too and examine why and how certain things like college education and healthcare costs have gone through the roof and how thats like an anchor on class mobility if you get sick or choose an education path that doesn’t actually lead to an in-demand career. I’m sure a lot of people have limited themselves a lot by taking on so much debt for houses, cars, tech, college, etc.. So over extended that they might just miss opportunities to move to where labor is in demand, invest in a hot market, start a business, etc. The housing bubble/bust was nuts too…. “Homeowners wanted to get rich quick by flipping real estate. Mortgage originators went to great lengths, legal and otherwise, to maximize loan volumes. Home appraisers did the same. Bankers were paid absurd amounts of money to securitize toxic subprime mortgages. Rating agencies raked in profits by classifying otherwise toxic securities as investment-grade. Regulators were focused on getting a bigger paycheck in the private sector. And politicians sought to gain popularity by forcing banks to lend money to their un-creditworthy constituents.” —> quoted from Motley Fool story: 25 Major Factors That Caused or Contributed to the Financial Crisis. https://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/02/28/25-major-factors-that-caused-or-contributed-to-the.aspx?Cid=EcGH24&utm_campaign=Rn4mRc&utm_source=3FhwAy&utm_medium=n7UGVf&utm_content=je0trA&utm_term=Cg06aT Anyone interested in being more realistic and looking at the bigger picture of where we are today… Read more »

Anonymous
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What caused the downfall of european monarchs, same principal, wealth inequality, americans will uprise against these powerful elite sooner or later and its going to get ugly

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I have lived in Florida all my life and I remember my grandfather buying lots and building his homes. I always said I want to do that. He found land back in the 80s to 90s for 4000 I believe. He was able to put 100 down and do 100 a month. In 2 years, he built himself a place as a painter. Even he said not long ago if he tried that now he’d be in so much debt he’d never own even the pennies and dimes in his own account. A studio apartment is 1300 a month, there’s land competition because we’re surrounded by big bases so only homes are being built – which cost almost half a million dollars and you’re living practically in your neighbor’s home. I used to love my town, never wanted to leave, but now I’m moving so far away because this state had made me grow to it so much. We’re paid 10 an hour, 4 people live in a 2 bedroom because they can’t afford anything else, they want about 800 credit scores and 5 months rent in your account at all times, and pets aren’t allowed and families with children are required to have a double deposit for security reasons. FLORIDA IS A JOKE!

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Alligators

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Moved here in mid 80s and people would say the pay isn’t very good but you can work year round and the rent is cheep, well that’s not true anymore, the builder’s don’t want to pay for labor and say ,I can’t afford it yet they have more then 1 home ,several vehicles, boats jetskies ,vacation 3 or 4 times a year but in my business beat the flooring stores to death on price and want it for barely over cost.To add insult to injury they bring in illegal immigrants to do the work for 20% of what it should pay.In 2000 I got $4 a yard to install carpet. When the illegal immigrants got here it dropped to $1.60 A yard , I couldn’t afford to stay in business. Now the average age of a flooring installer is 55 , my age and no one new wants in the business. Fact is carpet should be paying $7 a yard plus furniture plus take up and hauling it away. Wake up Florida businesses your not going to have anyone to do the work because it’s to expensive to live in the sunshine State

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When I first moved to Florida in 2010 I bought my home at 69k and my mortgage was 700 per month with insurance. I sold that house in 2012 and should have never. I have to live with my father now because the rent and market is so high I can’t afford to live on my own. I made 18 an hour in 2010 and went to school to make 20 dollars an hour. Plus now I’m in student loan debt but I don’t have to pay until I finish my masters. My income only raised 2 dollars an hour in 10 years. The rent in Port Saint Lucie Florida went from 800 dollars a month for a 3 bed room to 1800 a three bed room. I looked for a one bed room for me and my son and I can’t afford the rent because it’s 1200 per month. People use to live in Florida because the cost of living was so cheap if you lived in the right area. Now I can’t even afford a studio apartment and I have a bachelors degree in health care administration.