February 16, 2014

One woman's struggles to meet daily expenses with minimal annual raises from Social Security

Not long after Mary Callahan's 1.5 percent Social Security cost-of-living adjustment went into effect Jan. 1 — netting her $20 more a month — a community newsletter arrived in the mail at her modest Neville Island, Pa., home. Beginning this year, it said, her sewage rates would go up 17 percent, with 11 percent additional increases each of the following three years.

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