Last year, I became a caregiver for someone who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, an incurable disorder of the central nervous system. If I weren’t helping this person cope with the disease at home, care would be needed in an institutional setting – costing state taxpayers three times more money.
The state pays poverty-level wages for the care I provide. I can barely support myself as a single person and cannot save anything for retirement. My financial prospects are depressing and scary.
Last year, the state agreed to provide caregivers like me with a modest 23-cents-per-hour contribution to a retirement trust fund. This …