I have to agree with Level2Trauma. My husband and I don't get any tax breaks or any assistance. We have to pay full price for everything, as compared to other individuals. Not only to we pay for ourselves, but we pay for others as well via taxes. We live within our means - we have 95 and 96 cars (small cheap ones I might add - a Cavalier and a Prizm). We put our money into our home that appreciates, not depreciates.
Senior citizens get a property tax break - why?? Typically senior citizens should be in a much more stable financial situation than young married couples. There homes are paid off, they have sufficient retirment income, etc. As a young couple we aren't close to that at all. So why don't we get a tax break? We don't even have children who utilize the school system.
And for pay, I am not satisfied with it not because I can't build a bigger, all-brick home, but because I run my butt off, do charge nursing, orientate, resource - and don't get compensated fairly. My facility increases the new grad rate pay but doesn't adjust the current scale for exisiting employees accordingly. Nurses may start off ok with an ok salary, but as they gain experience or take on additional responsibilities, roles, projects, or education/certifications, aren't compensated for those as other professions are. There is no incentive to be charge nurse, be a preceptor, return to school, other than personal satisfaction. That may be ok for some, but those things require money to do (going back to school, continuing ed). Therefore there is no return for your investment.