We start back to work on Tuesday. I am sitting here feeling like financially I don't think I can make it any longer. I make $31,000/year, and this is my 8th year teaching. We used to get an 8% supplement, but this year, the board voted to not give it to us. I couldn't even make it WITH the supplement, what am I going to do without it? Without my husband, I would be very bad off. I had to use his debit card to get $25 in gas today. He could care less, but I feel so bad. He works very hard for his money, and I feel like because of my low-paying job, he can never purchase things that he wants. He makes about $37,000 a year as a correctional officer. I haven't gotten a raise in over 5 years. This year, all state employees were supposed to get a 1.2% raise, but when I looked at the updated salary schedules, it is the same amount I made last year. They always do something funky with our pay so we don't make more. I am actually depressed over this issue. I feel like we don't matter at all. We are educating our future, we should matter at least a little bit.