My family of six spends $400 per month more for food and gas than we did 4 years ago. The minimum increase in salaries for my husband and I have not kept up with the rising prices on necessities. We are refinancing our home in order to lower our mortage and balance our budget. Our vehicles are 13 + years old and we need to buy another mode of transportation soon. We cannot handle an increase in taxes on our middle class family income. We should not have too, when an increase in taxes on the most wealthy would generate enough revenue to cover a tax increase on the masses of middle class.