Higher living costs are real
Last week, I contacted the KinderCare facilities closest to the four Ecology regional offices statewide. The weekly infant care for Bellevue is $343. The next highest is Lacey at $299 (a $135 per WEEK difference.) Compared to the least expensive location, Yakima, I get to pay $9,000 more per year for the same child care service. That’s real money, and only one of the additional expenses of serving in King County.