WashingtonPost.Com received over a thousand comments on its front page story Sunday by Anne Hull about Laura Steins, 47, of Harrison, New York.
Steins got the $2.5 million dollar house in her divorce and $75,000 a year in child support. She makes $150,000 a year plus a bonus at her job as a MasterCard VP. She also has about $50,000 a year in investment income. That’s over $300,000 a year.
But it costs her $8,000 to $10,000 a month to keep up her 4,000 square foot house on three acres. Her property taxes are $35,000 a year, the nanny is $40,000, the gardener is $500 a month and there is someone to plow the driveway in the winter.
“A), I couldn’t sell the house right now,” she says, citing the slow real estate market. “B), this is where my kids go to school. And C), it’s where my job is,” says Steins.
A lot of comments, some from people who make closer to what the nanny makes than what Steins makes, were not sympathetic to her plight.