Interpreting a sliding scale:
$40-60: If you are able to pay for “wants” and spend little time worried about securing necessities in your life, this price is for you.
$20-40: If you are struggling to conquer debt or build savings or move away from paycheck to paycheck living but have access to steady income and are not spending most of your time thinking about meeting basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, child care, etc., you belong here.
$0-$15: If you struggle to maintain access to needs such as health care, housing, food, child care, and are living paycheck to paycheck or are in significant debt, you belong here and you deserve a community that honours your price as equal an economic offering as the person who can pay the highest tier.
Words by Alexis J Cunningfolk in The Sliding Scale: A Tool of Economic Justice.