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40-percent of households in Connecticut have income which falls below what is needed to pay for basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care, technology, and transportation, according to a new report from United Ways in Connecticut.  Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed, or ALICE, households report found that 30-percent of Connecticut households have earnings above the federal poverty line but under a basic cost-of-living threshold.  The report found that it costs nearly $78,000 per year for a family of four with 1 infant and 1 toddler to pay for the basic needs in the Household Survival Budget.  In every city and town in the state, at least 10% of households are ALICE households.  The ALICE Report recommends both short-term and long-term strategies to help these families.  The Connecticut ALICE Report was funded by the 16 Connecticut United Ways.