That's the problem with the economy... Here in the Northeast, if your household takes in only $100k combined. Which can be a $50k / 50k dual income earner. You're going to struggle because it's gonna cost a lot of $$ to keep a family of 4 taken cared of and there won't be much left after rent/daycare/commute cost.
While the Fed tax rate has not jumped and won't likely jump during and after an Election year. The local and state tax rates have climbed as well as cost of living.
A family making $120k in the northeast here is just getting by paycheck to paycheck and not having any real savings.