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2014-04-14 23:00:13

A new poll released today by The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) suggests rapid growth in the number of seniors who pay taxes on their Social Security benefits. Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) April 15, 2014 A new poll released today by The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) suggests rapid growth in the number of seniors who pay taxes on their Social Security benefits. The TSCL poll indicates that as many as two-thirds (66%) paid taxes on their Social Security benefits last year. “This number...

2014-04-11 11:39:34

When the Earned Income Tax Credit was expanded in 1993, supporters hoped it would reward poor parents for working while critics feared that it might discourage single mothers from marrying or incentivize women to have more children to boost their tax refund. A new collaborative study done by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell University reveals the EITC has helped the working poor but hasn't affected personal choices. Sarah Halpern-Meekin, assistant professor of human...

2014-04-10 16:20:42

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The PennDOT Office of Public-Private Partnerships (P3) today announced that it is accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector through April 30. The submission period applies to PennDOT-owned projects and infrastructure. During this period, the private sector can submit proposals offering innovative ways to deliver transportation projects across a variety of modes including roads,...

2014-04-01 20:21:46

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Concord Coalition today welcomed the budget proposal from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan but expressed concern that it does not represent a realistic blueprint for making progress on a fiscal sustainability plan. "It is the statutory duty of the House and Senate Budget Committees to produce a budget," said Robert L. Bixby, Concord's executive director. "Chairman Ryan thus deserves credit for following 'regular...

2014-03-17 16:20:42

Union secures increased parking subsidies, expanded shift-bidding, and certification improvements WASHINGTON, March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The union representing nearly 45,000 Transportation Security Officers at TSA secured important gains for agency employees in a first-of-its-kind interest arbitration decision announced today. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20131120/MM21150LOGO The American Federation of Government Employees went to arbitration with the agency...

2014-03-12 08:31:28

Subsidy Gap Found in Study of 8 Cities Likely Affecting Young Adult Enrollment SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --HealthPocket examined health plan premium subsidies for 18 to 34 year-olds in eight major cities across the country and found this age group could not obtain subsidies for health plans within the complete income range specified by the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act subsidies are designed to lower premiums for people with incomes...

2014-02-10 16:26:25

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the Senate this week considering repeal of the recent reduction in cost-of-living (COLA) increases for working-age military retirees, The Concord Coalition warned lawmakers that deviating from a pay-as-you-go standard for new spending and tax cuts would make a grim fiscal outlook even worse. The proposal under consideration would not offset the cost of a repeal, which is more than $5 billion. "Falling annual deficits, welcome...

2014-02-07 08:24:38

TACOMA, Wash., Feb. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In a sharply divided 5-4 decision, the Washington Supreme Court held yesterday that religious non-profit employers cannot discriminate against their employees whose jobs are unrelated to the religious mission of the employer. While the Court held that a state law exemption for religious employers is not unconstitutional in all circumstances, it determined that a hospital security guard who was terminated after suffering a stroke can...

2014-02-04 16:28:16

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Although the federal deficit is currently dropping, The Concord Coalition said today that new projections by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) show that Washington cannot afford to put fiscal reform on the back burner. The CBO's Budget and Economic Outlook, released this morning, estimates that budget deficits will add $7.9 trillion to the federal debt in the coming decade as Washington struggles with high health care spending,...

2014-01-23 16:23:13

"A Nation in the Red" Dallas-based Author Says the Government Has Failed NEW YORK and DALLAS, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Murray Holland, author of "A Nation in the Red," says Congress and President Obama have failed again in making any headway on the U.S. debt. He predicts a colossal train wreck, leading to more middle class stagnation. Already, the U.S. has the world's 6(th) debt/GDP ratio. "Do I sleep better at night knowing that Republicans and Democrats finally agreed to a...