Tag Archive: government

Oct 14

Shut up and work:We wouldn’t be at this point if Congress had done its job over the last several months.

For the first time in 17 years, Congress failed to provide the funding to keep the entire government running. So now you have two classes of government service and two classes of employees: “essential” and “nonessential.” If you run a national park, you aren’t essential. If you work in a government lab, you might be …

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Oct 12

Lone Star State-Affordable Healthcare: Who can enroll?

The marketplace was designed for individuals who are buying their own insurance and who cannot get affordable coverage through their job or other sources. Small businesses also will be able to buy coverage for their employees through the marketplace. To be eligible to buy insurance in the marketplace, you must: • Live in the marketplace …

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Oct 09

Lower income? Don’t pass up the saver’s credit

In 2002, Congress passed legislation to create an income tax credit designed to encourage lower- and middle-income people to save money for retirement. The saver’s credit, worth up to $1,000 a year for individuals ($2,000 for couples filing jointly), rewards people for contributing to an IRA or 401(k) plan. benefit from the saver’s credit are …

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Oct 07

The values divide: The showdown in Washington isn’t just about political posturing

There’s a lot of talk about how polarized the country is today. Sometimes that polarization is more than about partisan politics — it’s about real differences in values. Take the House Republicans’ recent votes to deny food and health care to millions of Americans. Those were statements of values. The first vote was to cut …

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Oct 05

It’s all their fault: The shutdown as well as the looming debt ceiling crisis is entirely a Republican Party production.

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Everyone pretty much agrees that what’s going on in Washington right now ranks up there with the dumbest, most destructive episodes in our history. We are a great and powerful country, on the cusp of achieving that “Shining City upon a Hill” status that Puritan leader John Winthrop talked about nearly 400 years ago. I …

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Oct 03

Improvement talk

District 3 residents started arriving early at Broughton Community Center for the latest town hall meeting. Extra chairs had to be brought in for the bigger-than-expected crowd. These residents aired their concerns as District 3 Councilwoman Kasha Williams, and Mayor Jay Dean paid close attention and gave responses as needed. Jesse Bradley is not new …

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Sep 28

Bossing the poor around:How about a bill banning soda sales at the House of Representatives’ cafeterias?

I spent a few months on food stamps this year. As a single woman in San Diego, I qualified for $70 a month — less than a dollar per meal. But I’m lucky and I’m unusual because many of my friends are farmers and gardeners and I know how to forage wild foods. Determined to …

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Sep 10

Lone Star State: “Debt-at-a-Glance” Easier way to find information regarding state and local government debt

To make it simpler for Texans to look at the finances of local governments in their area- and the magnitude of their outstanding debt- Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today announced the rollout of new “Debt-at-a- Glance” Web pages, which detail state and local debt in an easy-to-read, shareable format. Debt-at-a-Glance outlines the outstanding debt of …

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