Hillary Clinton, in her campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination, is feeling maximum pressure to support a higher minimum wage. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) recently introduced legislation that set the bar for a new federal standard at $12 an hour — a 66% increase over the current $7.25. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who may challenge Clinton for the nomination, raised the stakes even higher by supporting a $15 minimum rate. He was matched in Washington, DC last week by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who included a $15 minimum wage in a liberal “Contract With America.” Hillary Clinton has so far been silent on the wisdom of these high-dollar mandates. She’d be wise to review her husband’s approach when he occupied the Oval Office. In 1992, Bill Clinton campaigned for President on an increase in the federal minimum wage, which was then set at $4.25. A few months into his first term, those plans were on hold. The economy … [Read more...] about Bill Clinton’s wisdom for Hillary on the minimum wage
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Q. Will New Jersey ever allow deductions for 529 plan contributions? -- Saving A. It's a great question, but at this point, your guess is as good as anyone's. It's impossible to know what will take priority in Trenton and eventually be made into law. For that reason, it makes sense to make your plans using the best information we have today. So let's look at 529 plans. They were created in 1996 under the Small Business Job Protection Act to aid families in funding higher education needs, said Altair Gobo, a certified financial planner with U.S. Financial Services in Fairfield. He said while contributions are made from after-tax money - no deductions - the earnings on the 529 account accumulate tax-deferred. This accumulation of tax-deferred earnings, if used for qualified educational expenses, can be withdrawn tax- and penalty-free. If you decide to use a 529 plan to save for college, most people start by looked at the plan offered by their home state. That's … [Read more...] about Will N.J. ever allow deductions for 529 plan contributions?
New York City is in a crisis of over-success. After the so-called "bad old days" of the 1970s and 80s, it is now one of the safest and most popular cities in the world. It is also one of the most unequal, with an income gap as vast as Swaziland's. Over the past few decades, the rich have gotten much richer while other New Yorkers have stagnated — or fallen back. Old-fashioned gentrification has become state-sponsored hyper-gentrification, a runaway bulldozer that displaces the lower and middle classes as it racially re-segregates the city and the suburbs, fills the streets with cookie-cutter glass towers, destroys countless small businesses and gives rise to high-rent blight, those blocks and blocks of empty storefronts that are killing the vibrancy of our neighborhoods. While Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to take aim at this "tale of two cities," inequality is only getting worse. And while he now regularly rails against gentrification, there's much more he can do to stem … [Read more...] about Bill’s burden on gentrification: The mayor needs better plans to counter New York City’s biggest threat
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........Copyright © 2018 Albuquerque JournalU.S. Sen. Tom Udall wants to protect New Mexico’s national monuments from what he calls an overreach from the White House. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall says protecting the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments goes beyond the two Utah monuments. “This is about protecting all of our national monuments,” the New Mexico senator says. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)He said that was among the motivations behind an amicus brief filed in an attempt to stop the reduction in size of two national monuments in southern Utah.ADVERTISEMENTSkipUdall and U.S. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, were the leaders in the filing of the amicus brief in support of plaintiffs in five cases before the U.S. District Court for the District … [Read more...] about Amicus brief filed in bid to protect monuments, Udall says
SMALL BUSINESS (UP TO 50 EMPLOYEES) - Nominated by Joanne Levine of Lekas & Levine Public Relations Based in Wilmette and serving the Greater Chicago area, Broadstreet Home Care provides premium, customized in-home care services for seniors who want to remain healthy and independent in their homes.Broad Street was created following the personal family experience of founder, Sam Cross. Cross' aunt was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's simultaneous to his uncle being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. For Cross, the light bulb went off. In-home health care is a critical service that so many people need, but it goes beyond an extra set of hands. They need a professional, organized service -- a solution.While circumstances can vary and experiences are relative, their mission is clear: Improve health and wellness outcomes by creating great experiences for clients, their families and the personal assistants who work with them. - Nominated by Kim Brisky, Small … [Read more...] about 2019 AABE award honorees