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Student Loan Relief: The Presidential Memoranda

Pay as you earn

Are you paying off student loan debt? If you are like millions of Americans across the country, the answer is yes. Monday, President Obama signed a student loan memorandum enabling an increased number of borrowers to receive student loan payment relief. There are five key actions as outlined in the memorandum: – Expanding the Pay […]

CBO on Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act of 2014

Legislation

Have you heard of H.R. 4121? There has been a lot of activity surrounding the SBA in recent weeks, including the appointment of Maria Contreras-Sweet Sworn as SBA Administrator. Recently the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on H.R. 4121, the Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act of 2014. H.R. 4121 would direct the […]

The Significance of the Paul Ryan Budget

House Passes Paul Ryan Budget

What does the passed budget mean for Americans? Most would agree that the recent passing of the bill by the House of Representatives in a vote of 219 -205, means very little for actual policy. Afterall, the Senate would need to pass its own similar legislation, and both would need to be combined in conference. […]

Fair Minimum Wage Act

minimumwage

What do you think is a fair minimum wage? As the President noted in his State of the Union Address, there is a push on Capitol Hill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour hasn’t been increased since 2009. The Fair Minimum Wage Act, backed by Representative […]

April 15th – Income Tax Reminders

taxes 2014

Have you completed your 2013 taxes already? In case you are like many Americans, you or your accountant may still be underway with the process. A couple of quick reminders: – As you may recall, many tax breaks expired on Dec. 31, 2013. However, even if a tax break expired as of December 31, 2013, […]

The 2014 State of the Union Address

State of the Union 2014

Were you watching? Today President Obama delivered the 2014 State of the Union address to Congress and the nation. Below is the full enhanced video. If you missed it, take a look. Did the President touch on issues that are important to you? Send in your thoughts on the President’s address!

Everybody Can Be Great

Dr. King Arrested Image

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Every year, at the beginning of the […]

Water Bill. Farm Bill. Defense Bill

Legislation

Year end bills blitz? Possibly. These are the top priority bills that are making their way to becoming law. There also happens to be only about two weeks left for their passing. Here is a brief rundown provided by thehill.com. – Water Resources Reform and Development Act The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRDA) […]

Unemployment Insurance: To Extend or Not Extend?

Capitol Hill

Did you know that roughly $1.3 million Americans will lose their unemployment benefits before the end of the year? Yes, this is true if Congress does not act to extend the long term unemployment benefits. To date, Congress is finalizing the passage of a budget bill that will fund federal agencies through fiscal 2014, which […]

Fab Labs

Fab Lab

Are you familiar with the term “Fab Lab”? Last week Senators Dick Durbin and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-IL and D-NY respectively) introduced legislation, the National Fab Lab Network Act, aimed at investing in the next generation of American entrepreneurs and innovators by establishing a national network of fabrication laboratories, known as “fab labs.” Fab labs are […]

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