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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 […]

In the Absence of a New Jobs Bill – Federal Business Grants

BusinessUSA

Do you own a business and need more working capital? Unless you are the CEO of Google you probably answered yes. Federal, state and local governments offer a wide range of financing programs to help small businesses start and grow their operations. These programs include low-interest loans, venture capital, and scientific and economic development grants. […]

By 2050: 20% of the US Population will be Age 65 or Older

Healthcare

Did you know that the long term services and support that this population needs is primarily paid through Medicare and Medicaid? Yes, this is true according to a recent report released by the Congressional Budget Office. In the report, Rising Demand for Long-Tern Services and Supports for Elderly People, the CBO describes a population of […]

Community Development Block Grants: A Key Difference Between the House and Senate

Capitol Hill

Does your community rely on Community Development Block Grants? Many communities across America certainly do.  The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), which we wrote about a few years ago in a word of the week post, is critical funding distributed through The Department of Housing and Urban Development (THUD). The funds impact larger cities and […]

Grow Our Economy AND Shrink Our Deficit: VIDEO

Is it really possible? Yes, it absolutely is, asserts President Obama. He also asserts that his recently proposed FY ’14 budget proposal is a blueprint for achieving both goals in concert. Republicans in Congress however, do not agree and have said the budget is a non-starter. In a speech delivered in the Rose Garden, President […]

Failing Our Future: Insights on Sequestration by Dr. Beverly Tatum

Effect of Sequestration on Education Dr. Beverly Tatum

Did you catch the recent guest blog post by President of Spelman College, Dr. Beverly Tatum? While the effects of the sequestration are still not clearly pronounced, many have weighed in with key insights on the subject. In the recent HuffPost editorial, Dr. Tatum speaks to the effects of sequestration on the education of people […]

Funding for Key Programs Cut Under Either Fiscal Plan

House Passes Paul Ryan Budget

Are you surprised to hear the many programs that will be cut under either proposed fiscal plan? As Eduardo Porter, NYTimes columnist points out in his recent article, Goodbye, Government, Under Either Fiscal Plan, funding of programs will be cut regardless which side of the aisle ultimately prevails in negotiations. Recently he wrote, The truth […]

Message From Anita Estell: FEMA Conference Calls on Hurricane Sandy

FEMA

Dear Friends, As I write this blog entry, the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. braces for Hurricane Sandy, which also has been dubbed Frankenstorm, in recognition of the Halloween Season.  Whatever you want to call it, the storm promises to disrupt life along the East Coast in significant ways.  If you are a business person, or […]

Budget Control Act: What’s At Stake

Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012 Casualties

Remember the debt ceiling debate last summer? Yes, the one that was solved only after both parties agreed to automatic across-the-board cuts, known as “sequester” should a deal not be reached  to cut $1.2 trillion from our federal deficit over the next 10 years?  The programs on the block are defense and domestic programs that […]

Read the Bill – The American Jobs Act

American Jobs Act

What’s in the American Jobs Act? Will it actually create jobs for those struggling across America? The bickering over the American Jobs Act has begun, but while bickering has always been the norm in Washington, will unemployment continue to be the norm across America?  In reading the bill, several key points jumped out at us. If […]

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