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News Briefing for Wednesday, April 1, 2015

HEALTHCARE: CALPERS COULD OWE OBAMACARE $770 MILLION IN “CADILLAC TAX’ “California government entities and their unions are panicking because Obamacare’s punitive 40% “Cadillac Tax” beginning in 2018 will directly hit the low-deductible and broad-provider network type of “platinum” healthcare coverage that public employees have enjoyed under the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS). With the Cadillac Tax estimated at $770 million, public employees face a radical change to “narrow networks” and up to 1,000 percent increase in annual healthcare deductibles. California public employee unions and CalPERS took a ...

April’s unemployment report: Jobs added, but people still aren’t looking for work

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its assessment of job growth for the month of April. The results were decent, though inadequate – the unemployment rate slightly edged down, and enough jobs were added to surpass the replacement rate. The total number of jobs added was 165,000 – thought this is likely to change once the BLS has more time to analyze the data, with one-month and two-month revisions ahead – but one of the big pieces of good news was how the numbers of jobs added in February and March were reassessed as 64,000 and 50,000 higher, respectively. All told, 114,000 additional jobs were added in February and ...

Senate Office Locations for Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Alaska Begich, Mark (D - AK) One Sealaska Plaza, Ste 308 Juneau, AK 99801 phone. (907) 586 - 7700 fax. (907) 586 - 7702 http://www.begich.senate.gov Murkowski, Lisa (R - AK) 510 L. Street, Suite 600 Anchorage, AK 99501 Main: 907-271-3735 Fax: 1-877-857-0322 http://www.murkowski.senate.gov Alabama Sessions, Jeff (R - AL) 41 West I-65 Service Road North BB&T, Suite 2300-A Mobile, AL 36608 -1291 Main: (251) 414-3083 Fax: (251) 414-5845 http://www.sessions.senate.gov Shelby, Richard C. (R - AL) 1800 5th Avenue North 321 Federal Building Birmingham, AL 35203 Telephone: (205) 731-1384 Fax: (205) ...

Tax Freedom Day is on April 18

Every year, the Tax Foundation calculates when Tax Freedom Day arrives. This year, it’s April 18, five days later than in 2012: Tax Freedom Day is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year. A vivid, calendar based illustration of the cost of government, Tax Freedom Day divides all federal, state, and local taxes by the nation’s income. In 2013, Americans will pay $2.76 trillion in federal taxes and $1.45 trillion in state taxes, for a total tax bill of $4.22 trillion, or 29.4 percent of income. April 18 is 29.4 percent, or 108 days, into the year. The tax increases in the fiscal cliff deal ...

Not April Fool’s: President Obama declares April “National Financial Capability Month”

Kudos to Terence Jeffery at CNS News for picking up on this Friday announcement: All Americans deserve the chance to turn their hard work into a decent living for their families and a bright future for their children. Seizing that opportunity takes more than drive and initiative -- it also requires smart financial planning. During National Financial Capability Month, we recommit to empowering individuals and families with the knowledge and tools they need to get ahead in today's economy. My Administration is dedicated to helping people make sound decisions in the marketplace. Before you start thinking this is an April Fool’s Day joke, note two ...

CBO projections read like a bad April fool’s joke

Last week, Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Douglas Elmendorf explained CBO’s projections on federal spending for the next decade, comparing it to past spending. The results are not good – not only are we going to spend more, but the analysis used is CBO’s optimistic projection on spending. More on that later. For now, Elmendorf’s depressing data: CBO projects that revenues will average about 19 percent of GDP during the coming decade under current law, above their 18 percent average of the past 40 years. CBO also projects that outlays will average 22 percent of GDP over the next 10 years under current law, above their 21 percent ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, March 31

HEALTHCARE: House Tea Party leader signs up for ObamaCare “One of ObamaCare’s staunchest foes in Congress acknowledged for the first time that he has purchased insurance at HealthCare.gov. “For the record, I am on ObamaCare. Yee-hah!” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said during a town-hall meeting on Thursday. “My wife complains about it all the time,” he said, according to the Clay Center Dispatch. The disclosure from the chairman of the House GOP’s Tea Party Caucus comes just days after another firebrand conservative, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), admitted that he was planning to enroll in insurance through ObamaCare…” http...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 03/29/15

Listen to the legislative update podcast here: CALENDAR:   The House and Senate are both out of session for the next two weeks.   LAST WEEK’S HOUSE FLOOR ACTION:   As happens every now and then, I need to begin this week’s update with a correction to something I said last week. Last week, when I was discussing House floor action the week before, I said the House had passed the Rules for both H.R. 1029, the EPA Science Advisory Board Act, and H.R. 1030, the Secret Science Reform Act. But I most specifically did NOT say the two bills had passed on the floor. That’s because I couldn’t find any record online of ...

News Briefing for Monday, March 30

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Perry tells tea party group he was right to back Dewhurst over Cruz in 2012 primary Says loyalty bound him to his lieutenant governor, says more of this quality is needed in US politics “Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry told a tea party group Sunday that he supported his lieutenant governor against Ted Cruz in the 2012 Republican primary for the U.S. Senate out of loyalty — a characteristic, he said, that is sorely missing in American politics. During a conference call hosted by Tea Party Patriots, Mr. Perry said he endorsed then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst because of the strong relationship they had developed over the years. ...

One step closer to repealing Obamacare

This week, the GOP-controlled Congress took one step closer to repealing Obamacare for good. So in the spirit of giving credit where credit is due, we’re cautiously applauding our lawmakers today. According to news reports, [1], the Senate managed to pass a budget that sets the stage for cutting $4.3 trillion in benefit programs over the next decade – including dissolving Obamacare. The passage sets the stage for a repeal of Obamacare through a procedural shortcut called reconciliation. At this point the Senate and the House have until mid-April to resolve differences in the budget through conference. Once both chambers agree on language, ...