If President Obama negotiates a massive new trade bill but doesn’t tell the general public about it, can it still go into effect? Can it still deplete our jobs and prosperity, the way past trade agreements like NAFTA and the recent Korean trade agreement have? Can it still lead to a destructive trade deficit?
A recent (letter to the editor) from a Mohave County Supervisor, Hilda Angius, was published here (“Think twice before voting for Dial,” AFN, Aug. 10). Angius correctly stated that Jeff Dial had sponsored a bill that was to relieve tax liability for a group of land owners in Mohave County. What was not stated was that this bill, unanimously approved by both sides of the aisle in both the Legislature and Senate, signed by the governor, approved by the legislative attorneys gave this relief to 30-plus land owners who had been in a 23-year court battle with the federal government over ownership of this property. The county attorney’s office had given permission for these owners to not pay the property taxes during this litigation. Unfortunately, the attorney general’s office and a liberal federal judge found the bill needed more clarity to make it meet the muster of the Arizona constitution.
Ah, summertime in Arizona. A time for cooling off in the backyard swimming pool, barbecuing with family and neighbors and planning our seasonal escapes to cooler climates. It’s also the time when living in an energy-efficient home can mean the difference between receiving a monthly electricity bill that’s manageable and one that causes your blood to boil.
If the prospect of asking your aging parents about the way they handle their household finances — or how they’d feel about moving to a nursing home — fills you with apprehension, you are not alone. However, it’s the kind of conversation you can’t afford to delay indefinitely. As your parents get older, it’s critical to sit down with them and talk about their health and financial well-being — before urgent decisions are forced on you.
Most people believe that retirement begins around the age of 60, give or take a few years. It is a time when we are no longer at work, and we are free to spend our time doing whatever we want. That is likely true for many retirees, but it is also partly true for everyone with a job … at least for some of the time.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rates the relative quality of the private plans that are offered to Medicare beneficiaries through the Medicare Advantage program. CMS rates Medicare Advantage plans on a one- to five-star scale, the highest quality being five stars. This star rating provides an overall measure of the plan’s quality and is an indication of the quality of care, access to care, responsiveness, and beneficiary satisfaction provided by the Medicare Advantage plan. This means that the higher the star rating a plan receives, the more likely you are to receive the care you need, when and where you need it - and most of all, you are more likely to be satisfied with your plan.
This spring, as tragic reports surfaced of veterans dying while waiting for care at the Phoenix VA, I hosted a town hall forum at Burton Barr Central Library where the families of four veterans who passed away stood before a packed room to tell their stories.
It’s back-to-school time again. If you have young children, you might be hustling them to the store for backpacks and binders. But if you fast-forward a few years, you can envision driving your kids a little farther — to their college dorms. And when that day comes, you’ll want to be financially prepared. So you’ll want to avoid making costly mistakes when preparing for, and paying, those big bills. Here are some of the most common of these errors:
Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act (HR2283). If signed into law, this legislation would elevate the U.S. government’s Trafficking in Persons Office to a State Department Bureau, a change that would help ensure that human trafficking is upheld as a foreign policy priority for the United States. The bill doesn’t add cost or bureaucracy and would be a critical step forward in the fight against human trafficking, a crime which enslaves nearly 30 million people worldwide.
The Thunder look to return to their winning ways behind a talented junior class and a group of committed seniors in 2014.Produced by David JolkovskiNarration by Jason P. SkodaInterviews (in order of appearance):Cade van RaaphorstTJ RobertsAlex FarinaDrew McIntyreCoach Dan HindsAdrian PerezAndrew MacnairSaxon McDonald