Tag: benefits

2013 Unemployment Benefits Extension Approved

[2013 Unemployment Benefits Extension – January 2013 update] Congress and the Obama administration have reached an agreement that will extend federal unemployment insurance benefits (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) into 2013 following the latest round… Read more »

COLA Increase Provides a Raise for Social Security Income and Benefits to Federal and Military Retirees

[2014 COLA Increase Update]  The Congressional Budget Office has forecast a 1.5% COLA raise based on preliminary data. This is 0.2% less than the 2013 increase discussed below. For more… Read more »

2016 – 2017 Food Stamp (SNAP) Income Eligibility Levels, Deductions and Benefit Allotment Payments

2017 Update – The USDA has published 2017 details for its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  The income thresholds and monthly benefit details are valid till September 2017 and reflect minor increases… Read more »

2012 COLA (Cost-of-Living Adjustment) 3.6% Increase for Social Security, SSI, Federal Retirees and Medicare Premiums

[Updated October 19 – Official 2012 COLA Increase is 3.6%] The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that the Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than… Read more »

Obama’s 2012 Job Creation Stimulus and Tax Cuts – Can the New Economic Plan Really Boost The Economy and Lower Unemployment?

[Update – American Jobs Act a.k.a 2012 Economic Stimulus] In what is essentially the 2012 stimulus package, President Obama has released details on the American Jobs Act which involves spending… Read more »

How Much A Debt Deal Will Cost You With Higher Taxes, Fewer Deductions, Lower Benefits and Working Longer

[Update as of July 23rd] It’s time to pay for the American dream. In various discussions around how to cut the national debt, so that we don’t have to keep… Read more »