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  • Families of beheaded US reporters warned not to pay ransoms (could've faced prosecution)

    09/13/2014 2:41:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    MSN ^ | 9/13/14
    The families of two journalists beheaded by Islamic State jihadists were both warned by US government officials they could face prosecution if they raised a ransom for their release. The recent executions of James Foley and Steven Sotloff by Islamic State (IS) extremists triggered worldwide revulsion and Washington has since declared it is at war with the radicals. The United States has a policy of never paying ransoms, contending that doing so would endanger Americans all over the world. Late Friday, a spokesman for Sotloff's family said the murdered journalist's parents were told by a White House counterterrorism official last...
  • November ballot won’t ask Californians about yanking pay of suspended lawmakers (Yee's missiles)

    08/19/2014 3:29:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | 8/18/14 | Laurel Rosenhall
    **SNIP** “The pro tem still wishes the bill to be considered before the end of session, and that would put the constitutional amendment on the 2016 ballot,” said Steinberg spokesman Rhys Williams. Steinberg proposed the measure after the upper house took the unprecedented step in March of suspending three of its members while maintaining their pay. Democratic Sens. Leland Yee of San Francisco and Ron Calderon of Montebello face federal bribery charges in separate cases resulting from undercover FBI stings. Sen. Rod Wright of Baldwin Hills was found guilty of perjury and voter fraud by a Los Angeles jury in...
  • Politics Pays: No society can long thrive by making its innovators subservient to its bureaucrats.

    06/29/2014 3:41:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    The National Review ^ | 6-29-14 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Chelsea Clinton, from her $10.5 million perch on Gramercy Park, declares that she finds it impossible to care about money. Bill and Hillary Clinton, shuttling between their multimillion-dollar homes — Chappaqua, Washington, the $200,000-a-month rental in the Hamptons — denounce the wicked rich and protest that they are not “truly well off.” A professor of poverty and left-wing activist at the University of North Carolina School of Law is paid $200,000 per annum to teach a single class; anti-inequality crusader Elizabeth Warren was paid $350,000 per annum to teach a single class and thinks deeply about the plight of the...
  • Lawmakers Could Be Suspended Without Pay (California & shoulder fired missiles)

    05/29/2014 2:58:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 5/27/14
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — The state Senate has passed a proposed constitutional amendment permitting the Legislature to suspend members without pay. SCA17 passed Tuesday on a 31-3 vote. Among those voting no was a Republican lawmaker who wanted to halt tax collections for the constituents of three suspended lawmakers. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg introduced the measure after the chamber voted to suspend the Democratic lawmakers in March. Sens. Ron Calderon and Leland Yee face federal corruption charges, while Sen. Rod Wright was convicted for lying about living in his district.
  • Vancouver teacher may have had children 'pay to potty'

    05/28/2014 9:29:37 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 13 replies
    kirotv ^ | 5/20/2014 | kirotv
    A lesson on the value of a dollar may have gone too far in southern Washington. A school district is investigating claims a teacher caused a student to wet their pants at school. At Mill Plain Elementary in Vancouver, third grade students earn play money to buy treats. Some students said they have to use that money to get bathroom breaks, too. In the last week, there were two cases in which children chose to spend the money on the treat instead of a trip to the bathroom.
  • Which Michigan School Districts Pay The Most?

    05/09/2014 8:06:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/7/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    The average teacher salary in Michigan's top 10 highest paying districts for 2013 was over $81,000 per year. But there appears to be no correlation between higher paid educators and student outcomes. The information comes from the latest Bulletin 1014, which was just made available from the Michigan Department of Education. The most generous paying districts, in order, are Westwood Community School District*, Warren Consolidated Schools, Center Line Public Schools, Walled Lake Consolidated Schools, Harper Woods School District, Livonia Public School District, Allen Park Public Schools, Utica Community Schools, Grosse Pointe Public Schools and Saline Area Schools. According to an...
  • Eliminating the Salaries of All McDonald's Management Would Give Each Worker a 1.5 Cent Raise

    04/29/2014 1:40:34 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 14 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/26/2014 | Tom Gantert
    As a union tries to make CEO pay an issue, others question the comparison. Economist Antony Davies said that if McDonald's were to not pay its CEO or all senior management and instead divide those tens of millions of dollars among the minimum wage workers, each employee would end up earning about 1.5 cents more per hour. But some groups are using executive compensation to try and drive a public discussion. The AFL-CIO launched a website that is critical of some salaries, including the heads of some Michigan companies. The union reports that a minimum wage employee would have to...
  • Idiot Sgt. Major Michael Barrett Pushes for Lower Pay for Marines Saying “It Will Raise Discipline”

    04/10/2014 5:01:45 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 59 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-10-2014 | Jim Hoft
    Sgt. Major Michael Barrett greets Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. (American Military News) Idiot Sgt. Major Michael Barrett, the highest enlisted member of the US Marine Corps, told Congress Marines don’t need higher pay. Barrett said he believes lower pay will “raise discipline.” Nice job looking out for your brothers, Sergeant Major. American Military News reported: The highest enlisted member of the United States Marine Corps said that lowering salary of Marines will “raise discipline” and make Marines less wasteful. The comments come as a debate in Washington talks about cutting active duty member pay in order to make sharp...
  • Per Obama, Female Soldiers Should Make Less Money than Males

    04/10/2014 4:45:19 AM PDT · by Desperado67 · 12 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 04/09/2014 | Rob Binsrick
    In his latest White House teleprompter reading on Tuesday, President Barack Obama railed against the alleged problem of pay inequality between male and female workers. He stated assertively at one point, "Equal pay for equal work, it's not that complicated." Obama also signed two more executive orders that are tangental to the issue. So assuming that Obama is a man of his word, it is fair to say that he is about to embark on his own latest 'war on women' and declare that female members of the U.S. Army should be paid less than their male counterparts. How can...
  • General Tells Congress Troops Are Willing To Sacrifice Pay

    04/04/2014 8:36:06 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 58 replies
    American Military News ^ | March 31, 2014 | Editorial Staff
    In testimony to Congress last week, military leaders told Congress that military personnel are understanding as to why they must take pay cuts. The officials told Congress that troops are ready and willing to sacrifice their pay. The officials said that pay cuts must come first over making cuts to equipment and training, and that the troops understand this best. ____________ Senior Pentagon officials told Congress on Tuesday that troops are willing to sacrifice portions of their pay and benefits if it means keeping and improving the training and equipment needed to do their jobs. Vice Adm. William F. Moran,...
  • Moran: Members Can’t Afford to Live Decently in D.C. (Audio) (exempt RAT wants a raise)

    04/04/2014 2:52:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 55 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 4/03/14 | Hannah Hess
    Despite what constituents outside of Washington might think, members of Congress are underpaid, a House Legislative Branch appropriator suggested Thursday. Virginia Democrat James P. Moran said he plans to highlight the injustice by introducing an amendment to the Legislative Branch bill during its full committee markup, and at floor consideration of the bill. Moran made the comments while the bill that funds member’s $174,000 salaries was being marked up in the Legislative Branch subcommittee. “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran told CQ Roll Call. “I understand that it’s widely felt that...
  • Miami police officers hold protest over cuts [Can't figure out why $$ has been short since 2009]

    02/28/2014 6:21:30 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | 2/27/14 | Michael Putney
    A group of Miami police officers marched into Thursday's city commission meeting ready to fight over what they call "unjust cuts."
  • Minimum wage talk has university officials concerned

    02/21/2014 5:42:26 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 12 replies
    The Southern ^ | 2/21/14 | KURT ERICKSON
    Raising the minimum wage could cost Illinois' cash-strapped universities millions of dollars in added wages for their student workforce. With lawmakers warning of tough budget times in the fiscal year beginning July 1, the proposal to bump the wage from its current level of $8.25 an hour to $10 or more an hour is raising red flags among university officials. At SIU, for example, President Glenn Poshard said an increase could cost his institution $3.2 million in additional wages at a time when the General Assembly may be considering further cuts in aid to high education. "We need an increase...
  • Are nonprofit hospital execs overpaid? SEIU thinks you should have a vote (Oregon)

    02/15/2014 10:27:47 AM PST · by aimhigh · 7 replies
    Portland Business Journal ^ | 02/12/2014 | Elizabeth Hayes
    (Ballot) Initiative No. 39 seeks to limit nonprofit hospital executive compensation to 15 times the annual wage of the lowest paid employee. Current law sets no cap on compensation, but rather, it is considered reasonable if it is comparable to similarly situated executives, even those at for profit health organizations, according to a summary of the measure. The measure would limit the share the hospital may contribute when the compensation is paid by a parent corporation, health system or combination. It requires annual public reports and authorizes civil penalties for violation.
  • White House Denies Gender Hypocrisy

    02/01/2014 12:05:34 PM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 31 Jan 2014 | John Semmens
    In his State-of-the-Union speech, President Obama denounced pay inequities between men and women. Critics expressing doubts about his sincerity cited the fact that on the President's own staff men are paid more than women. Among White House employees the 228 women pull down a median annual salary of $65,000 while 231 male staffers receive nearly $75,000. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough denied any hypocrisy on the part of the President. “Salaries at the White House are based on factors that consider skills, experience, level of education, and performance on the job,” McDonough said. “To use the raw data...
  • JPMorgan boosts CEO Dimon’s Pay to $20 Million

    01/24/2014 12:06:56 PM PST · by lbryce · 6 replies
    AP via Washington Post ^ | January 24, 2014 | Staff
    JPMorgan Chase almost doubled Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon’s pay for 2013, rewarding the executive for settling probes against the bank. Dimon will receive total compensation of $20 million in 2013, consisting of $18.5 million in stock options and a base salary of $1.5 million, the bank said in a statement Friday.
  • Black male judge’s pay sparks outcry

    12/28/2013 8:48:21 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 22 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/28/13 | Matt Stout
    A scathing discrimination complaint is pitting three appointees of Gov. Deval Patrick against his own administration, accusing it of paying a black male administrative judge more than three women who hold the same job, including former Democratic state Sen. Cheryl Jacques. The three Patrick-appointed administrative judges at the Department of Industrial Accidents say officials led by state labor boss Joanne Goldstein lavished a six-figure starting salary and prime downtown parking space on Judge Michael Williams, who, according to the complaint, has less experience. “Would you want to bite the hand that feeds you? None of us want to do that....
  • AP: Military Personnel Make Enough Money to Survive Pension Cuts

    12/24/2013 6:25:34 AM PST · by Zakeet · 63 replies
    Brietbart Big Government ^ | December 23, 2013 | Awr Hawkins
    With veterans' groups fighting against cuts in military pensions, the Associated Press (AP) is out with a story suggesting that in light of active duty military pay, healthcare, and "quality of life" benefits, retiring military personnel should be able to the weather the cuts that Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has pushed through. According to the AP, "compensation" for active duty military "is competitive with the private sector." They try to bolster this point by showing that "an Army private with fewer than two years of service and no dependents earns on average about $40,000 annually." Later in the paragraph they...
  • Bill Would Allow Automatic Pay Increases For Public Safety Employees

    12/04/2013 7:43:42 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/1/2013 | Jack Spencer
    A new bill giving public safety employees a carve out from a key labor reform is in the House Commerce Committee. Public Act 54 of 2011 banned seniority-based automatic pay raises for individual government employees when a union contract has expired and no replacement has been negotiated. Before enactment of the law, union members could get automatic pay increases while new contracts were being negotiated, which served as a disincentive to reaching agreements. But House Bill 5097, which has 23 co-sponsors, would exempt law enforcement and fire department employees from the law. Specifically, the exemption would apply to employees who...
  • Swiss Voters Reject Measure Curbing Executive Pay

    11/25/2013 8:37:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    NPR ^ | 11/25/2013 | EYDER PERALTA
    Swiss voters rejected a measure on Sunday that would have capped executive pay to no more than 12 times that of the company's lowest paid worker. As NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reported, the ballot initiative was driven by the youth wing of the Social Democratic Party, which said that CEO pay has been increasing at an alarming rate. Twenty-five years ago, David Roth, head of the party's youth wing, told Eleanor, Swiss CEOs made six times more than the average worker. Today they earn 40 times as much. The Swiss, however, voted against the measure in large numbers — 65.3 percent...
  • Swiss vote against cap on executive pay: TV

    11/24/2013 7:44:00 AM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    afp ^ | 24 November 2013 | Jonathan Fowler
    Two-thirds of Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a referendum to cap executive pay at 12 times the wage of a firm's lowest earner ... Switzerland, which has long boasted a business-friendly climate coupled with one of the highest average salaries in the world, has largely avoided the economic crisis dogging the European Union, of which it is a staunch non-member. The referendum campaign was spearheaded by the Socialist Party, plus the Greens and trade unions.
  • Digital First Media bringing online subscription model to Daily Camera, Longmont Times-Call

    11/19/2013 12:12:45 PM PST · by catnipman · 3 replies
    Longmont Times-Call ^ | 11/19/2013 | staff
    Digital First Media, the second-largest newspaper company in the United States, is adopting an all-access subscription model for its newspapers, including the Daily Camera in Boulder, the Longmont Times-Call and the Loveland Reporter-Herald. ...
  • Swiss referendum may limit executive pay

    11/17/2013 7:30:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/16/2013 | Thomas Lifson
    The green eyed monster, envy, is inflaming people all around the world, even in usually sensible, pro-business, rich Switzerland. The Swiss, great believers in direct democracy, are going to the polls this week to vote on a referendum that would limit executive pay to a multiple of 12 times the pay of the lowest-salaried worker in an enterprise. Neil Maclucas of the Wall Street Journal writes: On Nov. 24, voters will be asked to approve or reject the 1:12 Initiative for Fair Pay, which organizers say would address a growing wealth gap in Switzerland. The initiative is premised on the...
  • State Workers Earn $5.8 Billion More Annually in Benefits Than Private Sector Employees

    10/24/2013 10:12:37 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/24/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    In Michigan, the difference in benefits between state and local government workers and the average taxpayer who supports them is $5.8 billion per year, according to a new study. If the state eliminated that discrepancy, the Michigan income tax could be cut in half and there still would be money left over. Larger demands from pension funds and ever-increasing insurance premiums have been blamed for local government fiscal stress, but few citizens realize how big the gap truly is between private and public sector workers. And as compensation costs for government workers has increased much faster than the average taxpayers'...
  • Troops Forage for Food While Golfers Play

    10/03/2013 5:20:13 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 67 replies
    "Grocery stores on Army bases in the U.S. are closed. The golf course at Andrews Air Force base is open."
  • Doctor Shocker: Patients Might Have to Pay for Their Own Prescriptions!

    10/01/2013 11:47:01 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 35 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 10-1-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    October 01, 2013 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Martin in Cadillac, Michigan, as we start on the phones. I promised we'd go to the phones and we're gonna do it. Hi, Martin. Glad to have you here. CALLER: Thank you for taking my phone call, Rush. RUSH: You bet. CALLER: As I mentioned to the screener, as of October 1st, as part of the Medicaid expansion in the state of Michigan, the Health and Human Services mandate is that any doctor who is not a Medicaid enrolled provider -- if he writes in the labs, x-rays, or prescriptions, Medicaid will not reimburse...
  • Shutdown: Hundreds of thousands will go without pay as federal government loses funding

    09/30/2013 11:07:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 64 replies
    The federal government shut down for the first time in 17 years last night. Lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled Senate and Republican-controlled Congress failed to pass a budget allowing for the federal government to continue to be funded as it headed into the new fiscal year at midnight. Late night negotiations ended in deadlock after the Senate Democrats refused to consider any version of the budget that included changes to President Obama's signature health care law. This lack of compromise means that nearly a million federal workers will go on unpaid leave until the two legislative bodies come to an agreement....
  • Government shutdown: Senate sends Obama military pay bill

    09/30/2013 2:56:59 PM PDT · by familyop · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | 30SEP13 | AUSTIN WRIGHT
    A House-passed bill to ensure the military gets paid under any government shutdown was approved without dissent in the Senate on Monday — a rare bipartisan agreement as Congress stumbled toward midnight when the fiscal year ends and current appropriations expire. The measure, now on its way to President Barack Obama’s desk, would also ensure continued pay for civilian employees of the Defense Department and Pentagon contractors whom Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel determines “are providing support to members of the Armed Forces.” Put forward by House Republicans, the bill is considered good politics for the GOP, since analysts suggest the...
  • Kerry: Arab Countries Offered to Pay for Invasion

    09/04/2013 2:50:13 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 158 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 09 04 2013 | Aaron Blake
    Secretary of State John Kerry said at Wednesday’s hearing that Arab counties have offered to pay for the entirety of unseating President Bashar al-Assad if the United States took the lead militarily. “With respect to Arab countries offering to bear costs and to assess, the answer is profoundly yes,” Kerry said. “They have. That offer is on the table.” Asked by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) about how much those countries would contribute, Kerry said they have offered to pay for all of a full invasion.
  • Pay to See Senator Speak

    08/21/2013 9:18:55 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 4 replies
    WNDU.COM ^ | 8-21-13
    " U.S. Senator Dan Coats has canceled a trip to Michiana. The senator was supposed to speak in Elkhart at a Lerner Theater reception on Wednesday. But The Elkhart Truth reports that business in Washington, D.C. is keeping him away. Those who registered for the reception should have been contacted Tuesday about a refund.
  • We’re No. 1 — In Public-Employee Pay: Better than the private sector and other countries

    08/12/2013 7:41:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/12/2013 | Andrew G. Biggs
    Amid the recent hubbub over municipal bankruptcies and rising public-employee pension costs, pay for state and local government employees has gotten a great deal of publicity. Lost in the press attention, however, is that federal-employee compensation remains a problem, too, and new data again indicate that Washington, D.C., may be overpaying for the two million workers it employs. In a 2011 AEI paper with Jason Richwine, I concluded that federal workers receive salaries and benefits around 37 percent higher than do private-sector workers with similar levels of education and experience. This prompted congressional requests for the Congressional Budget Office to...
  • State lawmakers to miss at least one more paycheck (Illinois)

    08/06/2013 6:34:40 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/06/13 | Monique Garcia
    Gov. Pat Quinn, in full re-election mode, took the unusual step of showing up in court today for the first hearing in lawmakers' effort to get their paychecks restored after the governor suspended their pay citing a lack of action on pension reform. The hearing before Cook County Judge Neil H. Cohen was brief and laid out the schedule of paperwork to be filed before oral arguments take place on Sep. 18. That means lawmakers stand to miss at least one more paycheck (on Sept. 1) before a ruling comes down on their request to turn the paycheck spigot back...
  • Feds pay Columbus Police to set up roadblock checkpoints in broad daylight

    08/02/2013 5:30:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    youtube ^ | 8/2/13 | NBC4
    Daylight checkpoints
  • The Wrong People Care About CEO Pay, And They Care For The Wrong Reasons

    07/19/2013 7:20:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/19/2013 | Jeffrey Dorfman
    The New York Times editorialized against “lavish” executive pay this past Sunday (July 14). I agree with The Times editorial board that there are problems with executive pay, but disagree completely with their editorial. They may be right that CEO pay is excessive, but it is for the wrong reasons. In particular, their arguments against high executive pay are irrelevant and they miss the one valid argument to rein it in. First, The Times is worried about the pay gap, the difference between CEO pay and the earnings of the average company employee. They report that average CEO is paid...
  • 10 Unusual Jobs That Pay Surprisingly Well

    07/15/2013 2:18:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/15/2013 | Jacquelyn Smith, Forbes Staff
    According to the BLS, embalmers earn $43,680 a year. The top 10% bring in $62,230, on average. Embalming is one of the oldest-known professions, and entails getting bodies ready for interment based on legal requirements. Elsewhere in the industry, funeral service managers make $79,930 a year, on average. Top earners in this line of work are paid $140,740 a year for planning, directing, or coordinating the services or resources of funeral homes. Another unusual job that pays fairly well: Genetic counselors. According to BLS data, there are only 2,000 of these professionals in the U.S. right now. What do they...
  • DOD eyes trimming danger-pay regions; for some it’s a ‘slap in the face’

    07/11/2013 9:34:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 7/11/13 | Chris Carroll
    WASHINGTON — Top defense officials were to meet Thursday to discuss trimming the list of countries where servicemembers’ paychecks are pumped up by imminent danger pay. The officials were considering eliminating imminent danger pay in 18 countries and 5 waterways around the world that military officials believe may no longer be hazardous enough to warrant the extra pay. According to a Wednesday report from The Associated Press, that could affect up to 56,000 troops who serve in, sail through or fly over designated danger zones, saving the department $120 million annually. A defense official who spoke on the condition of...
  • Pentagon eyes cuts in danger pay

    07/10/2013 12:25:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 7-10-2013
    The Pentagon is eyeing plans to eliminate danger pay for service members in as many as 18 countries and five waterways around the world, saving about $120 million each year while taking a bite out of troops' salaries, The Associated Press has learned. Senior defense and military leaders are expected to meet later this week to review the matter and are poised to approve a new plan. Pentagon press secretary George Little declined to discuss details but said no final decisions have been made.
  • Many part-timers to lose pay amid health act's new math

    05/12/2013 8:45:00 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 64 replies
    la times/pioneer press ^ | 5-12-13 | chad tehune
    Many part-timers are facing a double whammy from President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The law requires large employers offering health insurance to include part-time employees working 30 hours a week or more. But rather than provide health care to more workers, a growing number of employers are cutting back employee hours instead. The result: Not only will these workers earn less money, but they'll also miss out on health insurance at work. Consider the city of Long Beach, Calif. It is limiting most of its 1,600 part-time employees to fewer than 27 hours a week, on average. City officials...
  • Docs May See Pay Delay Under ACA Exchanges

    04/16/2013 2:54:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Med Page Today ^ | 4/13/13 | David Pittman, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Physicians could face dramatic financial challenges for treating patients who receive health coverage through the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) exchanges starting next year. Insurance companies will not process claims on patients who haven't paid their premiums in 3 months, leaving doctors on the hook to recoup payment directly from the patients. The ACA provides a 3-month grace period to individuals who haven't paid their premiums, and the provision could prove problematic for physicians, said Elizabeth McNeil, vice president of federal government relations at the California Medical Association (CMA) in Sacramento. Plans will hold off on processing claims...
  • Obama's Silly Pay Cut Stunt Exposed

    04/03/2013 2:56:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Fox ^ | 4/3/13 | Philip Bump
    In a measure of solidarity with those affected by the budget-slashing government sequestration, President Obama is giving up 5 percent of his salary for rest of the year, which is almost as admirable and sensible as a mansion-owner shutting off his marble fountains during a drought. This is not to imply that the president shouldn't demonstrate some unity with those who've been furloughed or lost work because of the blind slashing the sequestration prompted. People like Jeff Maryak, profiled by BuzzFeed, who is considering re-enlisting to make ends meet after a 27 percent pay cut. People like those who've lost...
  • 70% of Highest-Paid Obama White House Staffers Are Men ( Obama WH women earn 88pct of mens wage)

    03/20/2013 1:47:04 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 5 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 3-20-13 | Micael James
    Seventy-percent of the White House staffers who made the top annual salary of $172,200 in 2012 were men and 30 percent were women, according to a White House report on staff compensation. In addition, men on the White House staff are paid, on average, $86,260.89 and women are paid, on average, $76,162.65. That means the average man on the White House staff is paid about $10,098--about 13 percent--more than the average woman. In Obama's White House, women on average earn only 88.3 percent of what the men earn.
  • Average Michigan Government Employee Compensation Exceeds Six Figures For The First Time

    02/21/2013 2:36:06 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/20/2013 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Civil Service Commission’s website boasts: "Invest your talent with the state of Michigan. The rewards are enormous." In fact, for the first time, the average salary and benefit package for state employees surpassed $100,000 a year in 2011-2012. The average combined cost of salary and benefits for a state worker jumped to $104,067 in 2011-12, increasing from $97,883 in 2010-11. James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, did the analysis using the Michigan Civil Service Commission’s certified aggregate payroll. When factoring in inflation, the cost of benefits for a state employee...
  • Michigan Teachers Rank No. 2 For Salary

    02/12/2013 12:24:51 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/5/2013 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan teachers rank second in the nation in terms of salary when the cost-of-living is factored in, according to an analysis done by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Maryland ranked No. 1; Illinois was No. 3 followed by New York and California. The analysis of salaries comes after Michigan Superintendent of Education Mike Flanagan said he would like to see all full-time public schools teachers make $100,000 a year in salary, which he said would attract higher quality teachers. Michael Van Beek, education policy director at the Mackinac Center, estimated it would take $4.2 billion to increase all teachers...
  • Obama to propose 1 percent pay hike for federal employees

    02/09/2013 11:58:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 59 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/08/13 | Joe Davidson
    President Obama will propose a 1 percent pay raise for federal civilian employees in the administration’s fiscal 2014 budget proposal, the Washington Post has learned. At the same time, the House plans to vote soon on legislation that would extend the current freeze on basic pay rates through the end of calendar 2013. The freeze was originally set for two years and scheduled to expire at the end of last year, but it was extended until a temporary budget measure expires next month. When the measure expires, federal employees will receive a 0.5 percent raise for the remainder of 2013,...
  • Contentions Hagel: “Let the Jews Pay for it”

    01/06/2013 7:26:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Commentary Mag ^ | 1/4/13 | Alana Goodman
    Adam Kredo reports that Chuck Hagel’s anti-Israel animosity was obvious well before his career in Congress. While heading up the USO, he clashed with Jewish leaders over a USO port in Haifa: Hagel, who served as president and CEO of the World USO from 1987 to 1990, expressed intense opposition to the USO Haifa Center during a tumultuous 1989 meeting with Jewish leaders, according to multiple sources involved in the fight to keep the post open. “He said to me, ‘Let the Jews pay for it’,” said Marsha Halteman, director for military and law enforcement programs at the Jewish Institute...
  • Obama pick: "Let the Jews Pay for it"

    01/06/2013 7:22:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 1/5/13 | Pamela Geller
    Back in early December, I posted on Obama's soon-to-be-announced Jew-hater pick for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. Much handwringing and chatter followed from Obama's Jews, as if they have anything to say. lml Did they really think Obama would change his mind? He knew what he was doing. There was no way Obama was going to withdraw this Jew-hater. Obama has been crapping on the Jews since he took power, and instead of throwing his pro-jihad ass out in 2012, they line up for more abuse with a knife and fork: "Please, sir, may we have some more?" Obama expected...
  • Pelosi suggests top earners pay even more in taxes (no specifics given)

    01/06/2013 8:07:46 AM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies
    US News ^ | 1/06/13
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi isn't ruling out pushing for upper-income earners to pay more even after the "fiscal cliff" deal that raised their taxes. She tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that "I'm saying that's not off the table." The California Democrats isn't getting into specifics but she does discuss changes to tax law that might involve deductions and other breaks.
  • Expect some pay-stub confusion ('Making Work Pay' 2 percent hike in withholding?)

    01/01/2013 5:58:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | 12/31/12 | Jordyn Dahl
    The Internal Revenue Service typically distributes withholding tables to employers at the end of November that reflect changes to the federal income-tax rate, but no tables have been sent for the New Year, said Mark Betts, payroll director for ASAP Accounting & Payroll Services Inc. in Durango. **SNIP** Employees should be prepared to take home 2 percent less pay in their checks this year as the Social Security payroll tax cut expires. President Barack Obama initially included the tax cut extension in his fiscal cliff negotiations, but it has not been included in recent proposals. The tax cut was intended...
  • New Evidence Confirms Federal Bureaucrats Don’t Work Very Hard, Paid Too Much

    12/14/2012 7:36:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    My Cato Institute colleague, Chris Edwards, put together a remarkable (and depressing) chart showing that federal bureaucrats get almost twice the level of compensation as workers in the productive sector of the economy. Defenders of the bureaucracy (including a federal pay panel dominated by bureaucrats) claim that government employees actually are underpaid because…well…just because.My modest contribution to the debate was to put together a chart based on the Labor Department’s JOLTS data, which shows that bureaucrats are far less likely to voluntarily leave their jobs than folks in the private sector, which is very strong evidence that they are being...
  • Take-Home Pays (Parody Lyrics for Separate Ways by Journey)

    11/26/2012 11:15:04 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs
    Now | Me
    Here they vote. They're a joke. They all want to mooch, mooch, mooch. Precious rights, losing fights. We're paying for you, you, you. Feeling freedom's gone, can tax our minds. When we can't go on, to survive the tide, their debt provides. Someday debt will find them; latch those chains of Biden. One right will remind you, how he taxed and spent our take-home pays. If tyrants usurp you, true debt won't desert you. You'll know he'll still tax you, though he taxed and spent our take-home pays. Double-time, caught between delusion and change, change, change. Campaign lies, promises he...