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  • Will next governor pave the way for more public-private partnerships?

    10/11/2016 7:05:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Indiana Lawyer ^ | October 11, 2016 | Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
    The controversial 2006 lease of the Indiana Toll Road paved the way for highway projects funded by public-private partnerships in Indiana — including the relatively smooth and nearly finished building of a bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville and the beleaguered construction of a 21-mile stretch of Interstate 69 from Bloomington to Martinsville. Indiana’s next governor — whose road-funding agenda will likely shape discussions at next year’s budget session of the Indiana General Assembly — will have a major role in crafting future deals to fund projects and maintain the state’s infrastructure. The question is whether the state will...
  • I-69 work needs more supervision

    10/11/2016 12:50:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Daily Journal ^ | October 11, 2016 | Bloomington Herald-Times
    The state of Indiana needs to do a better job of looking out for the interests of Hoosiers, especially Monroe County Hoosiers, when it comes to construction of Interstate 69. Section 5 of the project, the part that starts just south of Bloomington and goes north to Martinsville, has run into problems. Not for the first time. Again, the private development company the state picked to build the highway has fallen behind on payments for work thats been done. So major contractor Crider & Crider of Bloomington has stopped working, again, until it gets paid. State officials arent saying so,...
  • Iran may have received up to $33.6B in cash, gold payments from US (Not $1.7B)

    09/09/2016 11:51:38 AM PDT · by WENDLE · 98 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/9/2016 | By Adam Kredo
    <p>Iran may have received an additional $33.6 billion in secret cash and gold payments facilitated by the Obama administration between 2014 and 2016, according to testimony provided before Congress by an expert on last summers nuclear agreement with Iran.</p> <p>Between January 2014 and July 2015, when the Obama administration was hammering out the final details of the nuclear accord, Iran was paid $700 million every month from funds that had previously been frozen by U.S. sanctions.</p>
  • Stores to customers: "Cash not welcome here"

    08/13/2016 1:53:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 12, 2016 | Aimee Picchi
    To get a glimpse of the future of commerce in America, look no further than Sweden. The Scandinavian country is largely a cashless society, with consumers relying on mobile phone payments or plastic. While the U.S. is still far from achieving the same level of cash-free existence, increasing numbers of restaurants and retailers are now snubbing the lowly dollar bill. Some merchants such as SweetGreen, a salad chain, refuse to open their registers for cash, telling customers they can pay only with mobile payments or cards. With some newer vending machines, only a card or mobile wallet will get that...
  • Why Hillary Clinton Will NEVER Release Transcripts Of Her Paid Speeches

    05/04/2016 12:10:55 AM PDT · by MIA_eccl1212 · 41 replies
    The Young Turks ^ | 2/9/2016 | The Young Turks
    Hillary Clinton assures us that she's not at all biased by the $675,000 she's received from Goldman Sachs for paid speeches. An attendee of one of Clinton's Goldman Sachs speeches spoke with Politico and revealed why Clinton won't release the transcripts of the speeches. Cenk Uygur host of The Young Turks breaks down the story. more comments...
  • Government Sends Obamacare Payments Without Verification

    01/08/2016 8:34:24 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 10 replies
    Americans for Tax reform ^ | 1/7/16 | Alexander Hendrie
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) does not have adequate procedures in place to ensure tax credit payments were properly sent to enrollees as required by federal law, according to a new report by the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG). The report marks the eighth time in less than a year that a government watchdog has raised concerns over the federal government’s ability to properly administer and monitor Obamacare. As HHS OIG noted, CMS has “sole responsibility” for ensuring that tax credits were properly distributed to paying enrollees. Following this confirmation, the IRS...
  • Andrew Cuomo and his Kennedy ex-wife have battled for years over child support as 'he didn't make a

    12/07/2015 10:45:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/07/15 | Regina F. Graham
    Andrew Cuomo and his Kennedy ex-wife have battled for years over child support as 'he didn't make any payments' New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his ex-wife Kerry Kennedy have been reportedly battling for years over 'substantial' child support payments for their three daughters. According to the New York Post, for the past at least two years, the former couple has been involved in 'lawyer-assisted go-rounds over substantial amounts' of child support payments, and finally reached an agreement about some of the obligations two weeks ago. Sources told the Post that Cuomo, 58, and Kennedy, 56, continued to fight over...
  • Power Grab: STIB Directly Paying Companies Millions

    09/20/2015 10:17:42 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Nerve ^ | June 1, 2015 | Rick Brundrett
    Most folks probably think of the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank as just that – a bank that finances major highway and bridge projects. S.C. Rep. Chip Limehouse, R-Charleston and a member of the Infrastructure Bank (STIB) Board of Directors, described the bank, created by the Legislature in 1997, as a “funding arm” in a recent (Charleston) Post & Courier story. But in addition to providing funding to the state Department of Transportation and local governments, STIB in recent years also has assumed the role of a general contractor or project manager, paying millions of dollars directly to certain companies for...
  • They Are Slowly Making Cash Illegal

    03/29/2015 6:44:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    TEC ^ | 03/29/2015 | Michael Snyder
    The move to a cashless society won’t happen overnight. Instead, it is being implemented very slowly and systematically in a series of incremental steps. All over the planet, governments are starting to place restrictions on the use of cash for security reasons. As citizens, we are being told that this is being done to thwart criminals, terrorists, drug runners, money launderers and tax evaders. Other forms of payment are much easier for governments to track, and so they very much prefer them. But we are rapidly getting to the point where the use of cash is considered to be a...
  • Ten Years Later, The Question Remains: How On Earth Do You Lose $6.6 Billion?

    11/17/2014 4:21:15 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 11-17-14 | Gerald D. Skoning
    My friends succinct reaction to the amazing headline was, How do you lose $6.6 billion? How indeed! Despite a full decade of audits and investigations, Pentagon officials still cannot say what happened to $6.6 billion in cash that was intended for the Development Fund for Iraq. Apparently, it just disappeared. Was it just misplaced in an accounting error, or was it stolen? Who knows? Apparently, the Pentagon has no idea. Ah, the perils of the fog of war that covers up all sorts of foul play. Its little wonder the money disappeared. After the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the...
  • DEA payments to Amtrak employee being investigated

    08/26/2014 4:09:48 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8-26-14
    Hundreds of thousands of dollars in alleged payments by Drug Enforcement Administration personnel to an Amtrak employee are being investigated by the Justice Department inspector general's office. The announcement by Jay Lerner, a spokesman for the IG's office, follows the disclosure by Amtrak's inspector general that DEA paid an Amtrak secretary $854,460 over nearly 20 years to obtain confidential information about train passengers that the drug-fighting agency could have lawfully obtained for free through a law enforcement network. The Amtrak IG's report says that under a joint drug enforcement task force that includes the DEA and Amtrak's own police agency,...
  • This automaker will shut off your car if you forget to make payments

    11/17/2013 6:59:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/17/13
    If you're tooling down the road in your Renault Zoe Z.E. only to have it stop dead in traffic, don't immediately start cussing your mechanic. Better make sure you're current with the payments. The French car maker has added a new twist to the repossession tango between car buyers and creditors.
  • Union tells retirees to repay pension

    10/30/2013 7:16:06 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    Southtown Chicago ^ | Oct 30, 2013 | Kadner
    Kadner: Union tells retirees to repay pension Phil Kadner October 30, 2013 Imagine a retired man going to his mailbox one morning and finding a letter informing him that a mistake has been made in his pension payments and he owes more than $100,000. No joke. And its not some scam. I darn near had a heart attack, recalled Ron Kosinski, 79, a former sheet metal worker who was notified that he owes $105,500. His union, Sheet Metal Workers Local 73, miscalculated his pension payments when he retired 17 years ago. In fact, dating to 1974, the unions pension fund...
  • PayPal tests mobile payments using your face for verification

    08/08/2013 10:28:03 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    cnet ^ | 8/8/13 | Lance Whitney
    PayPal is rolling out a new trial for British consumers to see if they really can leave their wallets at home. Recently kicking off in London borough Richmond upon Thames, the test includes 12 different merchants set up to accept PayPal payments, according to the company. Using the PayPal app for iOS, Android, or Windows Phone, shoppers can see nearby participating merchants highlighted on their mobile phones. They can then "check into" a certain store by clicking on its name and pay for an item by sliding an animated pin down the screen. The person's name and photo then pops...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. is receiving Social Security, federal retirement system payments ($8.7K/mo.)

    06/30/2013 5:39:03 AM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/30/13 | Katherine Skiba
    **SNIP** His age and his tenure in Congress almost 17 years are short of the mark for a standard retirement annuity from the Federal Employees Retirement System, or FERS. Members of Congress can collect a pension from FERS starting at age 50 if they have completed 20 years of service, or at any age after 25 years of service, according to the Congressional Research Service. But Jackson appears eligible for another FERS program that pays out "disability retirement" payments. Under program rules, potential payments in the first year would total $8,700 a month or $104,400 a year....
  • Afghan official: US paid $50,000 to families of each victim in shooting spree

    03/25/2012 7:09:00 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies · 3+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 25, 2012
    The United States has paid $50,000 in compensation for each Afghan killed in the shooting spree attributed to a U.S. soldier in southern Afghanistan, an Afghan official and a community elder said Sunday. The families of the dead received the money Saturday at the governor's office, said Kandahar provincial council member Agha Lalai. Each wounded person received $11,000, Lalai said. Community elder Jan Agha confirmed the same figures. They were told that the money came from U.S. President Barack Obama, Lalai said. [Snip] The families had previously received smaller compensation payments from Afghan officials -- $2,000 for each death...
  • Saving money on college loans: President changing programs to help millions (all forgotten @ 20yrs?)

    10/26/2011 5:07:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 32 replies
    Fox 43 ^ | 10/26/11 | Michael Gorsegner
    Saving money on college loans: President changing programs to help millionsMichael Gorsegner - Staff reporter 6:44 a.m. EDT, October 26, 2011 SPRING GARDEN TOWNSHIP, YORK COUNTY College is known as an investment in the future. But that investment is becoming a burden for many students. The President will announce some changes today that could lower the amount students pay for student loans. **SNIP** Graduates qualifying for the "Pay as You Earn" program will have to pay 10 percent of their discretionary income for up to 20 years. If there is still a balance after that time frame, the remaining due...
  • Is US Federal Financial Aid to States, Cities, and Businesses based on the ideas of Karl Marx?

    10/21/2011 9:03:07 AM PDT · by Graewoulf · 5 replies
    Graewoulf | October 21, 2011 | Graewoulf
    Comrade Chairman You Lie Obama has a section in his current buy-the-union-vote "Jobs" bill to send US Federal money, ( borrowed 60 % from our grandchildren and 40 % from China and other countries ), to various financially irresponsible States, Cities and Labor Unions. Talk-the-talk-but-couldn't-walk-the-walk G. W. Bush in 2008 sent a TARP full of Federal money to all big banks, whether they were financially irresponsible or not. This Jack-booted style was seized upon by You Lie Obama to send even more Federal money to financially irresponsible businesses such as General Motors, and many financially irresponsible State and local governments....
  • Just 22% Support Government-Assisted Mortgage Payments

    09/24/2011 12:07:11 PM PDT · by Signalman · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Rasmussen ^ | 9/24/2011 | Rasmussen
    Most Americans still dont believe the government should help those who cant afford to make their mortgage payments. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 65% of American Adults think if someone cant afford to make increased mortgage payments, they should sell their home and find a less expensive one. Twenty-two percent (22%) feel the government should assist them in making their payments, while another 13% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.) These findings have changed little in surveys for several years. The percentage of U.S. homeowners whose home is worth less than what...
  • Illegal Aliens Get Billions in Tax Credits from IRS

    09/05/2011 6:08:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | September 5, 2011 | Mike Shedlock
    According to a Treasury Inspector General audit, Individuals Who Are Not Authorized to Work in the United States Were Paid $4.2 Billion in Refundable CreditsRedaction Legend: 1. Tax Return/Return Information 2(f). Risk circumvention of agency Regulations or Statutes IMPACT ON TAXPAYERS Many individuals who are not authorized to work in the United States, and thus not eligible to obtain a Social Security Number (SSN) for employment, earn income in the United States. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides such individuals with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to facilitate their filing of tax returns. Although the law prohibits aliens residing...
  • Payments to Taliban: US confronted Italy

    08/13/2011 9:50:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    News 24 ^ | 8/12/11 | Staff
    Rome - Diplomatic cables showed the United States confronted Italy about claims it paid Taliban not to attack its troops in Afghanistan, noting it suffered fewer casualties than other forces, media reported on Friday. Italy has already denied claims that it paid protection money to Taliban and other militants in an area where 10 French soldiers were killed in an ambush in February 2008 soon after taking over from Italian forces. (Snip) "Unfortunately, the significance of this contribution has been undermined by Italy's growing reputation for avoiding combat and paying ransom and protection money.
  • FHA gives jobless homeowners one-year break (Qualified would not have to make mortgage payments)

    07/09/2011 5:33:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 7/07/11 | DEREK KRAVITZ
    FHA gives jobless homeowners one-year breakQualified appicants would not have to make mortgage payments during that time By DEREK KRAVITZ The Associated Press updated 7/7/2011 5:25:11 PM ET WASHINGTON The Obama administration is making it easier for out-of-work homeowners to stay in their homes, as it tries to revamp its troubled foreclosure-prevention program. Starting Aug. 1, the Federal Housing Administration will extend the period for unemployed homeowners to miss mortgage payments to a full year from three or four months. That will allow qualified homeowners to go without making a monthly payment for 12 months before the foreclosure process...
  • Scathing report faults CalPERS, former chief executive on Villalobos payments

    03/14/2011 9:25:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 3/14/11 | Marc Lifsher and Stuart Pfeifer
    In a scathing report, a former chief executive of the California public employee pension fund was accused of pressuring subordinates to invest billions of dollars of pension money with politically connected firms. A 17-month investigation also found that Federico Buenrostro Jr. -- along with former pension fund board members Charles Valdes and Kurato Shimada -- strong-armed a benefits firm to pay more than $4 million in fees to consultant Alfred J.R. Villalobos, who later hired Buenrostro. ... The findings of insider dealings at CalPERS could provide fresh ammunition to Republican lawmakers here who want Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown to convert...
  • U.S. charity pays female drug addicts in Britain to be fitted with contraceptive coils

    03/08/2011 9:36:02 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 4 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:13 PM on 8th March 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    A US charity has paid 26 female drug addicts in Britain to have contraceptive coils or implants fitted, it was reported today. Project Prevention said it had made initial payments of 60 and a UK-based charity is hoping to launch a similar scheme. Barbara Harris, who founded the US charity, triggered an ethical storm in October after offering to pay British addicts 200 if they were sterilised.
  • Retirees Shocked By Lower Pension Payments (Pelosi forgets to renew Make Work Pay tax credit)

    01/17/2011 5:10:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 99 replies
    Retirees Shocked By Lower Pension PaymentsPERF: Shortage Tied To Expiration Of Tax Cut UPDATED: 6:19 pm EST January 17, 2011 INDIANAPOLIS -- Thousands of retired state and local government workers were shocked on Friday when they discovered that their monthly pension checks were substantially reduced. Workers were especially unhappy that they got no advance warning they would be receiving less money, 6News' Norman Cox reported. The Public Employees Retirement Fund said the shortage happened because one of the tax cuts in the federal stimulus package expired. A notification sent to retirees didn't get to them until after payments had arrived....
  • New Rules Coming for Payments Out of Health Savings Accounts

    10/28/2010 10:56:57 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct. 16, 2010
    Under the new health care law, consumers using workplace pre-tax health savings accounts will soon need a doctor's note to pay for Tylenol and an estimated 15,000 other over-the-counter drugs. Starting Jan. 1, employees who use flexible spending accounts, health saving accounts, or health reimbursement arrangements to pay for common medications such as pain relievers, cold medicines, antacids and allergy medications will need prescriptions. The new rules will prohibit the use of such debit cards becsuse the IRS says there's no way to prove the drugs are prescribed. The IRS says any money removed from HSA accounts to pay for...
  • Keeping the Poor in Poverty

    10/16/2010 3:03:09 PM PDT · by upchuck · 12 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | October 13, 2010 | Michael Tanner
    School choice, lower taxes, job creation: These, and not welfare payments, are what would really help the poor. In his autobiography, former British prime minister Tony Blair recounts the political epiphany that caused him to break with the old-style class-warfare–based Labour Party that he had grown up with. “In a sense they wanted to celebrate the working class,” he writes, “not make them middle class.” In many ways, the Obama administration and congressional Democrats appear to have the same attitude about the American poor. They talk frequently about the poor. They lavish programs upon them. (Last year the Obama administration...
  • IRS May Tax Payments to Gulf Coast Victims

    06/22/2010 11:02:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies · 1+ views
    fox ^ | 6/22/10 | fox
    NEW ORLEANS Out-of-work Gulf Coast shrimper Todd Pellegal spent his first $2,500 check from BP quickly, paying off bills and buying groceries for his family. He never even considered putting some of it away for taxes. Now he's among the people up and down the Gulf Coast reeling from the oil spill disaster who are surprised and frustrated to find out the Internal Revenue Service may take a chunk of the payments BP PLC is providing to help them stay afloat.
  • 32 States Have Borrowed from the Federal Government to Make Unemployment Payments

    05/21/2010 7:21:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 1,125+ views has learned that 32 states have run out funds to make unemployment benefit payments and that the federal governmant has been supplying these states with funds so that they can make their payments to the unemployed. In some cases, states have borrowed billions. As of May 20, the total balance outstanding by 32 states (and the Virgin Islands) is $37.8 billion. The state of California has borrowed $6.9 billion. Michigan has borrowed $3.9 billion, Illinois $2.2 billion. Below is the full list of the 32 states (and the Virgin Islands) that have borrowed from the Fed to make unemployment...
  • AP source: DOJ probing alleged Blackwater payments

    02/01/2010 10:22:03 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies · 188+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 2/1/10 | By MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department is investigating whether security contractor Blackwater Worldwide tried to bribe Iraqi officials to allow the company to keep working there after a fatal shooting involving Blackwater guards, according to a person close to the investigation. The investigation in Raleigh, N.C., follows a November report by The New York Times that said executives at the North Carolina-based company authorized about $1 million in payments to Iraqi officials in 2007. Blackwater had been the source of tremendous anti-American sentiment in Iraq following the deadly shooting of 17 Iraqis in a crowded intersection.
  • More than $98 billion in improper gov't payments (Is that all? You say 'pigeon' feed, right? )

    11/18/2009 10:16:05 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 579+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/18/09 | Hope Yen - ap
    WASHINGTON More than $98 billion in taxpayer dollars spent by government agencies was wasted, much of it on questionable claims for tax credits and Medicare benefits, representing an increase of $26 billion from the previous year. In all, about 5 percent of spending in federal programs in fiscal year 2009 was improper, according to new details of a government financial report that were released Tuesday. Saying the overall error rate was similar in 2008, officials attributed the $26 billion jump to some changes in how to define improper spending as well as an increase in overall spending due to...
  • Obama calls for $250 payments (bribe) to senior

    10/14/2009 2:29:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 129 replies · 4,253+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 10/14/09 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama called on Congress Wednesday to approve $250 payments to more than 50 million seniors to make up for no increase in Social Security next year. The White House put the cost at $13 billion. The Social Security Administration is scheduled to announce Thursday that there will be no cost of living increase next year. By law, increases are pegged to inflation, which has been negative this year. It would mark the first year without an increase in Social Security payments since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975.
  • Bank sues San Jose federal judge over boat payments (James Ware)

    10/01/2009 2:52:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 611+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 10/1/09 | Howard Mintz
    Even a federal judge can wind up having problems with lenders and banks these days. A small Northern California community bank this week sued San Jose U.S. District Judge James Ware in Santa Clara County Superior Court, accusing him of failing to make payments on an $80,000 boat he purchased nine years ago. The lawsuit, filed by Butte Community Bank, alleges that Ware owes more than $58,000 and the bank is seeking a court order to seize the boat. So now the veteran federal judge finds himself facing the prospect of being a civil defendant in a courtroom instead...

    07/12/2009 6:29:31 AM PDT · by curth · 10 replies · 715+ views
    God Bless America ^ | July 11, 2009 | Red Diva
    Ethics charges numbers 18 and 19 have now been filed against Governor Sarah Palin; the first two to be filed after her resignation announcement. Still, the media is wondering why! That fact astounds me. When will they get it? At the rate of two new filings per week, they still have time for seven more before her resignation becomes effective. Zane Henning filed his second charge against Governor Palin on July 6 alleging that Governor Palin violates the states ethics law by collecting a per diem when she stays in her Wasilla home instead of the Governor's Mansion in Juneau....
  • Government Fixing SoI Payment Oversight

    04/20/2009 4:24:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 124+ views
    BAGHDAD The Government of Iraq (GoI) is on schedule to assume responsibility for paying all Sons of Iraq (SoI) security volunteers, and is working to pay back-wages to members of the group who are owed money due to a legislative oversight, Coalition authorities said. Time and again, the Government of Iraq and the Coalition have demonstrated a commitment to the Sons of Iraq through their actions, and thats borne out here, said Maj. Gen. John Johnson, deputy commanding general for operations, Multi-National Corps Iraq. Once SoI pay is on track, GoI and Coalition authorities will shift attention to...
  • Venezuela behind on payments to oil contractors (Po' Hugo)

    02/06/2009 1:06:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 599+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/6/09 | Rachel Jones - ap
    CARACAS, Venezuela Venezuela's state oil company is behind on billions in payments to private oil contractors from Oklahoma to Belarus, some of which have now stopped work, even as President Hugo Chavez funnels more oil revenue to social programs. Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA, says unpaid invoices jumped 39 percent in the first nine months of last year reaching $7.86 billion in September. And that was when world oil was selling for $100 a barrel. With prices plummeting by more than half, PDVSA is trying to renegotiate some contracts. ... Oil accounts for 94 percent of Venezuela's...
  • Controller to Delay Certain Payments for 30 Days

    01/17/2009 1:50:56 AM PST · by marsh2 · 9 replies · 615+ views
    CA Controller's office ^ | 1/16/2009 | CA Controller John Chiang
    As State Controller, John Chiang is responsible for ensuring the State has sufficient funds to meet its financial obligations. With no signs of an economic recovery in sight, it is critical that the Governor and the Legislature enact a sound budget solution that provides much-needed cash by February 1. If not, the State will be $346 million in the red at the end of February, and $5.2 billion in the red in April. In order to preserve cash for education, debt service and other payments that are deemed by the State Constitution, federal law or court rulings as having first...
  • Economic Stimulus Payments Information Center[Charles Gibson Shows Low Income Tax Rates Are Better]

    04/19/2008 4:57:48 AM PDT · by Son House · 1 replies · 98+ views
    The IRS ^ | March 10, 2008 | The IRS
    Starting in May, the Treasury will begin sending economic stimulus payments to more than 130 million households. To receive a payment, taxpayers must have a valid Social Security number, $3,000 of income and file a 2007 federal tax return. IRS will take care of the rest. Eligible people will receive up to $600 ($1,200 for married couples), and parents will receive an additional $300 for each eligible child younger than 17. Millions of retirees, disabled veterans and low-wage workers who usually are exempt from filing a tax return must do so this year in order to receive a stimulus payment....
  • CA: Casino lags in payments to county (San Ysabel Band of Diegueo Indians)

    02/12/2008 8:50:05 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 70+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 2/12/08 | Onell R. Soto
    The Santa Ysabel casino overlooking Lake Henshaw opened in April to much fanfare, but it has been hampered by a bad economy, wildfires and torrential rains that closed roads leading to it. The San Ysabel Band of Diegueo Indians, which owns the 349-slot gambling hall in North County, has fallen $410,144 behind in payments to the county for sheriff's deputies, prosecutors, ambulance service, fire protection and treatment for problem and pathological gamblers. It hasn't been what we expected, Santa Ysabel Tribal Chairman Johnny Hernandez said. Look at what we've been through. You just have enough money to keep yourself open....
  • New cars that are fully loaded with debt

    12/30/2007 9:21:09 AM PST · by jeannineinsd · 303 replies · 1,549+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 30, 2007 | Ken Bensinger
    When Jennifer and Bobby Post traded in their 2001 Chevy Suburban last year for a shiny new Ford F-350 turbo diesel with an extended cab, it seemed like a great deal. Even though they still owed $9,500 on their SUV after the trade-in value, they didn't have to put a penny down. The dealership, near the Posts' home in Victorville, made it easy; it just added the old debt to the price of the new truck and gave the couple a seven-year, $44,276 loan. The Posts were a little worried about taking on such a long obligation, but they couldn't...
  • With Millions in 9/11 Payments, Bereaved Cant Buy Green Cards

    09/05/2006 4:04:09 PM PDT · by guitman · 56 replies · 1,274+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 3rd, 2006 | Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times
    One widow has more than $2 million but walks or rides the bus everywhere, terrified of drawing attention. Another millionaire widow stopped going to 9/11 support groups because she feared that families of police officers and firefighters might betray her. A widower has enough money to start a business building houses, but cannot buy himself a home. One of the 9/11 widows in the office of her lawyer. I cant dream very high, because I have no papers, one says. All three lost a husband or a wife when the World Trade Center collapsed. Like thousands of others, they were...
  • Dozens of Miami Teachers Fired or Quit: Scandal Grows Over Payments to Get Credit for Courses

    MIAMI (March 17) - A growing scandal over teachers who paid to get credit for courses they never took has cost nearly three dozen educators their jobs, and hundreds of others were being investigated. The Miami-Dade County School Board voted 5-4 on Wednesday to fire six teachers and accept resignations from 26 others. The punishments stem from a scam run by former high school teacher William McCoggle, who claimed to offer continuing-education classes through a private company. McCoggle pleaded guilty to fraud in November, admitting he did little more than sell transcripts, requiring no tests, homework or other academic work....
  • CA: State's child welfare services at risk(Fed. cuts may stop payments to relative caregivers)

    03/06/2006 7:01:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 326+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/6/06 | Michele R. Marcucci
    Federal budget cuts to child-welfare services may cost California hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade and could short-circuit efforts to keep thousands of children with family members, local county welfare officials and policy experts say. The cuts, advocates say, are a direct effort to sidestep a federal court decision that helped open up payments to thousands of relatives who are caregivers in several Western states. These cuts could immediately affect the care of some 4,000 to 5,000 children in California alone, according to the advocates. "If the state can't backfill for the lost funds, I think it...
  • Watchdog Group Accuses RAT Sen. Florez of Extensive Election Law Violations, Payments to Wife

    10/15/2005 1:44:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 448+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/13/05
    Watchdog Group Accuses Sen. Florez of Extensive Election Law Violations Including Questionable Payments to Wife Thu Oct 13, 1:43 PM ET To: State Desk Contact: Ken Boehm of NLPC, 703-237-1970; Web: Dean Florez WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 /U.S. Newswire/ -- In a formal complaint filed Wednesday with the California Fair Political Practices Commission, a national ethics watchdog group detailed scores of violations of California's Political Reform Act by State Senator Dean Florez of Shafter. Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), which filed the complaint, said, "Sen. Florez has filed campaign reports riddled with errors and...
  • Tax payments to IRS ejected into S.F. Bay during auto accident

    09/25/2005 8:21:25 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 598+ views
    Arizona Daily Star (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ) ^ | Sep 25, 2005 | unattributed
    Potentially affecting taxpayers in Arizona and at least 12 other states, thousands of tax payments and other correspondence sent to the Internal Revenue Service were dumped into San Francisco Bay in an automobile accident. Approximately 30,000 estimated quarterly tax payments sent to an IRS post office box in San Francisco in early September were ejected into the bay from a contract courier vehicle involved in the Sept. 11 accident, the IRS said in a "problem alert" statement issued Friday.
  • No more bartering for Russian natural gas

    08/23/2005 7:43:34 AM PDT · by jb6 · 11 replies · 290+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 23/ 08/ 2005
    MOSCOW, August 23 (RIA Novosti) -- Ukraine must pay cash for Russian natural gas, a Russian minister said Tuesday during a meeting on energy cooperation with a Ukrainian delegation. "We want to abandon barter practices and transition to monetary payments for the supply and transportation of Russian gas [for Ukraine]," Russian Industry and Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko said. "We would like to ensure the transparency of the supply and transportation of gas and establish relations that resemble those we have had with Europe for decades." The Ukrainian delegation, headed by Fuel and Energy Minister Ivan Plachkov, proposed keeping the existing...
  • Investment firm's payments to GOP probed

    08/09/2005 10:09:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 404+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/9/05 | Mike Robinson - AP
    CHICAGO (AP) - Federal prosecutors investigating corruption at a state pension fund have subpoenaed records concerning $4.5 million in fees a Washington-based investment firm is paying the new treasurer of the Republican National Committee, government sources confirmed Tuesday. The subpoena calls for documents related to the fund, the Carlyle Group and Robert Kjellander, said sources familiar with the investigation who spoke only on condition of anonymity, saying prosecutors want details of the probe kept secret. Kjellander, a lobbyist who headed President Bush's re-election campaign in three states, was named the RNC's treasurer over the weekend. Illinois Teachers Retirement System officials...
  • Mexican Smuggler Sentenced For Dragging Man to Death - (Houston,TX; smuggler demanded $300 more!)

    05/28/2005 7:41:55 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 41 replies · 976+ views
    A convicted alien smuggler was sentenced April 14 to 12 years in prison for dragging a man to death over a smuggling fee dispute last summer, following an investigation federal agents and local police in Houston, TX. Rafael Garcia-Flores, 37, a Mexican national, had smuggled three illegal aliens into the United States in early July 2004. While collecting the fees for his smuggling services in the parking lot of a Houston shopping center, Garcia-Flores announced that the fee had increased from $1,500 to $1,800. In an argument that ensued over the $300 discrepancy, Garcia-Flores brandished a pistol and then accelerated...
  • U.N.: U.S. reform bill counterproductive - (chief "fox" proposes cleaning hen house himself....!)

    05/21/2005 1:04:51 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 337+ views
    SACBEE.COM ^ | MAY 20, 2005 | NICK WADHAMS
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United Nations on Friday warned that a proposed congressional bill linking U.N. reform with tens of millions of dollars in U.S. dues would be "counterproductive." U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is pushing his own reform package, which would include some of the most sweeping changes in the 60-year history of the United Nations. Officials here worry that the congressional action would interfere with his efforts. "The secretary-general's position on the use of withholding as a tool for reform is pretty clear," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. "He feels it's counterproductive, particularly at a time when reform...
  • Bill Would Tie U.S. Dues to U.N. Reform - (now you're talkin!)

    05/20/2005 6:27:33 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 11 replies · 470+ views
    MYWAY.COM ^ | MAY 20, 2005 | Nick Wadhams
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - A U.S. congressional committee has drafted a bill that threatens to withhold tens of millions of dollars in dues from the United Nations unless the world body conducts wide-ranging reforms, possibly setting the stage for a funding battle like the one that plunged the U.N. into financial crisis a decade ago. The "United Nations Reform Act of 2005" targets a panoply of issues that have troubled critics of the United Nations, particularly Republicans, for years. Among other things, it would seek to cut funding for programs seen as useless and bar human rights violators from serving...