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Buy 1, Get 3 Free! Experts say Obamacare ‘grace period’ gives fraudsters the green light

November 25th, 2013 By Tori Richards. Tucked inside nearly 11,000 pages of the Affordable Care Act is a little-known provision that doles out three months of free health care to individuals who choose to default on their premiums. People who receive the federal subsidy to be part of Obamacare will be allowed to incur a three-month “grace period” if they can’t pay their premiums and then simply cancel their p...

Pressure grows for CA $15 minimum wage

November 22nd, 2013 By Dave Roberts.   The California Legislature this year boosted California's $8 per hour minimum wage to $9 in July 2014 and $10 in January 2016. But advocates for, and beneficiaries of, that 25 percent wage hike are not content. Pressure is building to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Nationwide strikes by fast-food workers were held in August. This month, the workers argued their c...

Will Gov. Brown’s ‘small is beautiful’ sink water plan?

November 20th, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi.   During California Gov. Jerry Brown’s first term in office, 1975 to 1983, one of the central planks of his political platform was “small is beautiful.” Brown borrowed his platform from economist E.F. Schumacher’s 1973 book, “Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered.” As the publisher's blurb now describes it: "A landmark statement against 'bigger is bett...

State of CA worsened Desert Hot Springs’ financial problems

November 18th, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi. Desert Hot Springs is a poor city east of Banning. The city's median income of $31,356 is 55 percent of California's $57,287. It also has a reputation for crystal meth production straight out of  the television series "Breaking Bad." Hot and poor, Desert Hot Springs now is in the brink of municipal bankruptcy -- although not just yet. On Nov. 12, the Desert Hot Spring’s city cou...
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