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Repealing the Individual Health Insurance Mandate: An Updated Estimate

Categories: Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Taxes

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/53300-individualmandate.pdf

Concludes that repealing the mandate that requires citizens to have health insurance would reduce federal budget deficits by $338 billion between 2018 and 2027, cause the number of people with health insurance to decrease by four million in 2019 and 13 million by 2027, and cause average health insurance premiums to increase by 10% in most years.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Estimated Deficits and Debt Under the … Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Finance,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Statistics,Taxes

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/costestimate/hr1deficitsanddebt.pdf

Estimates that passage of the proposed legislation in its current form would increase federal deficits to $1.7 trillion in the 2018-2027 period and bring the debt figure to 97.1% of GDP.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Confederate Symbols: Relation to Federal Lands and Programs

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,History,Veterans

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44959.pdf

Focuses on federal agencies that administer assets or fund activities in which Confederate memorials and references to Confederate history are present.  Discusses the agencies’ policies concerning such symbols, recent legislative proposals, and issues for Congress.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists and InfoDocket.

 

Approaches for Managing the Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2017 to 2046

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Nuclear Arms

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/53211-nuclearforces.pdf

Estimates that current plans for modernizing U.S. nuclear forces would cost $1.2 trillion (in 2017 dollars).  Presents Congress with nine options that would reduce or delay some of those costs.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Changes to CBO’s Long-Term Social Security Projections Since 2016

Categories: Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/53209-ltbossprojections.pdf

Envisions a slight improvement in the financial picture for Social Security and traces the upward revision to new information gathered since March, the date of the last published projections for the system’s finances.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

State Spending: 2017 Update

Categories: Govt Finance,Statistics,Virginia Issues

http://jlarc.virginia.gov/pdfs/reports/Rpt498.pdf

Reviews changes in Virginia’s budget over the past decade and the reasons for those changes.  Identifies three major areas for the largest budget growth: health care, transportation, and education.  From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

 

OASDI and SSI Program Rates and Limits 2018

Categories: Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/quickfacts/prog_highlights/RatesLimits2018.pdf

Key figures for Social Security related programs for the year including tax rates, earnings limits, COLA percent and more.  From the Social Security Administration

 

Payments to Issuers for Cost-Sharing Reductions

Categories: Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Income/Poverty

https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/csr-payment-memo.pdf

Unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act by action of Congress, the Trump Administration used the following legal opinion by Attorney General Sessions to end federal subsidy payments which enable low income citizens to buy ACA health insurance plans.   From the Health and Human Services Department

 

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