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How to plan a trip in the last moment

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Sometimes, you catch the traveling bug off guard, and you just have to take yourself away for a couple of days to explore a new place, travel to exotic lands, or spend some quality time with people you love. However, planning a last minute trip can be super stressful. The prices go up, the time limit goes down, and there’s so much to do when you are up against the clock. When the world is your oyster, but you have no time do plan it, how do you sort out a last minute trip without pulling your hair out?

Work out your budget

The first step in planning a last-minute trip is working out your budget. Naturally, every single country in the world varies in price, so working out how much you can afford to spend is the most important aspect of planning your trip. Look at your savings, at how much you could potentially use, and the maximum budget for your trip. This way, you can cross off the destinations which don’t fit your budget and circle the places that do. If you haven’t got a huge amount to work with, all-inclusive holidays are always a great option – pay one upfront fee, and you won’t need any spending money, so you’ll never go over your budget.

Keep an eye out for any last-minute deals

Although it is true that the later you book, the more the prices rise – it’s not necessarily true for all vacations. Many travel booking sites offer ‘last-minute deals’ where the airlines and the hotels offer reduced prices to fill up their flights and hotel rooms. Sign up to get travel alerts from these sites, so you can always get the best deals as soon as they come out.

Be flexible about where you want to go

At the end of the day, the world is a pretty massive place. Unless you travel to a new destination every month, there are bound to be hundreds of places you still haven’t visited – so be flexible when deciding where you want to go. Because you are booking last minute, you may find that you can’t travel to the exact place you want to go. If this is the case, look up places that are similar to your desired destination and see if you can go there instead. Or pick somewhere completely random – just because you can! Grab a pin, open up a map, close your eyes, and stick it in. Go there!

Keep it simple

If you book a vacation months in advance, you have months to sort out the right flights for you, the perfect hotel, trips or excursions, and what you want to see while you’re there. But if you’re booking a spur of the moment trip, you don’t have time to do that – nor do you need to. Keep your trip simple and let the spontaneity in you decide where you’re going next. This will make the whole trip run smoothly.

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Kaiser Permanente Announces Plan for New Medical Center in Prince George’s County

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States plans to open a new state-of-the-art medical center in Prince George’s County, Maryland in 2020. This new medical center in Bowie will support the growing demand for Kaiser Permanente’s award-winning health care and coverage.

Located at 5404 Hillmeade Road in Bowie, the 45,558 square-foot Kaiser Permanente Medical Center will provide primary care, behavioral health, optometry, pharmacy, laboratory and imaging services.

“Kaiser Permanente is proud to add another high-quality medical care center to serve our members who live and work in Prince George’s County,” said Kim Horn, president of Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States. “We are proud to be part of the Prince George’s County community, and we will continue investing in its residents and their total health.”

“Prince George’s County welcomes the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center to Bowie, making it Kaiser Permanente’s fifth medical facility in the county,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “Over the last eight years, one of my administration’s top priorities has been to attract high-quality medical providers to the county. No other private health care company has invested more into the health of our residents and communities than Kaiser Permanente. We are very thankful for their partnership and appreciate their continued commitment to enhancing access to quality health care for the people of Prince George’s County and the region.”

This Kaiser Permanente Medical Center is scheduled to open in 2020 to provide best-in-class health care to members in the area. Kaiser Permanente has experienced significant membership growth in Prince George’s County — from 99,000 members in 2013 to nearly 140,000 members now.

“Our physicians have been involved in the design of this medical center to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality care,” said Bernadette Loftus, MD, associate executive director of The Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, which provides care for Kaiser Permanente members in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. “When they come to this new medical center, patients can not only expect the extraordinary care that has earned Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States the No. 1 spot for quality in the nation, but they will also experience the ease of care that comes from having pharmacy, radiology and a laboratory located in the same building.”

Kaiser Permanente is committed to creating a healthy Prince George’s County for all residents. In 2017, the organization invested nearly $ 10 million in the county to support a variety of community health programs, including one that has placed seven nurse practitioners in community clinics, increasing health care access for more than 21,000 residents.

The organization is also helping to foster school environments that enable teachers and students to thrive. Our school grants program provided $ 2,500 grants to 25 schools for teacher wellness initiatives in Prince George’s County in 2017. We are also helping create future economic opportunity for youth by investing in college and career readiness and internships programs for nearly 3,000 high school students.

This is the latest in a series of new facility announcements by Kaiser Permanente.

In June, Kaiser Permanente announced plans for two new medical centers in Northern Virginia. These new medical centers — which will be in Stafford and Haymarket — are scheduled to open in mid-2019 to provide world-class health care to members in Virginia.

Kaiser Permanente also announced its new 40,000-square-foot Alexandria Medical Center at The Exchange in the Potomac Yard area of Alexandria, Virginia. This will be the first Kaiser Permanente medical office building in Alexandria and is scheduled to open in spring of 2019.

In addition, Kaiser Permanente will be the premier tenant occupying 176,000 square feet in a new 200,000-square-foot administrative building, which will have room for approximately 850 employees, in the New Carrollton Transit Center in Prince George’s County. Construction of the administrative building is expected to be completed in November 2018.

Kaiser Permanente has been recognized nationally and regionally as one of the top health plans for excellence in patient care outcomes.

According to the 2017 National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Quality Compass® data for Private/Commercial plans, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States has more national No. 1 ratings and regional No. 1 ratings than any other health plan in the U.S. for measures of Effectiveness of Care. The organization rated No. 1 in the nation for numerous clinical measures, including Breast Cancer Screening, Controlling High Blood Pressure and Colorectal Cancer Screening, according to the 2017 NCQA Quality Compass® data.

Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States also received the highest possible rating of 5 out of 5 stars from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for quality and service. This is the sixth year in a row the organization has received 5 out of 5 stars.

With more than 1,500 primary and specialty care physicians available to them, Kaiser Permanente members have access to one of the largest medical groups in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. Kaiser Permanente provides and coordinates complete health care services for more than 780,000 members through 30 medical centers open in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit kp.org or follow us on Twitter, twitter.com/KPMidAtlantic or Facebook, www.facebook.com/kpthrive.

 

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Just announced: Sprint’s new Unlimited Premium plan comes with Amazon Prime

Sprint has just announced a new unlimited wireless data plan with tons of bells and whistles, including an Amazon Prime membership.

The addition of Sprint Unlimited Premium comes after the wireless provider made changes to its unlimited plans in July, introducing Unlimited Basic and Unlimited Plus.

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Deal alert: Amazon Prime included with Sprint’s new unlimited plan

Unlimited Premium comes with unlimited data, talk and text. Here’s what else you get:

  • 50GB LTE mobile hotspot to keep all your devices connected
  • Amazon Prime membership
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  • Music streaming with TIDAL
  • Streaming in full HD
  • Global Roaming in more than 185 worldwide destinations
  • In Mexico and Canada, enjoy Unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data
  • Lookout Premium Plus

In a news release to announce the plan, Sprint says there’s also a limited-time offer of up to $ 20 per month of Uber rides for those who sign up for Unlimited Premium.

How much will this cost? Unlimited Premium is $ 90 per month with AutoPay. Taxes and fees are extra.

Here’s how to save a little money: If you bring your own device or buy a new one at full price, you can get a $ 10 discount per line, bringing the cost for one line of service to $ 80 per month.

For a single line of service, Unlimited Plus is normally $ 70 a month and Unlimited Basic is $ 60.

If you’re already paying for Amazon Prime, Hulu and Tidal, you know that those monthly subscriptions can add up. This plan may be worth a closer look for those who would really use all the extra perks.

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Twitter’s live video-streaming app Periscope is about to become a much less appealing place for trolls to ply their hate.

In a new Medium post bearing the title “A Safer Conversation,” the Periscope Trust & Safety Team pledges to more actively root out problematic commenters starting on Aug. 10. Accounts that repeatedly violate the service’s community guidelines will be suspended.

“The Periscope Community Guidelines apply to all broadcasts on both Periscope and Twitter,” the post reads. “As part of our ongoing effort to build a safer service, we are launching more aggressive enforcement of our guidelines related to chats sent during live broadcasts.” Read more…

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Big Brother’s Swaggy C, Bayleigh Plan to Move in Together

Big Brother’s Swaggy C and Bayleigh Dayton will soon be roommates once more. The couple — who began a showmance on the CBS show — also plan to live under the same roof in real-life.

“It’s crazy but we talked about moving in with each other after the show ends,” the day trader exclusively tells Us Weekly. “When you confide in someone and can put 100 percent trust in them it grows fast. You see them at their worst, you sleep with them every night, you see them at their best.”

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Swaggy C (real name: Chris Williams) says that the pair had a four-hour conversation about their future the night before he was evicted. His backdoor was orchestrated by Head of Household Kaitlyn Herman and he lost to Winston Hines by a 8-4 vote.

It didn’t take long for Swaggy C, 23, and Bayleigh, 25, to align. In fact, the Bridgeport, Connecticut, native says they’ve used the “boyfriend and girlfriend” labels since day 10 in the house.

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“It’s her personality,” he tells Us on what he loves most about the Atlanta-based flight attendant. “How much she actually cares for me, aside from the game, in terms of me bettering myself. She’s genuinely concerned about that and not so much her physical attraction, so that’s the main thing that attracted me to her.”

It’s way too early to discuss marriage, though. He adds: “That is obviously way far down the road.”

For more, read the rest of his Q&A below:

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Us Weekly: What was going on in your head when Tyler Crispen used the Power of Veto on Scottie Salton?

Swaggy C: I’m looking at Fessy [Shafaat] and I see him pissed off and I’m looking across from me and I see Rockstar’s [Lantry] head’s down. Looking to my right and I see Kaitlyn is crying. I knew it was going to be me for some reason. I knew it before she ever said my name.

Us: Do you wish you had said something to Kaitlyn during the ceremony?

SC: No because I knew she could have broke the tie and I felt like if I flipped out on her then at the end of the day she probably wouldn’t have broke in my favor. So that’s why you saw me playing to her emotional side and her heart. If I knew the votes were going to be 8-4 and lopsided like that, I would have flipped out on every single person in that house before I left.

Us: Do you think she has too much blood on her hands now after nominating you?

SC: It’s going to backfire on her … I always said that I was going after Brett [Robinson], Winston, Angela [Rummans], and Rachel [Swindler] if I won HOH. They could have waited until I did that and then got me out but they did it too early. Now my side doesn’t like them as opposed to playing both sides and me keeping them safe and then letting me take the heat and be the threat and they could fly under the radar. But now their game is shown.

Us: How many personalized shirts did you bring into the house?

SC: I only brought seven in the house — or eight — and I left four in the house. Threw three in the crowd. I only got one on right now. I have a lot more at home but those are the one’s I brought to the show.

Us: When did you start making them?

SC: Literally a month ago I made them because I wanted this summer for me to only wear stuff that has my name on it. And then I did that and I got the call that said I was on Big Brother so I was like, you know what, let me just bring the shirts since I’m on the show. I didn’t make the shirts for the show. People think I made it for the show to sell it. No, I literally made it for myself.

 

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Host Julie Chen interviews Chris Williams Monty Brinton/CBS

Us: Did you know far in advance you were going to throw the shirts into the crowd before speaking with Julie Chen?

SC: I actually thought of it days before. I was like, alright if I ever get evicted I’ll just throw them out in the crowd. But my speech — I didn’t think of that until an hour beforehand. … I was literally thinking about it for maybe 5-10 minutes and then ran off with it.

Us: Do you usually give yourself pep talks the way you did on the show?

SC: Not pep talks but I do talk to myself from time to time, when I analyze things. Instead of thinking in my mind I kind of say it out loud.

Us: Where does your confidence come from?

SC: I always say that whether people love me or hate me, at the end of the day when they see me, their face makes a reaction. Whether it’s a good reaction or a bad reaction I’m not going to walk into a room and you’re just going to ignore me. I thrive off of that, which is why literally my high school yearbook quote was, “Whether you hate me or love me you’ll always remember me.” I live by that every day.

Us: What are three words to describe your BB experience?

SC: Greatest summer ever. Even though it was only 23 days it’s still great to be in that house.

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God’s Plan? Drake Makes History With 7 Of The Top Ten Songs On Billboard

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NEW YORK (AP) — Drake officially owns the Billboard charts, where seven of his songs currently sit in the Top 10.

All 25 tracks from Drake’s ultra-popular “Scorpion” album, released on June 29, are on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

His former No. 1 hit, “Nice for What,” returns to the top of the chart, while “Nonstop” debuts at No. 2. Drake’s other songs in the Top 10 are “God’s Plan,” ”In My Feelings,” ”I’m Upset,” ”Emotionless” and “Don’t Matter to Me,” which includes previously recorded vocals from Michael Jackson.

Drake’s new feat breaks the Beatles’ 1964 record, when five of their songs reached the Top 10 in the same week.

Overall, Drake has 31 Top 10 hits, tied with Rihanna. They only trail behind The Beatles (34) and Madonna (38).

“Scorpion” sold 732,171 equivalent albums — based off album sales and streams — to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s 200 albums chart. The album earned a record-setting 745.9 million on-demand audio streams and is his eighth No. 1 album on the chart.

Since 2009 Drake has launched 186 songs on the Hot 100 chart. He is second to the cast of “Glee,” which has had 207 songs enter the chart.

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Kaiser Permanente Receives Women’s Choice Award as California’s Most Recommended Health Insurance Plan and America’s Best Hospital Awards

PASADENA, Calif. Kaiser Permanente Southern California has received the Women’s Choice Award® designation, “California’s Most Recommended Health Insurance Plan,” as well as its medical centers throughout the region receiving multiple “America’s Best Hospitals” awards that include: Best Patient Safety, Best Hospital for Obstetrics, Best Stroke Care, America’s 100 Best Hospital, Best Bariatric Surgery, and Best Breast Center.

The Women’s Choice Award® identified “America’s Best Hospitals” across the nation to help women make smart healthcare choices. The Women’s Choice Award® methodology is based on surveys of tens of thousands of women, as well as research conducted in partnership with the Wharton School of Business on what drives the consumer experience for women vs. men.

In addition, the organization distributed a statewide survey to more than 10,000 women who reside in California, these women were asked to identify which health insurance plan they would highly recommend to their friends and family. Kaiser Permanente received its evidence-based designation, “California’s Most Recommended Health Insurance Plan” from these results.

“We pride ourselves on our patient-centered, integrated approach that creates high quality care,” said Julie Miller-Phipps, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Inc., for the Southern California Region. “It’s gratifying when data supports our approach and show us that our members choose Kaiser Permanente with confidence, knowing that we put their health and safety first.”

According to the Women’s Choice Award®, market research shows that women influence more than 90 percent of family healthcare decisions; and a national survey conducted by the Women’s Choice Award® determined which hospitals and services women would highly recommend in today’s marketplace. These hospitals had to meet exceptionally high standards regarding women’s unique needs and preferences.

The following Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers received one or more designated Women’s Choice Awards®, to view the detailed list please click here:

Kaiser Permanente Orange County Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente Moreno Valley Medical Center.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: www.kp.org/share.

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Netflix price changes are always controversial. But luckily, it looks like the streaming company’s latest strategy for getting more money out of users won’t affect most of us (for now).

The streaming giant confirmed to CNET that it has been testing out a new tier for its pricing models for select users in Europe: a €16.99 per month “Ultra” subscription plan, which would provide exclusive access to HDR (high dynamic range) content.

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The Winchester plan offers a great open
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entertaining and a separate dining room for
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It can be a little overwhelming to decide between so many fantastic options so we asked Diego Rizzardo of SanDiego Homes to share some of the tips he uses to help homeowners pick the best home plan for their lot at their Lakeside Living community in Innisfil!

LIFESTYLE Consider the daily needs, activities and hobbies of those who will live there. If you love to cook, a kitchen with plenty of pantry and workspace is a must. If you are a fitness buff, choose a plan that allows space for a gym. If you work from home, you will need space for a home office. Another important aspect is your entertaining style. “If you often have a large number of guests, a flexible, open concept space is a must,” says Diego. “If you prefer a more intimate setting, you may want a plan like The Winchester that has a separate, formal dining space.” You will also want to consider bedroom space if guests often stay overnight.

The Strathmore plan offers bungalow style living
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CURRENT AND FUTURE NEEDS It is important to consider how your needs may change over the next 5-10 years. A newlywed couple may feel that a two bedroom plan is perfect for them but if they plan to have children in a few years, they will outgrow that plan quite quickly. For older homeowners, it is important to consider future health and mobility needs. “We offer a variety of bungalow style plans that will allow homeowners to age in place without costly renovations down the road,” says Diego. “Wide hallways are also standard in all models to ensure ease of mobility.” A main floor laundry, master bedroom and bathroom may not seem like a necessity right now but may greatly affect your ability to live independently in the home later in life!

PROPERTY AND LOCATION The lot you are building on and the surrounding area may also affect your decision. How will the position of the sun and wind direction affect the home? What is located on each side of the property? Large windows that take in a beautiful view of the sunset are great but those same windows facing the side of the neighbor’s home are much less enjoyable. “Choose a plan that will take advantage of the best aspects of your property.” says Diego, “But also consider available outdoor space and choose a plan that leaves space for outdoor entertaining, gardening or other outdoor activities you enjoy.”

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How to Complete Your Estate Plan with a New Document

One of the biggest things that keeps people from creating an estate plan is a fear of death and an aversion to discussing mortality.

Talking about death isn’t easy for a lot of people, which might explain why only 44% of Americans have created a Last Will. However, the discourse around memorial or funeral services in recent years is changing with 46% of Americans over the age of 40 having discussed memorialization and funeral wishes with their families and 69% of Americans over 40 expressing a desire to pre-plan their own services.

While it is important to specify your medical wishes with a Health Care Directive, appoint someone to make decisions on your behalf with a Power of Attorney, and divide your assets with a Last Will and Testament, an End-of-Life plan is a great way to ease yourself into estate planning.

In this post, we’ll discuss what an End-of-Life Plan is, why you should make one, and how it differs from a Last Will and Testament.

What is an End-of-Life Plan?

An End-of-Life Plan is a document that can help you round out your estate plan by addressing things that a Last Will and Health Care Directive don’t.

An End-of-Life Plan allows you to:

  • Appoint someone to fulfill the wishes outlined in your plan
  • Express if you’d like an obituary or death notice, including which details you’d like it to comprise and where you’d like the notices published
  • Make known your wishes for burial or cremation and what you’d like done with your remains
  • Communicate what kind of memorial service you’d like (if any) to commemorate your life
  • Indicate how you’d like your funeral expenses paid (e.g. with funds you’ve set aside or from your estate)

You can also choose to write meaningful final thoughts to your family and loved ones (which can be general or for specific people) in hopes of offering some comfort for them after you’ve passed on.

Although an End-of-Life Plan is not a legal document, it helps to lay out your final thoughts in a personal and easy-to-understand way, which is important because your loved ones will likely be using it to navigate the difficult period after you have passed away.

Last Will vs. End-of-Life Plan

If you already have a Last Will, you may ask if you even need a document like an End-of-Life Plan. The answer is yes. A common misconception about a Last Will and Testament is that it includes your wishes for how you want to be laid to rest.

Although some people include their wishes for funeral arrangements in their Last Will, it’s not recommended. Including them doesn’t affect the validity of your Will, but it’s not ideal to have your preferences for memorial services in a document that people don’t tend to read until after your funeral.

Even if your appointee does read your Last Will before they plan your funeral, it’s more effective to provide your appointee with a comprehensive document devoted solely to your end-of-life wishes. The End-of-Life Plan is easy to follow and doesn’t require any deciphering because it’s written in plain language and allows you to include more specific instructions for the person or people planning your memorial.

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We created the End-of-Life Plan to allow our users to address things that their other estate planning documents wouldn’t, such as their obituary details, funeral wishes, memorial specifics, and so on. If you have particular desires for how you want your life to be celebrated and remembered, you should be able to express those desires in a concrete way like with a written document.

Just make sure once you’ve created your planning document, you let your appointee know where they can find it. You may even want to go over the End-of-Life Plan in person with your appointee so you can be sure they understand everything and they can have an opportunity to ask questions if they need to.

The End-of-Life plan can offer peace of mind for you because your memorial wishes will be written out for your loved ones to follow, and your loved ones can also be relieved of some of the stress of funeral planning because you’ll have already made major decisions for your memorial.

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Being deemed the “Marshall Plan for Black America,” the 1,334-page Jobs and Justice Act, introduced by the Congressional Black Caucus last Thursday, addresses a wide range of issues—from massive investments in infrastructure and workforce development training to promotion of economic empowerment, to comprehensive reform of the nation’s criminal justice system.

The legislation is a compilation of sorts of free-standing bills proposed by the 48-member caucus, and although it is highly unlikely to be passed in a Republican-controlled Congress, they told USA Today that they wanted to “lay out a blueprint of their priorities” for now in the hopes that Democrats win the majority in November.


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The omnibus legislation is two-pronged: jobs and justice. Division A—the jobs division of the bill includes several provisions to advance economic opportunity in underserved communities including infrastructure investment, workforce development, and poverty alleviation measures. It also includes support for small businesses and economic development, housing and asset building provision, as well as investments in education.

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While Dr. King is well known for his efforts to champion social justice issues, he and many other civil rights activists of the day fought for economic justice as well. In addition to voting rights and equal protections under the law, every man, woman, and child deserves equal access to economic opportunities. Sadly, Dr. King’s Dream was never fully realized. Major social justice advancements in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 were followed by massive disinvestment in Black communities and a war on drugs that led to the mass incarceration of Black men and women — Cedric L. Richmond (LA-02), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

The bill’s Division B includes comprehensive criminal justice reform, from policing reform, marijuana decriminalization, sentencing reform, prison reform, and provisions to remove  the collateral consequences that make it difficult for the formerly incarcerated “to become productive members of society.” It also includes measures to protect access to the ballot.

Additionally, African Americans continue to seek equal protections under the law. In the wake of the gutting of the Voting Rights Act, Black voters have been targeted by voter suppression efforts with “almost surgical precision.” Moreover, Black families have been devastated by America’s scourge of mass incarceration. African Americans are incarcerated at more than five times the rate of Whites. In addition, although African Americans make up 13 percent of the national population, they make up 40 percent of the prison population. The criminal justice system traps low-income and minority families in a cycle of devastation, from broken bonds between police and the communities they serve, to overwhelming obstacles for those who have paid their debts to society — Cedric L. Richmond (LA-02).

“A lot of folks talk the talk when it comes to African American communities, but few walk the walk,” said Richmond. “This bill will give them the chance to walk that walk.”

The bill is a take on the original Marshall Plan—an aid package the United States provided to Western Europe after those countries’ economies were devastated by World War II. The plan was named after George C, Marshall, the Secretary of State at the time.

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Study: 6 in 10 Homeowners Don’t Plan On Moving Anytime Soon

The most recent S&P/Case-Shiller home-price index shows that home values have increased by 6.3% over the past year. Wages have increased 2.7% in the past year, and the unemployment rate is at the lowest its ever been post-recession, which is why most homeowners say they don’t plan on moving anytime soon.

A new Bankrate.com report found that over 6 in 10 homeowners (62%) say they do not ever plan to move while the remainder anticipates that they’ll be staying in their current home for at least another five years.

“Americans are essentially staying put in their homes for the foreseeable future, either by choice, or by necessity or some combination,” said Bankrate.com senior economic analyst, Mark Hamrick. “Because of this, prospective homebuyers are finding a real lack of quality, affordable inventory, which can lead to bidding wars and risky overspending.”

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While the majority of homeowners (79%) don’t plan on moving in the next half-decade, 35% say they are more likely to remodel, upgrade, or add to their current home during that time. Over the next five years, the likelihood of making improvements to their current home exceeds the likelihood of moving to a new home across all age and income brackets.

Statistics:

  • More than 1 in 5 Americans (21%) own their primary home without a mortgage.
  • Another 32% are currently paying off their mortgage.
  • The median reported mortgage rate is 3.95%
  • Nearly 3 in 10 mortgage holders (29%) either don’t know or won’t say what their mortgage rate is.
  • For groups who could benefit from a good refinancing opportunity like millennials, the statistic is higher at 37% and Gen Xers at 35%.
  • Thirty-nine percent of both Gen Xers and Baby Boomers (ages 54–72) say they have a mortgage on their primary home.
  • Twenty-seven percent of younger Boomers (ages 54–63), 38% of older Boomers (ages 64–72), and 51% of The Silent Generation (ages 73+) own a home without a mortgage.
  • Sixty-one percent of those ages 18–30 say they do not own their main home. However, older millennials (ages 31–37) are equally as likely to own a home than not (43%).

For those unaware of their mortgage rate, Hamrick urges them to “immediately take time to learn that rate as well as whether they have an adjustable or fixed-rate mortgage.” To find the answers, it might require logging onto a website, calling a mortgage service, or digging through paperwork.

At issue is whether one should consider refinancing, including  going into a fixed-rate mortgage, before rates and monthly payments head higher from here,” Hamrick said.

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Are you going on a trip soon? Are you going on a post college/army trip to Southeast Asia or South America or Europe? Maybe you are just travelling around the United States with some buds. But no matter what you are doing, the difference between a fun and exciting trip versus one which falls on its face and is a drag lies in the planning. Here are five important steps to planning out your next great adventure.

Deciding what your trip will be

So you’ve decided to go on an international adventure. Congratulations! So now you have to make some decisions. What type of trip are you looking for? Are you looking to go on safari in the serengeti in Africa, lay on the beach all day in Koh Phangan, go hiking in the Himalayas? Maybe you just want to live it up in Europe and see the art and architecture and history that brought you Western Civilization?

With all of these choices, it’s hard to find out what will fit best for you. But once you decide where you want to go and what you want out of your trip, the next most important thing to consider is the length of your trip. One week? A month? A year?

Get an idea of your budget

So you’ve decided where you want to go and more or less what type of a trip you want along with approximately what time of year you want to go. Now is the time to start looking into what flights and lodging will cost. Do you want direct flights or are you fine with layovers? Do you want a five star hotel or do you want to backpack and live in hostels? Additionally, how much does a meal typically cost? What about taxis or renting a car in this country? By figuring all of this out you can get a good idea of how much money you need to save up. It is best to do this stage at least two months before your flight.

Pro tip: always assume things will be a bit more expensive than they really are. It’s better to bring money and not need it than need it and not have it!

Things to do

You don’t want to arrive at your destination and after a day say to yourself “ok, now what?” It’s important to have an idea of the sights and sounds of the city so that you can know what to go see and what things are. You will know where the good restaurants are, where the big shopping streets are, and the awesome cultural aspects of the place you are in.

This is the trip of a lifetime, and you don’t want to waste all of it staying in bed. This is the stage where you buy guidebooks or look online to understand what there is to do in a certain place. Also, this is the part which make you super excited for the trip.

Start planning out the actual logistics

This is where your trip really starts and where it starts to feel real. This is when you buy the tickets, reserve the rental car, or just start figuring out how to get around. As opposed to winging it and wasting a half a day hitchhiking, it’s a better idea to see how the busses in the country you are going to work. Where the train station or airport is and how to get to where you need to go (keep in mind that airports are usually MILES away from the actual city).

This is also the point when you decided where exactly you will be going, for how long, and how exactly you will get there. Make sure all of your documents are in order.

Can’t travel without documents

Remember, make sure you have everything you need. Some countries require a visa before entering them (you don’t want to be turned around at the airport). Make sure your passport is up to date, and make sure you have some sort of ID.
Good luck on your trip.

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Provided his confirmation hearings to be the new secretary of state go smoothly, Mike Pompeo will have the start of the Marshall Plan to celebrate during his first month in office. Seventy years ago on April 14, 1948, grain elevators in Galveston, Texas, began pouring wheat into the John H. Quick, the first of six ships that formed the vanguard fleet carrying food to Europe as part of the Marshall Plan.

The most successful foreign aid program in American history was underway just 11 days after being signed into law by President Harry Truman. The speed and efficiency with which the Marshall Plan began foreshadowed its history. Today, the Marshall Plan remains a measuring rod for America’s ability to balance toughness in foreign policy with the cultivation of alliances.

How Mike Pompeo, best known during his tenure as CIA director for his disapproval of the Iran nuclear deal and his support for America’s prison at Guantanamo, treats the legacy of the Marshall Plan should provide an early indication of what kind of secretary of state he intends to be and whether he will provide a counterweight to the president’s new national security advisor, John Bolton, who has declared “talking to the North Koreans is a waste of time.”  It will be important for Pompeo to show, as Marshall did, that he is more than a product of his military background.

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‘The Walking Dead’: Jadis’ Plan For Negan Revealed

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers from the Season 8, Episode 14 of The Walking Dead entitled “Still Gotta Mean Something.” Proceed with caution.

Fans finally learned Jadis’ plan for Negan Sunday night.

The leader (and sole survivor) of the Scavengers captured the Savior leader after his scuffle with Rick. She took his clothes and his barb wire-wrapped bat, Lucille.

A flashback revealed how Jadis survived the massacre orchestrated by Simon, Negan’s top lieutenant. As the Saviors were mowing down the Scavengers, Jadis fled. She found a body and covered herself with blood, playing possum. After the massacre, she mourned and cleaned herself up.


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Jadis took Negan prisoner and his bat, Lucille.

Negan — who didn’t know about the massacre or that Simon ordered it — pleaded with Jadis. “That was the work of someone not following the program,” Negan said. “I’ll own this. I am sorry for this.”

Jadis chained Negan to a trolley, and then wheeled out another trolley with a walker tied to it. It appeared to give Negan a chance to fight for his life gladiator-style, as she did Rick earlier in the season.

A still tied-up Negan was able to get a gun and flare, as well as some of Jadis’ personal photos. He threatened to burn the photos with the flare. Jadis tried to wrestle the flare away, not only to save the photos, but signal a helicopter flying overhead.


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Jadis had a timer set for the helicopter pick-up.

The flare went out, and by the time she retrieved another one, the helicopter flew away. She threatened to burn Lucille as revenge, but Negan begged her not to (revealing Lucille was the name of his dead wife).


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Who is piloting the mystery helicopter?

She decided to spare both Lucille and Negan. Negan offered to join forces with her again, but she refused, retreating back into the heaps of garbage.

Meanwhile, Morgan continued to lose his sanity, setting up his departure from the show. He and Rick went after the Saviors that escaped Hilltop, brutally killing them all.

Both Rick and Carol told Morgan he was someone who saves, and not kills, but to no avail. When Rick asked why Negan saved him all the way back in Episode 1, Morgan said, “because my son was there.”

Later, after discovering Henry (whom he considers his son) was still alive, Morgan wept.

It was also revealed that the arrow that struck Tara was not tainted, so she will not turn.

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According to The Verge, Lyft’s subscription service began popping up as an option for some users late last week. As far as the details go surrounding payment, users willing to pay $ 200 per month can receive upwards of 30 rides, an offer which breaks down to about $ 6.66 per ride. All in all, that’s a pretty good deal assuming that you’re not prone to using Lyft Line which can sometimes be as cheap as $ 3.50 per ride. Other riders, meanwhile, are being offered 7 rides in exchange for an upfront payment of $ 50.

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Trump’s Tax Plan Could Slow Home Value Growth In the Next 3 Years

In recent months, several blue-chip U.S. corporations have pledged to give workers hefty bonuses or pay raises because of the new Republican tax-reform plan. But don’t count housing experts among those glorifying the $ 1.5 trillion tax overhaul package President Trump signed into law in December 2017.

In fact, new changes to U.S. tax laws prompted 41% of survey respondents to lower their long-term expectations for the nation’s housing market. The findings are from the latest Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey. Over 100 housing experts and economists were questioned on their expectations for home price growth, and if tax reform influenced the predictions.

Home values in the U.S. totaled $ 31.8 trillion in 2017, up 6% from $ 29.9 trillion in 2016, Zillow reports.

But housing experts project appreciation to slow to below 3% by 2021, according to the Zillow survey. A possible reason for the decline is fear that cutting taxes when the American economy is already running at full capacity increases the risk of a downturn in the next five or so years. The drop could push the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates faster than had been expected, says Zillow Senior Economist Aaron Terrazas.

Slower appreciation, of course, would be bad news for people who rely on homeownership to help build wealth, including millions of African Americans. One of the biggest benefits of home appreciation is it allows homeowners to sell for a higher price and boost their net worth.

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Forty-one of those surveyed reported their overall housing outlook is now more pessimistic after being asked how the new tax law impacted their five-year forecast for home values in the U.S. Some 31% had a more optimistic view, while 28% said that tax reform did not change their outlook.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, enacted in December 2017, limited many itemized deductions such as the mortgage interest deduction while expanding the standard deduction. Most taxpayers take the standard deduction and will see take-home incomes increase as a result of tax reform, providing a boost to spending, savings, and investment this year.

“By expanding the standard deduction, tax reform will put more money into the typical American’s pocket in 2018, which will boost spending and could help renters save faster for a down payment,”  Terrazas says. “But the longer-term outlook is less rosy. There is some concern that tax cuts at this point in the business cycle may be throwing fuel on an already ranging fire and could lead the economy to overheat. Most economists we surveyed see a stronger outlook for the housing market over the next year or two but a more pessimistic outlook on the longer horizon.”

In the near future, experts raised their predictions from previous surveys for home values as limited inventory and high demand keep prices moving higher.

Homes today are less valuable than they would be if the last recession had not happened. If the housing bubble and bust had not occurred, and home values had instead appreciated at a steady pace, the median home value would be about $ 214,500, 4% higher than its current value of $ 206,300.

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Here’s What Samuel L. Jackson Thinks About Trump’s Plan To Arm Teachers

Considering the chorus of critics against Trump’s ill-received plan to arm teachers after the Parkland shooting tragedy, Samuel L. Jackson may become one of the loudest voices. The “Pulp Fiction” star kept it all-the-way real again and shredded Trump on Twitter on Friday.

“Can someone that’s been in a Gunfight tell that Muthafukka that’s Never been in a Gunfight, the flaws of his Arm The Teachers plan??!!” Jackson asked.

We gotta thank Jackson for his unapologetic tweet, which received more than 300,000 likes. Jackson is known for his whip-smart commentary, and he just canceled Trump with the quickness.

Trump first touted his controversial idea of arming 20 percent of teachers at schools during a meeting last week at the White House that included students and parents personally impacted by the February 14 mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, The Huffington Post reported.

He doubled down on that proposal and praised the NRA during his Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) speech on Friday morning.

The president’s proposal has beyond outraged folks, especially teachers, who have taken to social media to speak out against it. Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the National Education Association, publicly denounced Trump’s proposal.

Solutions are needed to “keep guns out of the hands of those who want to use them to massacre innocent children and educators,” García said to Education WeekArming teachers does nothing to prevent that.”

Teachers in Utah believe gun training is an ‘absurd idea,” they recently told the Salt Lake Tribune.

“I don’t feel like that’s in our job description,” Jessica Reynolds, a music teacher at Draper Elementary School in Draper, Utah, a city in Salt Lake, said. “Now you need to be a teacher and a counselor and a parent and all of the things that we really do and also you need to be a police officer? It’s not fair.”

 

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How to Plan a Wedding While Working Full Time

how to plan a wedding while working full timeI feel like I’ve seen a bunch of fun threadjacks on this recently(ish), so let’s discuss this today: what are your best tips on how to plan a wedding while working full time (or, as many of you do, well more than 40 hours a week)? What are the best things to outsource as far as wedding planning goes — and what are the best ways to simplify wedding planning? And a corollary question: what wedding planning tasks can you do at the office? We’ve talked about homing from work, making personal calls on the clock, and a bunch of aspects of wedding and business etiquette (including whether you should invite colleagues to your wedding) — as well as wedding finances — but I don’t think we’ve ever had a post rounding up everyone’s tips on how to plan a wedding.

A friend of mine just got married, so I asked her how she fit wedding planning in with her BigLaw job — here were her tips on how to plan a wedding while working full time:

Be very organized. Split tasks with your spouse. Consider a wedding planner (though we didn’t have one). Most things can be done well in advance so don’t save everything for the end.

For me, the two really busy times were the first month we got engaged, looking at venues and vendors and then the last month before. I brought a personal laptop into work and dedicated a half hour each day during lunch to just dealing with emails.

We had a full service place- I don’t know how people do it if they have to separately rent all the chairs and tables and glasses etc
We also did things when we could–we made a big playlist of both our phones and then listened to it in car rides, winnowing it down.

Great tips! I’ve also heard a lot of people who’ve advised to set up a “family” email for the wedding (I’m also a big fan of the family email once kids come along), and I could see either Slack or Trello as being a great way to keep everyone on the same page, which makes it much easier to hand off tasks to your partner as needed. (Slack is particularly great when you’ve having 15 different conversations with the same person at once so emails get totally lost and I find it easy to move among the conversations — Trello is more visually appealing if you prefer to see everything in separate buckets. Here’s a post on how to use Trello to plan a wedding.)

All right, ladies, what are your best tips on how to plan a wedding when you work long hours? 

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President Trump Proposes Budget, Infrastructure Plan to Democrats’ Rebuke

Democrats in Congress have issued strong reactions to President Donald Trump’s $ 200 billion infrastructure plans and proposed $ 4 trillion budget released on Monday.

Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, called the president’s budget proposal and infrastructure plans a “double dose of bad policy.”

The proposed plan will offer up to $ 200 billion in federal funding over 10 years to repair roads, build bridges, airports, seaports, energy projects, and water systems. If the numbers aren’t adding up, it’s because states, local governments, and private investors will shoulder much of the financial obligations in the president’s plan.

 

 

Critics say leaving key decisions of what needs to be built or repaired, like the water pipes in Flint, Michigan, will leave states and under-served communities in a difficult place since private investors are most likely to fund projects that will pay financial dividends.

“There is bipartisan agreement on the need to rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure and put Americans back to work, and President Trump was elected upon a promise to work with Democrats to do just that,” said Rep. Brendan Boyle, who represents Pennsylvania’s 13th congressional district.

“The president claims that his plan invests $ 1.5 trillion. In reality, the proposal includes only $ 200 billion in federal investment after robbing other critical investments, and leaves toll-paying families and state and local governments—already hurt by the Trump Tax Scam—to pick up the tab,” said Boyle, who is a part of the 35-member Blue Collar Caucus.

“Meanwhile, the proposal lets private investors dictate which projects receive funding, and doesn’t say a word about Buy America purchasing requirements. This is not the ‘big league’ bipartisan infrastructure we were promised,” he said.

Gupta said the president’s plans would “leave behind too many American communities and those most in need” and that Congress should ignore the “unacceptable proposals” and craft new legislation.

“His budget would deny critical health care to those most in need simply to bankroll his wall through border communities, while his infrastructure scam would reward the rich and special interests at the expense of low-income communities and communities of color,” Gupta said.

The president also requested $ 23 billion for border security, including $ 18 billion for his border wall and money for more detention beds for detained immigrants.

In order to avoid a government shutdown, President Trump suggested in a tweet that a bipartisan immigration deal he labeled a “bill of love” will give young undocumented immigrants a path to legally stay in the United States and grant him the funds to build his wall.

 


 

He has also requested $ 25 billion to go toward border security, a skills-based visa program to replace the diversity lottery system, and an end to “chain migration,” in return for a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants, including up to 800,000 DACA recipients. But Democrats have balked at some of these demands, and the two parties don’t appear to be close to an agreement.

Democrats, however have proposed an alternative infrastructure plan to President Trump’s.

Last week, House Democrats unveiled “A Better Deal to Rebuild America” plan, an alternative to the GOP’s, which includes $ 1 trillion in direct federal investment that would generate 16 million new jobs.

“In addition, the infrastructure plan will invest in American iron and steel to support good-paying jobs, and ensure opportunities for small business owners,” Boyle said.

He said the plan is “another broken promise and missed opportunity for bipartisan problem-solving by the president.”

The proposed $ 4 trillion-plus budget for the 2019 fiscal year projects a $ 1 trillion federal deficit with big spending increases for the Pentagon. There would, however, be massive spending cuts from the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency, among other agencies. 

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How to roll over a 529 plan, and why it may be a good idea

When my 10-year-old son was born, his grandmother generously put $ 1,000 into a Franklin Temple 529 plan for him. A 529 is a tax-advantaged savings plan for educational expenses. This IRA-like vehicle is a great way to help fund a child’s schooling.

For the better part of a decade, I, too, have been funding a 529 for my son. But my account is with Georgia’s Path2College program.

You can set up a 529 account and use it for qualified educational expenses in any state, no matter where you reside. If you live in Georgia, for instance, and you find a 529 plan offered, say, in Florida, with better investment options or lower fees, you could put your money there. But, there is usually a modest tax benefit to having your children’s 529 plans in your state of residence. For Georgia, that deduction is $ 4,000 per beneficiary.

My son’s original 529 plan had been set up by his grandmother’s long-time broker. Because it was an out-of-state account, we hadn’t been getting a Georgia tax deduction for it. And in reviewing the account details, I noticed it held higher cost investments. With these points in mind, I decided to transfer the Franklin Temple account into my Path2College 529.

Making such a transfer was new to me. Let’s talk about what I learned.

What happens when you roll over a 529 from one plan to another

The IRS allows for one tax-free rollover, per 529 beneficiary in a 12-month period. If you violate this rule, you get hit with federal income taxes and a 10% penalty on the accumulated earnings. Ouch!

The basic method for rolling over one account into another is to fill out a rollover contribution form with the 529 plan servicer you are transferring the money into. From there, the administrator of your preferred 529 plan will coordinate moving the money from the old fund into their fund.

Another method is to request a distribution of funds from the old servicer, and then, within 60 days, deposit the full amount into your preferred 529 plan. If you choose this approach, be sure to let your servicer know that the money is a rollover and give them a breakdown of how much is principal and how much is earnings.

There are a few circumstances where it may make sense to move your 529 plan funds into a different account. One scenario is the one I outlined with my son’s accounts – to make the most of the state tax deduction and to get lower cost investments. You might also want to move if your plan has performed poorly compared to other 529s and you expect the trend continue. Of course, we all know that past performance is no guarantee of future returns, but if most other plans are outpacing yours, you may consider a transfer.

You may also find that a plan is too restrictive. While federal regulations govern all plans, some plans choose to have other specific rules for their plans. One example is the provision that you cannot change the owner of the plan unless the original owner dies or becomes incapacitated. For a grandparent who sets up a 529 account with this provision and later chooses to let a parent manage the account, this can lead to frustration. But, a way to circumvent this provision would be to roll the account over to a new 529 plan that accepts owner changes.

While the 529 program was created specifically to help families save for college, the plans can now be used to pay for private school. The recently enacted GOP tax reform allows beneficiaries to use up to $ 10,000 in annual distributions from a 529 plan during grades K-12 for things like school tuition and books, in addition to later college expenses.

Before tax reform, 529 plans were a great tool. Now they’re even better. If you’re not taking advantage of this financial planning tool, it’s worth considering.

Disclosure: This information is provided to you as a resource for informational purposes only. It is being presented without consideration of the investment objectives, risk tolerance or financial circumstances of any specific investor and might not be suitable for all investors. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Investing involves risk including the possible loss of principal. This information is not intended to, and should not, form a primary basis for any investment decision that you may make. Always consult your own legal, tax or investment advisor before making any investment/tax/estate/financial planning considerations or decisions.

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Drake’s ‘God’s Plan’ to Debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

After breaking Apple Music’s record for most streams in its first week, Drake’s new song “God’s Plan” is set to debut at no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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The song arrived late on Jan. 19, along with fellow new track “Diplomatic Immunity,” which could launch in the top 20 or higher on the tally. (The songs are paired on Drake’s new “Scary Hours” two-track single.)

Let’s run some projections. Highlights of next week’s Hot 100, which blends streaming, airplay and sales data, according to Nielsen Music, will post on Billboard.com Monday (Jan. 29), with all charts posting the following day (Jan. 30).

Based on preliminary data projecting the tracking period feeding next week’s Hot 100, “God’s Plan” could draw over 55 million U.S. streams, easily enough to soar in at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart. It should also sell over 110,000 downloads and bow atop the Digital Song Sales chart. With radio promotion just beginning, the song is also likely to draw over 20 million in radio audience in the tracking week.

Meanwhile, “Diplomatic Immunity” should start with over 20 million first-week U.S. streams.

Drake is seeking his fourth Hot 100 No. 1 and second as a lead artist. He first led as featured on Rihanna‘s “What’s My Name?,” which topped the Nov. 20, 2010-dated chart , and then as featured on her “Work,” which began a nine-week reign on March 5, 2016. He followed with his own “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla, which ruled for 10 weeks beginning May 21, 2016.

“God’s Plan” would mark Drake’s first debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100 and the chart’s first since DJ Khaled‘s “I’m the One,” featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne, which roared in on top last May 20.

If you haven’t already, give “God’s Plan” a spin below.

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Music companies plan parties for Grammy week

The music world is about to descend on Gotham for The 60th annual Grammy Awards, but not everybody is in the party spirit. Industry hands are pooh-poohing the location of the event — Madison Square Garden — along with the frigid temperatures and the sprawl of New York City, as opposed to fire-ravaged, mudslide suffering…
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Anti-Smoking Plan May Kill Cigarettes & Save Big Tobacco

WASHINGTON (AP) — Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That’s the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials.

But the proposal from the Food and Drug Administration could have another unexpected effect: opening the door for companies to sell a new generation of alternative tobacco products, allowing the industry to survive — even thrive — for generations to come.

The plan puts the FDA at the center of a long-standing debate over so-called “reduced-risk” products, such as e-cigarettes, and whether they should have a role in anti-smoking efforts, which have long focused exclusively on getting smokers to quit.

“This is the single most controversial — and frankly, divisive — issue I’ve seen in my 40 years studying tobacco control policy,” said Kenneth Warner, professor emeritus at University of Michigan’s school of public health.

The FDA plan is two-fold: drastically cut nicotine levels in cigarettes so that they are essentially non-addictive. For those who can’t or won’t quit, allow lower-risk products that deliver nicotine without the deadly effects of traditional cigarettes.

This month the government effort is poised to take off. The FDA is expected to soon begin what will likely be a years-long process to control nicotine in cigarettes. And next week, the agency will hold a public meeting on a closely watched cigarette alternative from Philip Morris International, which, if granted FDA clearance, could launch as early as February.

The product, called iQOS (pronounced EYE-kose), is a penlike device that heats Marlboro-branded tobacco but stops short of burning it, an approach that Philip Morris says reduces exposure to tar and other toxic byproducts of burning cigarettes. This is different from e-cigarettes, which don’t use tobacco at all but instead vaporize liquid usually containing nicotine.

For anti-smoking activists these new products may mean surrendering hopes of a knockout blow to the industry. They say there is no safe tobacco product and the focus should be on getting people to quit. But others are more open to the idea of alternatives to get people away from cigarettes, the deadliest form of tobacco.

Tobacco companies have made claims about “safer” cigarettes since the 1950s, all later proven false. In some cases the introduction of these products, such as filtered and “low tar” cigarettes, propped up cigarette sales and kept millions of Americans smoking. Although the adult smoking rate has fallen to an all-time low of 15 percent, smoking remains the nation’s leading preventable cause of death and illness, responsible for about one in five U.S. deaths.

Anti-smoking groups also point to Big Tobacco’s history of manipulating public opinion and government efforts against smoking: In 2006, a federal judge ruled that Big Tobacco had lied and deceived the American public about the effects of smoking for more than 50 years. The industry defeated a 2010 proposal by the FDA to add graphic warning labels to cigarette packs. And FDA scrutiny of menthol-flavored cigarettes — used disproportionately by young people and minorities — has been bogged down since 2011, due to legal challenges.

“We’re not talking about an industry that is legitimately interested in saving lives here,” said Erika Sward of the American Lung Association.

But some industry observers say this time will be different.

“The environment has changed, the technology has changed, the companies have changed — that is the reality,” said Scott Ballin, a health policy consultant who previously worked for the American Heart Association.

Under a 2009 law, the FDA gained authority to regulate certain parts of the tobacco industry, including nicotine in cigarettes, though it cannot remove the ingredient completely. The same law allows the agency to scientifically review and permit sales of new tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. Little has happened so far. Last year, the agency said it would delay the deadline for manufacturers to submit their vapor-emitting products for review until 2022.

The FDA says it wants to continue to help people quit by supporting a variety of approaches, including new quit-smoking aids and opening opportunities for a variety of companies, including drugmakers, to help attack the problem. As part of this, the FDA sees an important role for alternative products — but in a world where cigarettes contain such a small amount of nicotine that they become unappealing even to lifelong smokers.

“We still have to provide an opportunity for adults who want to get access to satisfying levels of nicotine,” but without the hazards of burning tobacco, said FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb. He estimates the FDA plan could eventually prevent 8 million smoking-related deaths.

“SMOKE-FREE FUTURE”

Philip Morris International and its U.S. partner Altria will try to navigate the first steps of the new regulatory path next week.

At a two-day meeting before the FDA, company scientists will try and convince government experts that iQOS is less-harmful than cigarettes. If successful, iQOS could be advertised by Altria to U.S. consumers as a “reduced-risk” tobacco product, the first ever sanctioned by the FDA.

Because iQOS works with real tobacco the company believes it will be more effective than e-cigarettes in getting smokers to switch.

Philip Morris already sells the product in about 30 countries, including Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom.
iQOS is part of an elaborate corporate makeover for Philip Morris, which last year rebranded its website with the slogan: “Designing a smoke-free future.” The cigarette giant says it has invested over $ 3 billion in iQOS and eventually plans to stop selling cigarettes worldwide — though it resists setting a deadline.

Philip Morris executives say they are offering millions of smokers a better, less-harmful product.

Matthew Myers of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids still sees danger. He says FDA must strictly limit marketing of products like iQOS to adult smokers who are unable or unwilling to quit. Otherwise they may be used in combination with cigarettes or even picked up by nonsmokers or young people who might see the new devices as harmless enough to try.

“As a growing percentage of the world makes the decision that smoking is too dangerous and too risky, iQOS provides an alternative to quitting that keeps them in the market,” Myers says.

It’s unclear whether existing alternatives to cigarettes help smokers quit, a claim often made by e-cigarette supporters. Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests about 60 percent of adult e-cigarette users also smoke regular cigarettes.

THE CASE FOR LOWER NICOTINE

Experts who study nicotine addiction say the FDA plan is grounded in the latest science.

Several recent studies have shown that when smokers switch to very low-nicotine cigarettes they smoke less and are more likely to try quitting. But they also seek nicotine from other sources, underscoring the need for alternatives. Without new options, smokers would likely seek regular-strength cigarettes on the black market.

Crucial to the FDA proposal is a simple fact: nicotine is highly addictive, but not deadly. It’s the burning tobacco and other substances inhaled through smoking that cause cancer, heart disease and bronchitis.

“It’s hard to imagine that using nicotine and tobacco in a way that isn’t burned, in a non-combustible form, isn’t going to be much safer,” said Eric Donny, an addiction researcher at the University of Pittsburgh.

A study of 800 smokers by Donny and other researchers showed that when nicotine was limited to less than 1 milligram per gram of tobacco, users smoked fewer cigarettes. The study, funded by the FDA, was pivotal to showing that smokers won’t compensate by smoking more if nicotine intake is reduced enough. That was the case with “light” and “low-tar” cigarettes introduced in the 1960s and 1970s, when some smokers actually began smoking more cigarettes per day.

Still, many in the anti-smoking community say larger, longer studies are needed to predict how low-nicotine cigarettes would work in the real world.

LEGAL RISKS

Key to the FDA plan is the assumption that the two actions will happen at the same time: as regulators cut nicotine in conventional cigarettes, manufacturers will provide alternative products.

But that presumes that tobacco companies will willingly part with their flagship product, which remains enormously profitable.
Kenneth Warner, the public policy professor, said he would be “astonished” if industry cooperates on reducing nicotine levels.

“I don’t think they will. I think they will bring out all of their political guns against it and I’m quite certain they will sue to prevent it,” he said.

In that scenario, the FDA plan to make cigarettes less addictive could be stalled in court for years while companies begin launching FDA-sanctioned alternative products. Tobacco critics say that scenario would be the most profitable for industry.

“It’s like Coke, you can have regular Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, we’ll sell you any Coke you like,” said Robin Koval, president of the Truth Initiative, which runs educational anti-tobacco campaigns.

But the FDA’s Gottlieb says the two parts of the plan must go together. “I’m not going to advance this in a piecemeal fashion,” he said.

When pressed about whether industry will sue FDA over mandatory nicotine reductions, tobacco executives for Altria and other companies instead emphasized the long, complicated nature of the regulatory process.

“I’m not going to speculate about what may happen at the end of a multiyear process,” said Jose Murillo, an Altria vice president. “It will be science and evidence-based and we will be engaged at every step of the way.”

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Word is there will be 2 new Drake songs dropping at midnight (Jan. 20). And they are here

As Drake noted on his Instagram, the songs are called “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity.” The songs are from a 2-track EP titled Scary Hours.

Drake being Drizzy on both of these joints. “God’s Plan” has a bouncier groove while “Diplomatic Immunity” is a string-heavy number.

Listen below.

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2018 is Here! Do You Have a Plan for Your Career?

You’ve heard the expression that when you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Your career is not exempt from this message. This is why it should be no surprise that individuals who are intentional about setting their career goals and creating a plan of action to accomplish them tend to be more successful than those who don’t plan at all. Simply put, when you fail to make your career a priority, you limit your own opportunities for progression and advancement. To have the career of your choice, you must invest your time and effort. Career success requires careful planning, sacrifice, dedication and, most importantly, hard work.

So whether you’re just starting out in your career, at the midpoint of your career, or gearing up for the last few years before retirement, you need a plan.

Here are five proven tips to assist you with creating your 2018 Career Plan:

 

  1. First, take inventory of the knowledge, skills, and abilities you currently possess and identify what more you need to acquire in order to accomplish your career pursuits.
  2. Second, write down every career goal that you would like to accomplish in 2018, no matter how big or small.
  3. Define approximately how much time it will take for you to accomplish each career goal and take into consideration factors such as qualifications, requirements, etc., that you must meet in order to be successful.
  4. Next, organize your goals according to a timetable you wish to accomplish them. Be realistic with yourself based on the time and effort that you can commit.
  5. Finally, execute, execute, and execute. Work smart, consistently, and with the willingness to make appropriate sacrifices to accomplish the career plan you created for yourself. And when things don’t go the way you planned, assess the situation quickly and develop an alternative plan of action to execute.

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Black Woman CPA Breaks Down How The New Trump Tax Plan Affects Your Personal Finances

Kemberley “Kemcents” Washington, CPA is the co-founder of Washington CPA Services L.L.C. She is part of the  AICPA National Financial Literacy Commission and regularly appears on broadcast TV providing financial advice. Here is her take on what the GOP’s massive new tax bill means for your financial life: 

 

The GOP passed the most massive tax bill in more than 30 years. While the bill is known for helping large corporations, the plan will impact each taxpayer’s personal finance in significant ways.

First, to get an understanding of how the GOP tax bill will impact you, you have to understand the current tax laws and the expected changes.

Standard and Itemized Deductions

Currently, an individual can take the higher of the standard deduction or itemized deduction on their tax return. Both deductions reduce taxable income under the GOP tax plan The current standard deduction for filers is  $ 6,350 for single filers, $ 9,350 for head of household, and $ 12,700 for joint filers. Itemized deductions include amounts paid for charity, medical, mortgage interest, casualty losses, state and local taxes, and other expenses. An individual will still be able to take the higher of the standard deduction or itemized deduction on their tax return.

The standard deduction doubles for tax filers. The amounts will increase to single $ 12,000, head of households $ 18,000, and joint filers $ 24,000.Some itemized deductions will be eliminated or limited. Casualty losses will no longer be deductible unless it is a federally declared disaster. Mortgage interest will be limited to mortgage debt of $ 750,000. State and local taxes are limited to $ 10,000.

How will this impact me –  If you live in states with high state and local taxes, you may not benefit from the change. Also, if you experience a loss due to a casualty, it may not help unless it is a federally declared disaster.

Personal and Dependent Exemptions

The current tax law allows for persons to claim a deduction of $ 4,050 per person for each spouse and dependent. The personal exemption reduces taxable income and can be very advantageous to those who have a large family and a number of dependents. The deduction does not depend on your filing status but could be phased out if you are a high-income earner. The new tax law is expected to do away with the personal exemption.

How will this impact me – If you have a large family with many dependents, you may not benefit from this change.

Child Tax Credit

The current tax law allows a child tax credit of $ 1,000 per person and limits the credit to those with moderate-income (up to $ 110,000). The credit is available to those who have children under the age of 17 and meet certain tests. The bill is expected to increase the credit to $ 2,000 per child and extend the credit to higher-income tax earners (up to $ 400,000 joint).

How will this impact me – If you have dependent children, you can expect to benefit from the child tax credit.

According to the Tax Policy Center, high-income taxpayers will receive the largest tax savings under this bill.  The Center also estimates that the average middle-income taxpayer will pay about $ 900 less under this bill. The amount of tax savings will depend on your personal filing status, income, and the number of dependents. But overall, middle-income individuals can expect to see small to modest tax changes over the next 10 years.

 

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Eastenders Christmas spoilers: Max Branning plots to KILL Ian Beale and Phil Mitchell after his revenge plan goes wrong

MAX Branning isn’t done exacting his revenge on the residents of the Walford.

After his dealings with property developer Willmott-Brown are exposed, leading him to fall out with his family, Max decides he has nothing left to lose – so he comes to the conclusion that murder is the only option.

After his daughters disown him, Max decides he has nothing left to lose.
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Actor Jake Wood, who plays Max, has revealed the scenes will be particularly highly charged, in part thanks to the return of writer Simon Ashdown.

He told Inside Soap: “The build-up to Christmas is some of the most action-packed stuff I’ve ever seen.

“In terms of what I’ve read, these are maybe the best scripts since the Max and Stacey DVD reveal in 2007.”

Max is left a broken man when his daughters Lauren and Abi tell him they want nothing more to do with him.

Stacey takes pity on Max
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He then identifies Phil Mitchell and Ian Beale as the people who have wronged him the most – and decides they need to be dealt with.

Jake added: “Max’s revenge was supposed to be a joyous moment for him – but he’s been cut loose by his co-conspirators, and slipped into a traumatic mental state.

“He has a lot of anger towards people, and doesn’t know how to go about dealing with it.”

Stacey takes pity on Max and invites him to live with her and husband Martin.

Will Max have gone to far by the time Stacey steps in?
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But, at this point, Max has already taken action – and tried to kill Ian.

Jake added: “When Stacey takes Max in, he’s already tried to kill Ian and is on his way to murder Phil!

“I don’t know what the medical definition is, but it feels like he’s having a psychotic episode.”

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HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s Medicare plan was named the highest performing in the nation in the prevention of potentially harmful drug disease interactions in the elderly, according to the 2017 National Committee for Quality Assurance Medicare Quality Compass® report.

The annual Medicare Quality Compass report assesses the performance of more than 300 Medicare health plans throughout the nation in 30 measures of effectiveness of care. Including NCQA ranking data from previous years, 2017 marks the 13th year in a row that Kaiser Permanente’s Medicare and Medicaid plans were recognized as the No. 1 health plan in Hawaii, and the 10th year its commercial plan has received top marks in the state.

“Medication management is extremely important for kupuna patients, who can experience serious adverse side effects that may lead to falls, hospitalization and other medical emergencies,” said Linda Puu, vice president of Quality, Safety and Service, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “Our providers and staff are committed to keeping seniors safe from dangerous drug interactions, aided by our integrated care delivery model and leading electronic health record system, which helps flag potential issues.”

Kaiser Permanente health plans were honored with a number of quality care accolades in 2017. Earlier in the year, Kaiser Permanente’s Medicare plan received the highest rating of 5 out of 5 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Kaiser Permanente’s commercial plan was also named the highest performing plan in the nation in three measures of quality care in the 2017 Quality Compass – Commercial report. Locally, Kaiser Permanente performed higher than any other Hawaii health plan in 26 of 42 measures, including prenatal care, comprehensive diabetes care and controlling high blood pressure.

The annual NCQA Quality Compass rankings are based on combined scores of Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) and the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®). Complete results are available at www.ncqa.org.

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About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in Hawaii in 1958, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente Hawaii is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, community health, and providing patient-centered total health for the people and communities of Hawaii. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

 

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Small Business Owners Plan to Hire More and Add New Products in 2018

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Some 90% of small businesses intend to hire one to two people in 2018, a new survey shows.

Implementing a new marketing strategy among plans for next year

 

Simultaneously, 37.6% of small business owners are contemplating offering a new product or service, and 35.7% aim to apply a new marketing strategy. About 19% plan to partner with another small business.

 

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The findings are based on a survey released by Microsoft Store and done by SurveyMonkey. Some 1,300 U.S. small-business owners with one and 200 employees were surveyed. The analysis pinpoints trends and gauges what challenges and opportunities the owners see in the oncoming year.

About half of the owners identified their biggest challenge as staying ahead of rapid changes in technology in 2018. Further, 23% reported budget constraints were a big concern in maintaining and growing their ventures. For brand new small businesses, budgeting was their top challenge, something expected for businesses opened less than a year.

Other findings from the survey:

  • Eighty percent of respondents say they now maintain enough freedom and flexibility to support their work-life balance. That finding came despite the challenge to keep pace with digital innovation that companies face today.

 

  • Those surveyed maintain a high level of mobility, working off-site and in multiple locations instead of at a fixed venue. The younger the business (less than one year old), the more likely it is to have employees who work mainly with mobile devices. As companies get larger, mobile use gives way to other devices and digital options for how work gets done.

 

  • In navigating the demands of both budget and technological readiness, over 30% of the respondents report they are likely to turn to familiar sources (a family or close friend) for technical guidance or help with computers, email or software.

 

  • In terms of cybersecurity threats, 50% reported they are not concerned about a data breach, while 25% are doing anything to protect themselves.

 

  • Twenty-six percent of respondents stated they have a formal relationship with a support or service establishment, small businesses said comfortable, human interaction was key in how they sought help.

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How Do I Write an Executive Summary for a Business Plan?

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Creating a Business Plan is a fundamental step when starting a business of any size. When you’re looking for investors to help finance your business, it’s very likely that they’ll ask to see your proposal so they can determine whether they can trust you to provide them with a return on their investment.

Typically, the front page of your Business Plan should be an executive summary, which is essentially a detailed table of contents and elevator pitch for your plan. Investors tend to be busy professionals, so you need to hook them by describing the benefits of investing in your business as concisely as possible.

Below, we’ll discuss the main things you should include in the executive summary of your Business Plan and ask some questions to help get you started.

If you’re looking for advice on writing a full Business Plan, have a look at our Top Six Tips for Writing a Business Plan to help make yours the most captivating.

What Should Be Included in an Executive Summary?

You should break your executive summary into sections. Create succinct, easily understood headers that are relevant to each topic or section in your Business Plan and write three or four clear sentences with pertinent information.

A good strategy is to think like your investor. Consider a few questions that you’d want the answers to if you were the one investing and base the content in each section on those answers.

The headers should match up with the sections in your business proposal, which will likely include:

  1. Company goals: Think about what your company can realistically achieve. What do you want to accomplish in the next 12 months? In the next 5 years? What are your sales forecasts?
  2. Timeline for achieving those goals: Show you’re a visionary and a realist. When will planning be complete? When will you hire employees? When will your product or service be available for sale? If you’re a brick-and-mortar establishment, when will you open your doors?
  3. Personal information: Describe yourself as a business owner. Do you have experience in your industry? What are your qualifications? Why should you, and not someone else, run this business? What’s the company structure?
  4. Product and/or service information: Sell the investor on what you anticipate to be your bestseller(s). What separates this product/service from your competitors? If it’s a unique product/service, how will you garner interest and awareness? Do you have plans to develop new products/services to stay relevant a few years down the line?
  5. Your customers: Demonstrate you’ve conducted consumer research. Who is your target customer? How will you reach them? How will you advertise to them?
  6. SWOT analysis: Show that you’ve done a thorough competitor and market analysis. What are your company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats? What’s your competition like? How are you planning to out-perform your competitors?
  7. Capital requirements: Demonstrate financial competency. How much have you invested? How much do you need to borrow? Where is the money going? How will you pay it back?

Pitch the Positives of Your Plan

The aim of the executive summary in your Business Plan is to hook an investor. As long as you can highlight the best aspects of your plan and present them in a concise manner, it’s likely that your reader will take the time to evaluate your plan in full.

You don’t have to exaggerate or lie in your summary to overshadow any risks. Just whittle it down to the gems, and let your plan speak for itself.

Do you have any tips for writing a pithy pitch for a business proposal?

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Everything You Need to Know About the Republican Tax Plan

Recently, the House Republicans passed their tax plan, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).  The proposed tax bill is expected to be one of the most significant tax overhauls since 1986.

Republicans promise the plan will provide tax savings for the typical family, simplify taxes for millions of Americans, and reduce tax burdens for corporations.

But how does it stack up for small business owners?

 

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Corporations Greatly Favored

 

For small businesses formed as corporations, the Republican tax plan will provide a huge tax benefit. The tax plan seeks to slash the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% but also eliminates certain deductions for corporations.

The plan includes a temporary allowance that would allow corporations to immediately expense capital expenditures, a benefit that can help businesses seeking to grow and expand their business operations.

While many corporations welcome the tax cuts, the Tax Policy Center argues the tax bill will cause a 1.5 trillion deficit over the next 10 years and would add to the national debt during this time.

Little-to-no Benefit for Pass-Through Entities

 

Most small businesses are “pass-through” entities, defined as partnerships, S-corporations, and sole proprietorships. These types of entities are very different from corporations in that they are not taxed “per se,” but the profits pass through the business owners’ tax returns.

As such, the business owner’s tax bracket will determine the amount of taxes he or she is required to pay. Therefore, owners could face taxes in the highest tax bracket on profits generated from their small businesses.

As such, the tax plan seeks to provide “some” tax relief for owners of pass-through entities by capping tax rates to 25%. While this may be advantageous, many may argue that this does not do enough for small business owners.

According to the Center on Budget and Policies Priorities (CBPP), more than 70% of small business owners organized as “pass-through” entities are taxed at rates 15% or lower. Therefore small businesses will see little to no benefit.

 

Chance of the Bill Passing



Keep in mind; this tax bill is not finalized. It is highly likely it will go through significant changes before it is approved and makes it to the president’s desk.

Many tax analysts and economists argue the plan may be a far reach from becoming the law of the land. Groups such as the National Federation of Independent Business oppose the tax plan saying it does not do enough to help small business owners since the “pass-through” provision leaves many small businesses behind.

For now, this will be a waiting game. The Senate has recently unveiled its version of its tax plan. While this bill is similar to the House bill, there are slight differences. Notably, the Senate bill proposes to delay corporate tax reductions until 2019. Also, a recent amendment filed by Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee aims to increase retirement “catch up” contributions from $ 6,000 to $ 9,000. However, the amount contributed will no longer be pretax.

Small business owners should continue to monitor its progress to determine its final impact on their bottom line.

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This year I’m going to make a do-less holiday plan if it kills me

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Kelly Wilbanks

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The aging pumpkins on our porch fill me with dread and excitement. The holiday season is approaching. How did this happen? One minute I was watching this summer’s eclipse and the next we’re gearing up for Black Friday and all that it entails.

If need to step back now and think about what I want this holiday season to be about and not get caught up in all the stuff to do.  I want a do- less plan in place. I want to make memories with my family and I don’t want those memories filled with anxiety about being late, being rushed, and being stressed.

I remember Christmas as a little girl. The memories that stand out to me are taking family pictures in front of the Christmas tree, feeding a reindeer, opening presents, and being a baby doll in our school’s play. Oh, and I remember feeling guilty sitting on Santa’s lap because I was still wearing the pants I’d wet myself in earlier that day.

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That is what I remember: the feelings. The excitement and the joy and a little guilt for wetting Santa’s knee. So, how do we get there? How do I keep the anxiety, the stress and the demands of “holiday cheer” from smothering the joy of the season? I want my kids to experience the joy, of course, but also for me and my spouse who have to manage all these festivities.

Scale back

The best advice I can give you and myself is to scale back. Think about all the things you want to do and then begin eliminating. The younger your kids are the more things you should probably just let go. Think through nap schedules and the time it takes to do things i.e. from packing up essential items, to getting the kids in the van, to driving, to being there, to coming home. Factor all that in, and then decide if it’s worth it.

Last year we visited Santa and the train museum. Here’s a picture of my daughter having a behind-the-scenes conference with the big man himself. At 4 years old she had a very clear list for him and was happy for this one-on-one time. It was an all day thing that worked with two kids, but I’m not sure will work with three. It might be an adventure Vivi gets to just do with Dad this year or we may do it next year as a family.

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Tradition-keeping is overrated

Keeping a tradition isn’t worth it for tradition’s sake. Does getting a Christmas tree require a tromp through the woods? No, it might have been sweet the first year you were married. But, we’ve found some perfectly good Christmas tree lot trees over the years because we didn’t have time to make an entire day out of getting our tree.

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It took us almost a week to decorate because it was more important that we have time to do traditions like reading The Night Before Christmas and getting our kids to bed at a decent hour. It might just take that long to decorate your tree or… to redecorate it when a helpful toddler decides the act of decorating is so much more fun than the finished product.

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Put REST on the calendar

You have to plan for rest. I know that might sound silly, but seriously — put REST on your calendar. You can thank me later. Have a day here and there where you know nothing is scheduled. Catch up, pause, and just be with your family. We have the second weekend in December booked for a stay-cation. We’re putting on Christmas pajamas and just watching Christmas movies together.

Ask your kids, if they’re old enough, what they remember from last year. My daughter remembered doing a journey-through-Bethlehem annual walk that the local Adventist church. It comes complete with camels so it’s quite memorable. We added that to our list, but left off things she didn’t list or remember.

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Of course, we have things on the schedule, but we’re holding these things loosely knowing that having sick, drained or tired kiddos isn’t worth it. We love our kids and want to keep loving our kids during the holiday season.

How do you rein the holidays in?

Images by Kelly Wilbanks

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