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Real Changes for Food Stamps?

The topic of the food stamp program is always a hot button issue. Republicans are likely to once again try to reform the program. Democrats will charge that they are hurting those that can ill afford to have cuts. But is it time to make changes now that we have come out of the recession and there is less need for the additional support passed years ago? Are there legitimate concerns about food stamp cuts? What is the “Right Thing to do?”

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What?!!!! Menopause Lasts More Than 7 Years!

According to a recent article published in the online version of JAMA Internal Medicine, the vasomotor symptoms of menopause (including hot flashes and night sweats) lasted more than seven years in a large study of women of mixed race. The average onset of menopause occurs about age 51. African American women had the longest duration, with an average of 10.1 years. Asian women had the shortest duration averaging 5 years. Duration was an average of 7 years for non-Hispanic white women and 9 years for Hispanic women.

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Michigan Is Not Alone

In states across the country, corporate subsidy programs are coming under scrutiny from elected officials on both sides of the aisle because of the significant impact these initiatives are having on government’s ability to balance the books. On Wednesday last week, Governor Snyder slashed more than $100 million in state department spending to help plug the state’s budget gap, due largely to estimated corporate subsidies of $325 million this year that were previously promised. Do subsidies spur economic development? Are states keeping track and budgeting appropriately to account for these subsidies? What should states do, including Michigan, to deal with this emerging problem as state economies grow and corporations qualify for these incentives? What is the “Right Thing to do?”

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Cantry (It’s In Your Pantry) Must Haves for a Healthy Heart

Tina Miller 2011It’s fitting that February is the month of love and is also National Heart Month. Did you know that many canned foods get high scores for keeping your heart healthy? Plus, you’ll love the fact that canned foods simplify meal preparation! Load these essential canned foods into your Meijer cart, and pantry (cantry), and your heart will love you for it!

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President Obama’s Budget: DOA?

President Obama called for sweeping tax increases last Monday in a budget proposal that dropped any quest for fiscal grand bargains with Congress. Is his proposal for more than $1 trillion in new tax measures over the next decade dead on arrival in Congress? Why were there no new measures to curtail entitlement spending? No mention of trimming the deficit? Nothing to reduce the national debt? Are these issues no longer important for the economy? Will the Republican Congress pass the proposed budget? What is the “Right Thing to do?”

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Your Heart & The Lucky 7

The first heart month was declared in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson and that 10 Million American had heart disease at that time. Today, cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of death each year. Use these “lucky 7” tips to greatly reduce your risk for heart disease.

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Add One More Issue to the List

The Republican controlled Congress has a long list of issues to deal with. The major issues include the funding for the Highway Trust Fund which will run out of money in May, the budget bill for the Department of Homeland Security due by the end of March, next year’s budget, trade authorization, energy regulations, possible tax reform, infrastructure funding, maybe even immigration and reform of Obama Care. But there is one more issue that they will have to deal with sometime in 2016, if not before–Social Security Disability Insurance funding.

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Gas Taxes: Where Does the Money Go?

Gas prices appear headed below a nationwide average of $2 a gallon in coming days, one of the swiftest declines on record. Average pump prices—$2.04 a gallon last Thursday—are now down more than 40% since last June, when they stood near $3.68 a gallon, according to the auto club AAA. Gas prices are below $2 a gallon in 27 states, including Michigan. Is this the perfect time to raise the Federal gas tax? Is there a concern that prices are too low, causing consumers to buy bigger vehicles with lower gas mileage per gallon? Will this hurt sales of hybrid and electric vehicles? Will higher Federal gas taxes help to correct this problem? What is the “Right Thing to do?”

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Slow Cooker Simplified

What’s for dinner? If that question stresses you out, reach for the tools that can simplify evening meals. On hectic weeknights your crockpot or slow cooker can be your best friend! Preparing dinner with a slow cooker is an easy way to get all the nutrients of a home-cooked meal without slaving over a hot stove for hours.

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Free Education for Everyone..Except the Taxpayers

President Obama greatly expanded benefits of the college student loan program. It is expected that he will announce a new plan to provide free community college tuition for students. As a result of these actions have we in effect provided free college education and now community college education? What are the costs to the taxpayers? What are the implications to the Federal budget building process? Should we be adding to the Federal deficit? What is the “Right Thing to do?”

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