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Social Security trust funds improve, says Board of Trustees

The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance (OASI and DI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2035, one year later than projected last year, with 80 percent of benefits payable at that time.

FEMA Region 3 helps bereaved families, reaches COVID funeral cost milestone

FEMA Region 3 reports funeral assistance funds provided to families of applicants have topped $208 million.

Sen. Kaine backs bill to cap out-of-pocket insulin costs at $35/month

“No one should have to choose between paying for their medication and keeping food on the table,” said Senator Kaine. “I’m proud to cosponsor legislation that would cap out-of-pocket costs of insulin and help working families make ends meet.” The Affordable Insulin Now Act would require Medicare plans and private group or individual health care plans to cap patients’ out-of-pocket costs for insulin at $35 per month.

AARP issues fraud alert to watch out for bad weather and disaster repair scams

When bad weather events and disasters occur, AARP says shady contractors and outright impostors flock to neighborhoods in search of “work” that they may or may not even attempt to do. Many will specifically target older homeowners whom they perceive to be more trusting, more likely to have savings, and – they think – may be experiencing cognitive decline.

March 31 “Listening Session” on land use issues in Gainesville District

Gainesville Supervisor Pete Candland has announced a listening session on Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m. in the Battlefield High School Auditorium (doors open at 6:30). Planning Commission and School Board representatives want input on PW Digital Gateway CPA and the 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update and how these land use decisions impact schools.

Governor calls Va. legislature into special session April 4

Virginia's Governor Glenn Youngkin today, March 24, issued a proclamation calling the members of the General Assembly into special session on April 4th to address the unfinished work from the 2022 legislative session.

Sen. Kaine (D-VA) introduces legislation to boost military spouses in job market

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee and is Co-Chair of the Senate Military Families Caucus, and U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) introduced the Military Spouse Hiring Act March 23. This legislation proposes to amend the tax code to incentivize businesses to hire military spouses.

Va. Governor proposes no tax on gas for three months

Governor Youngkin has proposes a gas tax holiday–Legislation would use a portion of excess transportation revenue to support three month gas tax suspension

AARP says Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has declared social media a “Gold Mine” for scammers

AARP reports that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has declared social media a “Gold Mine” for scammers. Social media scams in 2021 doubled the amount of reported losses from 2020 – and we know fraud is severely under-reported, so the real losses are likely much higher.

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