Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Better World; Disabled People Get a Financial Break

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Better World; Disabled People Get a Financial Break

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Here is one good reason for re-electing an effective incumbent congressman.

Our disabled citizens now have some financial help from the federal government thanks to a bill that U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw has long proposed.

The ABLE Act recently was signed by President Barack Obama.

The act will give Americans with disabilities the same sort of financial planning tools that other Americans have. The law amends the IRS code to create tax-free accounts for qualified expenses, according to a news release from Crenshaw's office.

"Benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program, the beneficiary's employment and other sources would be supplemented, but not supplanted by the legislation," according to the release.

Crenshaw, the House author of the act, introduced it in 2006. Since then he has worked with various congressional partners to build support.

"Positive achievements can be made by working together to improve the quality of life for those in need," Crenshaw said in the release.

"The ABLE Act proves that. ABLE accounts open the door to financial peace of mind for so many."

These Americans will no longer stand on the sidelines regarding planning for their financial future.

Here is one fine example of a bill that improves the quality of life for Americans. It also shows that most issues have no great ideological divisions and deserve bipartisan consideration.

This is why we elect people to Congress. By looking out for the lives of the less fortunate, they help all of us.

For more information, go to Crenshaw's website:


The first stage of the recovery from the Great Recession was a net increase in jobs even if they were not the best paid.

The second stage is an increase in quality jobs.

The third stage will be marked by more competition and wage increases.

Now there is a positive sign - the percentage of Americans saying it's a good time to find a quality job is the best since the recession.

Gallup has been asking the question about quality jobs since 2001. The current rate is the best since 2007.

The highest percentages for the question on quality jobs was 48 percent in January 2007; the lowest was 8 percent in November 2011.

The current rate is 36 percent.

Interestingly, young adults are more optimistic about the quality job situation than older Americans.

A similar ranking by the Manpower group sees the most positive employment outlook since the recession.

Of the 18,000 employers surveyed, 19 percent expect to increase hiring in the first quarter while 6 percent expect a decrease.


Last year Florida added nearly 300,000 new residents while New York added 50,000, reported the Tampa Bay Times.

So now it is official that Florida has passed New York as the third most populous state in the Union. …

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