Friday, October 7, 2022

Social Security Benefits Expected to Increase, But Challenges Remain

Florida News Connection


October 5, 2022

By: Trimmel Gomes

Social Security benefits could see their highest increase in several decades, but those advocating for beneficiaries say there is still plenty of concern about today's financial hardships.

The latest forecast indicates 2023 benefits will increase by around 9% when the decision is announced this month.

Richard Fiesta, executive director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, said while the increase helps to temper inflation, it falls short for many older Americans.

"It's still not enough in terms of basic benefits," Fiesta argued. "To keep pace with seniors who have much higher costs in health care, in transportation and housing and basic necessities like food than the rest of the population."

Fiesta is advocating for bills in Congress to expand benefits and boost the Social Security tax cap in order to extend the program's solvency. However, Republicans, including Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., have been calling for sunsetting government programs such as Medicare and Social Security every five years.

Jon Bauman, president of Social Security Works's political action committee, thinks the sunset proposal is preposterous because the money in the Social Security Trust Fund comes directly from workers' wages during all of their lives and their employers' contribution.

"But I guess these guys are proposing that, 'Ya, we're going to decide whether we're actually going to give those people that money that was guaranteed to them or maybe we just won't.' Which seems quite remarkable," Bauman remarked. "Social Security's been around since 1935 and hasn't missed a payment yet."

Fiesta believes one way to revamp the program's funding challenges is to get rid of the current wage cap which is $147,000 dollars, which means people who make more are not subject to social security withholding on earnings above that level.

"We think if you would raise that cap you could make the Social Security Trust Fund more financially stable well into the future," Fiesta contended. "And also increase benefits, especially for people who may not have made a lot in their working life." 

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October 7 Prayer Pod

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October 7 Galatians 5:22-23
Pray: Lord hear Your words: But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.


Lord hear my request: (Say your needs, wants, fears, thanksgivings) -  In Jesus name I pray – Amen.

      
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Thursday, October 6, 2022

October 6 Prayer Pod

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October 6 Romans 6:12
Pray: Lord hear Your words: Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey its lusts.


Lord hear my request: (Say your needs, wants, fears, thanksgivings) -  In Jesus name I pray – Amen.

      
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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

About That AFT $23 BILLION Rail Tax: Fact Checking Pro Rail Tax Supporters is Why They Refuse to Debate NoTaxForTracks

Tampa, Fl 

  

From: Eye On Tampa Bay
Posted by: Sharon Calvert

Deja vu! Over $212K of glossy Mailers of Misinformation from the Pro Rail Tax PAC, All for Transportation (AFT), have flown out to deceive voters again.

Let's breakdown some of AFT's deception.

First of all - AFT tries to deceive voters that a quote used in their Mailer of Misinformation is from the Tampa Bay Times.   

The quote below used in AFT's Mailer of Misinformation came from AFT's Chair Tyler Hudson. AFT's claim the Rail Tax is a "balanced solution" is just an OPINION that Hudson used in AFT's Pro Rail Tax Op-Ed published in the Tampa Bay Times on September 14. 


AFT insinuates this quote is from the Times. AFT fails to disclose the quote they used is their own OPINION from their own Op-Ed in support of their own Rail Tax plan

 AFT admits in their Op-Ed it is their Rail tax plan - not any transportation plan created by the County - that is on the ballot again. AFT's plan was crafted behind closed doors with special interests and taxpayer funded bureaucrat insiders, outside of Sunshine and with no public input.   

 AFT's OPINION that their $23 BILLION Rail Tax is a "balanced solution" to fund transportation in Hillsborough County is nonsense. 

Why?

TO READ ENTRIE POST: EYE ON TAMPA BAY

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Cross Posted with permission from: Eye On Tampa Bay

October 5 Prayer Pod

 

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October 5 John 14:1
Pray: Lord hear Your words: Let not your heart be troubled; You believe in God, believe also in me.


Lord hear my request: (Say your needs, wants, fears, thanksgivings) -  In Jesus name I pray – Amen.

      
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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

October 4 Prayer Pod

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October 4 John 10: 14-15
Pray: Lord hear Your words: I am the Good Shepherd; And I know my sheep, and I am known by my own. As the father knows me, even so I know the father and I lay down my life for the sheep.


Lord hear my request: (Say your needs, wants, fears, thanksgivings) -  In Jesus name I pray – Amen.

      
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Monday, October 3, 2022

October 3 Prayer Pod

 

We all want to pray but sometimes we find it difficult to begin our prayer.  Many Pastors and Ministers suggest you begin your prayer by praying back God’s words from Scripture.

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October 3 Psalm 55:22
Pray: Lord hear Your words: Cast your burden on the Lord, and he shall sustain you; he shall never permit the righteous to be moved.


Lord hear my request: (Say your needs, wants, fears, thanksgivings) -  In Jesus name I pray – Amen.

      
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Sunday, October 2, 2022

About that $23 BILLION Rail Tax: Duping Voters With Misleading, Filtered Information and Distorted Facts

 


Tampa, Fl

From: Eye On Tampa Bay
Posted by: Sharon Calvert


How does one dupe voters?

By censoring, filtering information, making misleading claims and falsely telling voters their massive Rail Tax fixes everything.

Pro Rail Tax All for Transportation (AFT) claims there is a $13 Billion backlog of transportation projects. To sell their $23 Billion Rail Tax, they are falsely insinuating their massive rail tax hike is tied directly to the entire transportation backlog.

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Posted by Sharon Calvert 

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 Cross Posted with permission from: Eye On Tampa Bay

October 2 Prayer Pod

 

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October 2 John 20:29
Pray: Lord hear Your words: Jesus said unto him, “Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed.”


Lord hear my request: (Say your needs, wants, fears, thanksgivings) -  In Jesus name I pray – Amen.

      
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Saturday, October 1, 2022

Remembering Those with Disabilities Before, During and After the Hurricane

Florida News Connection
September 29, 2022

By: Trimmel Gomes

In an appeal to the public as Hurricane Ian barreled toward Florida, an advocate for persons with disabilities urged everyone to consider checking in with neighbors, friends or family members who may benefit from a helping hand.

Mandy Bianchi, executive director of the group Ability1st, wrote a column in the Tallahassee Democrat published the morning before the then-Category 4 storm made landfall in Southwest Florida, explaining those who are vulnerable have a lot more to consider during hurricane preparedness, including obstacles such as getting emergency notification and transportation; evacuation; sheltering; access to medications, refrigeration, and backup power.

"For people who need oxygen or a CPAP machine or anything along those lines, if we lose power that is really a frightening situation for people who rely on those type of devices," Bianchi pointed out.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 4 adults in Florida has a disability, which is more than 4.5 million people.

Bianchi stressed it is important to think before, during and after the storm about any person who might be in need of help, and to check on them. She added if you are scared of what could happen during a storm, they might be even more so, and every little bit counts.

Bianchi's organization works across six Florida counties and provides services to people who are homeless. She is also shedding light on being available to assist those with mental-health needs.

"For people who have mental-health concerns, just knowing that somebody is nearby or can call and check on them, it's just a comforting feeling to know that they are not going to be forgotten about or left behind," Bianchi advised.

Almost immediately after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, the National Council on Disability estimated there were roughly 155,000 people with disabilities over the age of 5, or about 25 % of the cities' populations, living in the three cities hardest hit by the hurricane.

Federal agencies such as FEMA, as well as Florida's Division of Emergency Management, provides guidelines on the best ways to plan and support those with disabilities.

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October 1 Prayer Pod

 

 

We all want to pray but sometimes we find it difficult to begin our prayer.  Many Pastors and Ministers suggest you begin your prayer by praying back God’s words from Scripture.

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October 1 Romans 8:18
Pray: Lord hear Your words: For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.


Lord hear my request: (Say your needs, wants, fears, thanksgivings) -  In Jesus name I pray – Amen.

      
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Friday, September 30, 2022

After Ian

 

September 30 Prayer Pod

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September 30 Matthew 10:22
Pray: Lord hear Your words: And you will be hated by all for my namesake. But he Who is endures to the end will be saved


Lord hear my request: (Say your needs, wants, fears, thanksgivings) -  In Jesus name I pray – Amen.

      
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Thursday, September 29, 2022

September 29 Prayer Pod

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September 29 Proverbs 15:13
Pray: Lord hear Your words: A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken


Lord hear my request: (Say your needs, wants, fears, thanksgivings) -  In Jesus name I pray – Amen.

      
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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

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September 28 Prayer Pod

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September 28 1 John 1:19
Pray: Lord hear Your words: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


Lord hear my request: (Say your needs, wants, fears, thanksgivings) -  In Jesus name I pray – Amen.

      
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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

September 27 Prayer Pod

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September 27 Psalm 103:19
Pray: Lord hear Your words: The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his Kingdom rules overall.


Lord hear my request: (Say your needs, wants, fears, thanksgivings) -  In Jesus name I pray – Amen.

      
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Monday, September 26, 2022

September 26 Prayer Pod

 We all want to pray but sometimes we find it difficult to begin our prayer.  Many Pastors and Ministers suggest you begin your prayer by praying back God’s words from Scripture.

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September 26 Romans 11:36
Pray: Lord hear Your words: For of him and through him and to him are all things common to him be glory forever.


Lord hear my request: (Say your needs, wants, fears, thanksgivings) -  In Jesus name I pray – Amen.

      
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Sunday, September 25, 2022

'Don't Say Gay' Proves Challenging for FL Students, Teachers

 Posted on: September 23, 2022

By: Trimmel Gomes

Despite being aimed at children in kindergarten through third grade, Florida teachers say what's often referred to as the "Don't Say Gay" law has struck fear in teachers and students of all grades.

Billed as an effort to give parents more control over the types of instruction allowed in classrooms, the Parental Rights in Education Act prohibits classroom instruction about sexual orientation or gender identity up to the third grade. But since it went into effect in July, Erika Houvouras, a high school English teacher, said the law has done nothing but cause stress and confusion for all.

"I have had students come to me and say, 'Hey, we've been told that if we ask you to call us different pronouns, you have to tell our parents.' And you know, 'If you see us in the halls with someone of the same gender, you have to tell our parents'," she said. "And I tell them, 'That's never going to happen. You don't have to be concerned about that with me.'"

Houvouras said in group chats with teachers across the state, they're all concerned. Some tell her they're doing their best to make kids feel more comfortable, while others have gone as far as removing portions of literature they would usually cover, and limiting class discussions because they're concerned about "getting in trouble."

Houvouras said she hasn't seen a single message from district leaders on how to navigate classroom discussions - especially when kids are the ones driving the discussions and asking for explanations, including about the debate around the controversial issue.

"The more strident parts we were hearing have been dialed back a little bit in the actual verbiage of the bill, but there's still that concern there," she said. "There's an obvious effort to limit the acceptability of a community of people - which my students do not feel OK with, at all."

She said the law has sent shockwaves that extend far beyond limiting class discussions for younger kids. Most of her students are either 18 or close to it, she said, and if the topics of gender identity or sexual orientation come up in any literature and her students ask questions, she expects she will continue to answer.

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September 25 Prayer Pod

 We all want to pray but sometimes we find it difficult to begin our prayer.  Many Pastors and Ministers suggest you begin your prayer by praying back God’s words from Scripture.

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September 25 Joshua 1:9
Pray: Lord hear Your words: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.


Lord hear my request: (Say your needs, wants, fears, thanksgivings) -  In Jesus name I pray – Amen.

      
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Saturday, September 24, 2022

September 24 Prayer Pod

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September 24 Romans 5:8
Pray: Lord hear Your words: But God demonstrates his own love toward us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.


Lord hear my request: (Say your needs, wants, fears, thanksgivings) -  In Jesus name I pray – Amen.

      
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Friday, September 23, 2022

September 23 Prayer Pod

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September 23 Romans 10:9
Pray: Lord hear Your words: That if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in all your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved.


Lord hear my request: (Say your needs, wants, fears, thanksgivings) -  In Jesus name I pray – Amen.

      
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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Environmental Groups Fight to Stop Mine Near Okefenokee

 Florida News Connection

By: Trimmel Gomes

Environmental groups are calling on Georgia's Environmental Protection Division to reject permits to build a titanium mine near an intact freshwater wetland system known as the Okefenokee Swamp, which extends into Florida.

The up-and-down battle to protect the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has perplexed many because of new murky U.S. wetland policies formed under the Trump administration. Ultimately, Twin Pines Minerals Company successfully sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which dropped its federal protections of the swamp in a settlement.

Christian Hunt, Southeast program representative for Defenders of Wildlife, said he was shocked to see the Corps flip-flop, allowing the mining company to move forward with plans to mine on more than 500 acres at the edge of the largest U.S. National Wildlife Refuge east of the Mississippi, if it gets state approval.

"We think this is an inappropriate neighbor," Hunt asserted. "It's an inconsistent land use adjacent to this world-class wildlife refuge, and dozens of scientists have voiced such sentiments, so we're following science in that regard."

Twin Pines Minerals maintains the mine "poses no risk to the environment," and is fighting back claims from scientists the mine would "drain the swamp." Georgia's environmental division announced it will continue considerations and the public will get to weight in soon. Updates will be announced on the division's website.

The mine has received bipartisan opposition even from agency scientists. In 2019, the Fish and Wildlife Service said the proposed mine could pose "substantial risks" to the swamp, including its ability to hold water. Hunt said the mine poses a great danger to the swamp's Trail Ridge, a high ridge of sand running from Starke, Florida, to just southwest of Jesup, Georgia.

"Essentially like an earthen dam to the Okefenokee," Hunt explained. "It's very important in maintaining, influencing water levels in the swamp in the fears that, should mining operations break ground here, they would essentially destroy the Okefenokee's ability to sustain itself."

The refuge covers nearly 630 square miles and is home to alligators, bald eagles and other protected wildlife. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which manages the refuge, estimates the swamp draws around 600,000 visitors each year.

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September 22 Prayer Pod

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September 22 James 1:2- 4
Pray: Lord hear Your words: My brethren, counted all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let the patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.


Lord hear my request: (Say your needs, wants, fears, thanksgivings) -  In Jesus name I pray – Amen.

      
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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

DeSantis Immigration Exports


 

September 21 Prayer Pod

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September 21 Psalm 138:8
Pray: Lord hear Your words: Psalm 138:8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, oh Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of your hands.


Lord hear my request: (Say your needs, wants, fears, thanksgivings) -  In Jesus name I pray – Amen.

      
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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Experts Urge Checkups for Florida Kids, Including Mental Health

 Florida News Connection

By: Trimmel Gomes
September 12, 2022

Experts are reminding parents to schedule time to get health screenings for kids - and to also think beyond the basic back-to-school physical.

There's so much to think about for safeguarding kids' health, and Dr. Candice Jones - a board-certified, Orlando-based pediatrician - said parents should enlist a doctor's help so they don't have to navigate any health complications alone.

Jones said a doctor can help with monitoring mental and behavioral changes for a child who's had a difficult time through the pandemic. She said a wellness check should be comprehensive.

"That maybe parent don't think about to make sure things are being done," said Jones. "'Have you seen the dentist? Have you had an eye check? Are you going to play some sports? Oh, we need to do a sports pre-participation clearance for that as well, which would also require a cardiac screen if you're at the middle- or high-school level.'"

A pediatrician can also ask questions specific to a child's age to make sure they're at a healthy weight, with good nutritional support. Jones added that a simple health checklist includes making sure a child is up-to-date on their immunizations, including flu and COVID-19 vaccines.

Experts also urge parents to not overlook kids' oral health. Dr. Donna O'Shea - national chief medical officer for population health with UnitedHealthcare - said routine dentist visits, and making sure teeth are being brushed twice a day, is the best way to keep smiles healthy and bright.

"Tooth decay is largely preventable, but unfortunately it ranks as the most common chronic disease among children," said O'Shea. "In fact, by age five, nearly 50% of children have at least one cavity."

Other recommendations include scheduling a comprehensive eye exam and a hearing test.

O'Shea said it's important to use ear protection at sporting events or concerts, and to follow the "60-60 rule," which means limiting the use of earbuds or headphones to no more than 60 minutes, at no more than 60% of the player's maximum volume.

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September 20 Prayer Pod

We all want to pray but sometimes we find it difficult to begin our prayer.  Many Pastors and Ministers suggest you begin your prayer by praying back God’s words from Scripture.

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September 20 1 Peter 5: 6-7
Pray: Lord hear Your words: Therefore humble yourselves upon the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon him, for he cares for you.


Lord hear my request: (Say your needs, wants, fears, thanksgivings) -  In Jesus name I pray – Amen.

Monday, September 19, 2022

September 19 Prayer Pod

 

We all want to pray but sometimes we find it difficult to begin our prayer.  Many Pastors and Ministers suggest you begin your prayer by praying back God’s words from Scripture.

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September 19 Matthew 8:26
Pray: Lord hear Your words: But he said unto them, why are you fearful, oh you have little faith? Then he arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.


Lord hear my request: (Say your needs, wants, fears, thanksgivings) -  In Jesus name I pray – Amen.

      
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