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Many Benefits of Renting Construction Equipment

By Ervin1

If you own a business and you are taking on a project of any size, you can consider the advantages of renting construction equipment before. Certain pieces of equipment you need to decide to buy the work While the team has is ideal for larger companies in the industry who need the equipment for regular use, the purchase is not for every company, especially if requires the project team is required only for a limited time. If you’re weighing the pros and cons of purchasing more equipment, should consider the benefits of hiring you never considered and the best decision for the project you supervise them.
Purchasing Equipment is main Investment
Construction is not cheap. If you buy something from a truck crane, you can spend thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars for the purchase of equipment. The facility may require that you take a business loan, that interest accrues and an unnecessary expense. If you buy a computer, devalue the team also, so if you are ready to sell, you never get what you pay for. If you want to avoid the need for financing, leasing may be the best option. You can set the time that you need the device, you pay only for the time necessary for the machine, and you never have to depend on your credit rating over the possibility of a project to provide complete care.
Do Not be Anxious about Repairing the Equipment
Unfortunately, the construction is not invincible. If you do not receive the device or breaking due to wear parts, the cost of repairs is an expense that was not willing to pay. You need to finish the unit to your project, but the benefits of the projects are used in part to pay for repairs. This can be avoided if you choose to purchase equipment. You do not have the equipment you, so you know when the machines are not responsible for leasing troubleshooting.
If you rent a crane, a forklift truck or the excavation team, simply call the landlord and tell them that the device must be repaired or replaced. You still have to organize the transport of the product, or call to find out what repair companies guarantee the best prices, because the load on your shoulders.
Equipment rental can be the best choice for short and long term, use both. If you are about to renew a project to improve your commercial building, or you are int. Construction of a new offer of swallowing, if the rental cost of equipment instead of buying you not only save you money in the beginning, you will save money over time and ensure that your project is non-commercial focused and prices, or to compare different devices from different manufacturers.
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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 7/31/2013

By The White House

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

1:04 P.M. EDT

MR. CARNEY: I know you all welcomed her back on Monday when I wasn’t here, but it is great to have Jamie Smith back, a new mom, and a new, proud mom at that. If you haven't seen her little girl, she is beautiful, truly beautiful. So it’s great to have Jamie back. And it’s great to be here. (Laughter.) Now she’s going to have to go straight to daycare and check in on her. (Laughter.) I remember how that felt.

It’s great to be back here with you today. I have, before I take your questions, just a couple of things I want to note for you.

First, on Tuesday, August 6th, the President will travel to the Phoenix, Arizona area, to continue talking with Americans about his better bargain for the middle class. On Tuesday in Tennessee, the President laid out one cornerstone of that vision, a plan to create good jobs that pay decent wages by investing in manufacturing and infrastructure. Next week in Arizona, the President will lay out his plan to continue to help responsible homeowners and those Americans who seek to own their own homes as another cornerstone of how we can strengthen the middle class in America.

That afternoon, the President will then travel to Burbank, California, to tape an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The following day, Wednesday, August 7th — there’s a Leno fan in the front row I can tell. (Laughter.) The following day, on Wednesday, August 7th, the President will travel to Camp Pendleton to visit with troops and their families and to thank them for their extraordinary service to our nation.

My next announcement is in here somewhere — I thought. So with that — it’s not a big one — (laughter) — it’s just a meeting I'm sure you’d be interested in. No, I just wanted to note — and I will as much as I can off the cuff that today is the 49th anniversary of Medicare, and millions and millions of Americans — senior citizens — have led richer and healthier lives because of this extraordinary program and its success.

The President has, through a number of actions, and most noticeably, through the Affordable Care Act, strengthened Medicare and provided more benefits to seniors. And we are seeing a reduction in the growth rate of costs in Medicare, historic change in that growth rate, and we've seen it, obviously, in the private sector health care market as well. And that is a direct benefit of the Affordable Care Act as we implement it. And so that is a welcome thing.

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The Best Financial Services Companies to Work For

By Jacquelyn Smith, Forbes Staff

The recession proved to be grueling for most businesses, but the financial services industry took an especially brutal hit. Massive layoffs, government bailouts, negative headlines and countless scandals damaged the public’s perception of some of the biggest finance firms. Today, while several companies and chief executives are still struggling to rebuild a reputation and recover the prestige they once had, many have recuperated well. In fact, employees at some of the top financial services corporations are once again highly satisfied with their workplaces and their leadership. Glassdoor.com, a jobs and career website where people share information and opinions about the places where they work, just unveiled its list of The Top 10 Highest Rated Financial Services Companies, which charts how firms in this industry have fared over the past year, based on employee sentiment. In Pictures: The Best Financial Services Companies to Work For Right Now Glassdoor’s data analysis team leafed through thousands of employee reviews on more than 100 companies in the financial industry to determine how the top accounting firms, asset management companies, banks, brokerages, credit card companies, mutual fund managers, as well as transaction, credit and collections companies performed this year.  To be included in the evaluation, companies had to have at least 30 reviews submitted by employees to Glassdoor between July 24, 2012, and July 23, 2013. “The report asks employees how satisfied they are with their employer as a place to work, and to what extent they approve of the way their chief executive officer is leading the company,” says Glassdoor spokesperson Samantha Zupan. Respondents are asked to rate their company on a 5-point scale (1 = very dissatisfied, 5 = very satisfied). “The Glassdoor report highlights the companies in the financial services industry that are performing well when it comes to employee satisfaction,” Zupan adds. “For those looking for a job in this industry, this report can point to some of the companies a job seeker may want to try researching first to identify if one of these companies may be a good fit for them.” Susquehanna International Group, a 26-year-old Pennsylvania-based global investment and trading company, holds the top spot with a company rating of 4.1. Last year the firm, which services securities markets worldwide, earned a 3.7 rating. “Employees at Susquehanna speak to the opportunities to learn and grow, the manageable work weeks in terms of hours on the job and the entrepreneurial environments that allow for relative freedom and flexibility,” says Zupan. “They also speak favorably about the great benefits, the sense of autonomy at work, and the access to great technology.” A Pennsylvania-based worker said SIG is filled with smart people. “They [also] invest heavily in technology. There’s a lot of opportunity to learn new things and be surrounded be intellectual people. Benefits and pay and fairly decent, and there’s many perks – free breakfast/lunch, onsite car service, pharmacy, doctor, etc. If you take care of SIG, they will take care of you. My team had zero micromanagement, and I …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Nominal Food Stamp Cuts Elicit Leftist Outrage

By B. Christopher Agee

Food Stamps Card Self Respect Loss SC Nominal food stamp cuts elicit leftist outrage

As hard-working Americans across economic lines are forced to survive on less and less during Obama’s all-out assault on prosperity, leftist are up in arms over extremely modest cuts in welfare checks.

According to reports, the unsustainably dense population of food stamp recipients will see an average drop of between $20 and $25 per month in their so-called benefits.

Celia Cole, the hyperbolic CEO of the Texas Food Bank Network, explained that the organization is counting down the days until each government dependent in the nation “gets a little hungrier.”

A family of four, receiving the maximum monthly payout of $668, will now get $643, which Cole apparently sees as one of our greatest injustices.

“This cut will be the equivalent of taking away 14 meals per month for a family of four, or 11 meals for a family of three,” she said, contending that legislators responsible should feel “the shame that they’re doing something wrong.”

Cole joins a chorus of leftists engaging in the false argument that fiscal conservatives are evil for suggesting we make desperately needed cuts to our runaway spending. If anything, these cuts are far too insignificant to offset the rampant waste for which the federal government has become known.

No one is advocating the starvation of America’s poor; however, the political left has long encouraged families to rely on a monthly government check instead of their own resourcefulness and skill. Since welfare has become a way of life for a large percentage of the population, fewer producers exist to support more consumers.

These real economic considerations have no bearing on the utopian worldview of those who favor a nanny state and unfettered social program spending. Likewise, these vacuous talking heads rarely address the reduced standard of living among those not feeding at the government trough.

As Americans continue to see their hours cut in advance of the looming Obamacare fiasco, and increasing taxes take a bigger bite out of their paychecks, it becomes difficult to muster sympathy for a 3.7 percent decrease in “free” money.

A nation as historically blessed and prosperous as America should absolutely have a safety net in place for those unable to provide for themselves; unfortunately, too many in today’s culture treat it like a hammock.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Western Journalism

Weiner’s A Problem But Huma Abedin Is A Bigger Problem

By Breaking News

Huma Abedin SC Weiner’s a Problem but Huma Abedin is a Bigger Problem

On Thursday, Huma Abedin had been flogged across the airwaves by the MSM as being “intelligent,” “delicate,” “brave” and was lauded for “standing by her man.” The degenerate Anthony Weiner had “made a mistake.” Several, actually. Why the deafening cacophony of praise? Because Abedin and the State Department are under Senate investigation and MSM is trying to deflect damaging public scrutiny of Abedin/Hillary/State Department wrongdoing.

If the investigation sinks Abedin, it might also derail a potential presidential run by Hillary Clinton in 2016. Abedin and Hillary are indiscrete in more ways than one.

According to FOX News “Abedin is facing her own troubles — less salacious than her husband’s, but potentially more severe.”

Abedin was Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff at the State Department. The title changed, according to Politico, when Abedin took maternity leave during the summer of 2012. Clinton awarded her bosom buddy of 15 years the title of “special government employee.”

Abedin’s part-time labors on behalf of the State Department netted her an annual salary of $135,000 — $155,000 with benefits. The status change was kept secret. It was unearthed by The Politico in May, 2013. Being a “special government employee” gave Abedin plenty of time with her new family but it also permitted Abedin to pursue other, more lucrative jobs while on the government payroll.

Read More at politicaloutcast.com . By Marilyn Assenheim.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Western Journalism

2013 Lexus ES300h Hybrid Second Look

By Harvey Schwartz

2013 Lexus ES300h Hybrid Beauty Right Done Small

The all-new 2013 Lexus ES350 is the six-generation of Lexus’ most popular luxury sedan and the new ES 300h with Lexus Hybrid Drive marks the first time the popular model benefits from the hybrid system.  It features the signature Lexus spindle grille, a progressive new design and enhanced handling.  It is sure to impress new and loyal Lexus ES consumers.

The ES 300h features a 2.5 liter, DOHC, all aluminum, in-line four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine with variable valve timing on the intake (VVT-i).  This new, low friction engine utilizes a sophisticated power management system and high compression ratio (12.5:1) to increase its overall efficiency.  It is equipped with an electric water pump, electric rack & pinion power steering system and an integrated Lexus Hybrid Drive System comprising an electric motor/generator.  As a result the engine does not require any accessory belts thus helping to improve fuel economy and overall reliability.   The gasoline engine generates 156hp at 5,700rpm with 156lb.ft. of torque at 4,500rpm.  Combined with the Lexus Hybrid Drive total horsepower is bumped up to a total of 200hp.   With this gasoline/hybrid engine EPA mileage ratings are 40mpg/city and 39mpg/highway.  After more than 425 miles of city and highway driving, I received, according to the trip computer, 38.8 combined mpg.  That’s good news for a mid-size luxury sedan.

2013 Lexus ES300h Hybrid Engine Done Small

This high-tech gasoline/hybrid engine is mated to a six-speed sequential-shift automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i), turning the front wheels that provides enhanced driving performance, which I wasn’t expecting, including very smooth, imperceptible shifts.

Further enhancing the fun-to-drive experience is the Drive Mode Selector dial located on the left side of the center console.  Three modes are available-Normal mode provides a blend of performance and efficiency that is best for everyday driving, Eco mode favors fuel economy, and Sport mode increase powertrain and steering responsiveness.  When in the Eco or Normal mode the left gauge features a hybrid power monitor and when you change to Sport mode, you’ll see a full tachometer.  It is a perfect way to see how well you are saving fuel in Eco or Normal mode, and the available and current RPMs in Sport mode.  There is also an EV button that allows short distance driving in all-electric drive from the hybrid battery pack.  The other button is to turn the traction control/vehicle stability control off/on.

2013 Lexus ES300h Hybrid Beauty Side Done Small

I enjoyed the ride in any of the modes thanks to the fully independent suspension system.  Up front is a MacPherson strut setup, gas-charged shocks, an anti-roll bar and opposite-wound coil springs that help with straight-line stability at high speeds.  The revised rear suspension features dual-link MacPherson struts and an anti-roll bar to keep body lean to a minimum.  The new rear suspension geometry and improved shock absorber damping characteristics further enhance ride comfort when traveling over poorly paved road surfaces.  Increasing …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Automotive Addicts

Court Ruling Could Delay Fiat's Buyout of Chrysler

By Reuters

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MILAN — A ruling by a U.S. judge risks delaying Fiat’s plan to buy up all of Chrysler unless it can reach an out-of-court settlement with a healthcare trust that is a minority shareholder in the U.S. group.

The Italian carmaker said Wednesday it “looked forward” to solving a dispute with an autoworkers’ health-care trust in court after winning a partial victory Tuesday in its path to buy the 41.5 percent of Chrysler it doesn’t already own.

Delaware Chancery Court Judge Donald Parsons on Tuesday accepted the carmaker’s legal positions in two pivotal disputes in its legal battle with VEBA, the United Autoworkers-affiliated health-care trust that owns 41.5 percent of Chrysler.

However, the judge stopped short of ordering VEBA to sell 54,154 Chrysler shares to Fiat for $139.7 million, as the latter had sought, saying certain questions still needed to be answered through testimony at a trial.

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“Fiat looks forward to resolving the few remaining issues in the litigation, through the discovery requested by the judge, and remains confident that those residual issues will also be resolved in its favor,” Fiat said in a statement Wednesday.

A trial is likely to take between a year and 18 months, said a person familiar with the matter. However, another person said the lengthy process makes it more likely that Fiat and VEBA will reach an out of court settlement on the dispute.

“We view the ruling as positive for Fiat and likely to help an out-of-court agreement,” said UBS analyst Philippo Houchois in a research note. “We still view end 2013 as a likely deadline for an agreement as VEBA.”

Fiat’s lawyers will now be forced to argue in court with representatives of the health-care trust about why Fiat should pay less than the trust is asking in a deal the latter needs to pay future benefits for retired Chrysler workers.

The UAW became Chrysler’s second-largest shareholder when Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy in 2009 and the union swapped future health-care payments owed to it for a stake in the company. VEBA is a trust that manages those health-care benefits on behalf of the union.

Fiat already runs the two automakers as a single company, but wants to buy the rest of Chrysler to squeeze out more synergies, cut borrowing costs and access some of Chrysler’s cash flow.

Fiat shares were volatile in early trade, falling 0.8 percent to €5.98 at 0850 GMT (4:50 a.m. Eastern time).

“The ruling is a step forward and is good news,” said a Milan trader. “But it’s not decisive and the market is not discounting it as a done deal yet.”


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Against All Odds- Launching a Retail Organic Foods Business

By Candida Brush, Contributor

  The dramatic rise in sales of organic foods and beverages from $1 billion in 1990 to $26 billion in 2013 has encouraged many aspiring entrepreneurs to start organic or natural foods businesses.  http://www.ota.com/organic/mt/business.html.   The fact is it is relatively easy to start selling a natural foods product on line or from your own storefront-  all you need is a brand name, a website, source of supply from a local farm,  a location,  and a Paypal account. In other words, you can start your natural foods business with a relatively small up-front investment. http://org.enom.com/starting-online-organic-store-460.html But,  because the entry barriers are low, this means there is a high likelihood that the business will discontinue or fail within the first 5 years.  More than 47% of retail based businesses fail within the first 5 years, while on line retail businesses have an even higher rate of failure.  So how do natural foods businesses carve out a niche and overcome the odds that allows them to sustain over time?  One of the keys is a differentiation strategy that has a clear value proposition.  In other words, making sure that the benefits natural foods business provides is crystal clear to the consumer and differentiated from local competition. In many cases, the benefits and differentiation of successful ventures in this space have to do with a commitment to social purpose.  My colleagues and I identify a “social purpose business” as one that is for profit (economic mission) and makes a social impact on the marketplace (Neck, Brush & Allen, 2009, The Landscape of Social Entrepreneurship, Business Horizons).  I have observed that many of the new start- ups in the organic food retail sector are not only offering a new organic food alternative, but a founded on a principle of changing our life style to be healthier.  This commitment to a larger societal mission drives these businesses, differentiating the venture and attracting a loyal customer base. For instance, I had the pleasure of meeting Kiki Heinzer, a Stanford alumna and Jodi Remenap, a private chef, who launched KLEAN, a premium meal delivery service for the purpose of weight loss, weight management and nutrition, located in Hollywood, Calif.  https://www.kleanla.com/index.php?page=home. The business was inspired by Kiki and Jodi’s concern with the growing problem of obesity in our society, which, they believe is related to lifestyle, demand for convenience, and a rise in the use of GMOs, additives and preservatives in our food chain.  KLEAN delivers proportioned meals that are macronutrient balanced to subscribers six days a week.  They spend as much time assessing the proportion of ingredients and the food groups in the meals as they do sourcing, cooking and preparing.  Most important- they have not compromised flavors in any way.  Customers get fabulous meals delivered conveniently and they lose weight and improve their overall health.   Another example is NatureBox, co-founded by Gautam Gupta, a former venture capitalist and Babson alum, and Ken Chen, an internet marketing entrepreneur  http://naturebox.com/  The NatureBox team was also motivated to help change …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Secretary Sebelius: Medicare Helps Millions

By Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Ed Note: This is a cross post from The Huffington Post. You can find the original post here.

My 92-year-old father first ran for public office after he finished his military service in World War II. He served on the city council, and later was elected to Congress. In 1965, he helped write and voted for Medicare and Medicaid, which celebrate their 48th anniversary today.

Since then, Medicare has been a guaranteed benefit earned after a lifetime of hard work for millions of America's seniors. Medicaid has provided affordable health coverage for millions of low-income working Americans and families. Both programs have helped keep people from falling into poverty. Both have been lifelines to better health and sources of peace of mind and security.

That's why President Obama has made it a top priority to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid so that our seniors and future generations can get the health care they need and peace of mind they deserve.

Because of the health law, seniors are seeing more dollars saved in their wallets and better benefits to their health.

More than 6.6 million people on Medicare have saved an average of more than $1,000 on prescription drugs since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. That's money that has been used for groceries, utilities, and visits with grandchildren instead of being sent to drug companies — and that's how the Affordable Care Act is closing the “donut hole” that too many seniors fall into.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at The White House

Suspected Nazi war criminals in US despite deportation orders, eligible for public benefits

At least 10 suspected Nazi war criminals ordered deported by the United States never left the country, according to an Associated Press review of Justice Department data — and four are living in the U.S. today. All remained eligible for public benefits such as Social Security until they exhausted appeals, and in one case even beyond.

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Food News Round-Up: Buzz Kill

By Michael Y. Park No, You’re Not Experiencing Beer Goggles: A web artist turns his the labels on his favorite beers into motion pictures. My favorites: Bitter American, Little Sumpin’ Sumpin, and the Edmund Fitzgerald. What are yours? Man, I’d Kill (Myself) for a Cup of Coffee: That cuppajoe may save your life. A Harvard study finds that people who drink two to four cups of coffee a day have about half the suicide risk of those who drink decaffeinated or no coffee. But don’t go downing the espressos because you’re feeling a little blue–researchers believe most adults naturally drink the correct amount of caffeine each day to maximize the benefits they’d receive. McManna From Heaven: The New York Post poses the question: Is the McDonald’s McDouble great food, or the greatest food? Turning Lemons Into Lemonade: Autistic kid opens lemonade stand. Neighbor calls cops on autistic kid. Local restaurant lets kid open up lemonade stand inside for its customers, with proceeds going to a children’s hospital. Which begs the question: How much are kids in Ontario charging for lemonade, exactly? (I paid 50 cents in Brooklyn recently, and also got a bag of chips for an extra quarter.) Hipster Junk Food: Bushwick restaurant features entrees such as Dorito kimchi carbonara and Spam fried rice. Man, hipsters had to go and ruin Doritos and Spam too? More motion-picture beer labels after the jump …

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Fixing Our Broken Immigration System: The Economic Benefits to Agriculture and Rural Communities

By The White House

New Report Released by the White House

“So if we’re truly committed to strengthening our middle class and providing more ladders of opportunity to those who are willing to work hard to make it into the middle class, we’ve got to fix the system. We have to make sure that every business and every worker in America is playing by the same set of rules. We have to bring this shadow economy into the light so that everybody is held accountable — businesses for who they hire, and immigrants for getting on the right side of the law. That’s common sense. And that’s why we need comprehensive immigration reform.”

– President Barack Obama, January 29, 2013

Today, the White House released a report, Fixing Our Broken Immigration System: The Economic Benefits to Agriculture and Rural Communities, detailing the important benefits provided by the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill for the domestic agriculture sector, its workforce, and rural American communities.

As the report states, in recent years, the agriculture sector has seen strong growth, with farm income and agriculture exports both reaching historic highs. In 2013, net farm income is forecast to total $128.2 billion, which would be the highest level since 1973 after adjusting for inflation. Much of this growth is due to the demand for American agricultural exports: the value of agricultural exports has steadily risen in recent years and is projected to reach $135.8 billion in Fiscal Year 2013, which would also establish a new record.

But there’s more work to do, and currently the agriculture industry is hampered by a broken immigration system that fails to support a predictable and stable workforce. Among all economic sectors, the U.S. agriculture sector is particularly reliant on foreign-born workers. Agricultural producers cite difficulty in locating qualified available authorized workers—both foreign and domestic—as one reason for the high rate of undocumented labor. Moreover, there continue to be insufficient U.S. workers to fill labor needs: of those crop workers surveyed between 2007 and 2009, 71 percent were foreign born. By providing a path to earned citizenship for currently unauthorized farmworkers, the bipartisan Senate bill gives unauthorized workers and their families the security they need to invest in their own skills and education and pursue higher-paying employment.

In June, the Senate passed historic legislation that is largely consistent with the President’s principles for commonsense immigration reform with a strong bipartisan vote. This bill would strengthen border security while providing an earned path to citizenship for undocumented farmworkers who are vital to our nation’s agriculture industry, and a new temporary worker program negotiated by major grower associations and farmworker groups. If enacted, the Senate bill would provide a path to earned citizenship for undocumented farmworkers that includes paying a fine, their full share of taxes and is estimated to allow an estimated 1.5 million agricultural workers and their dependents to earn a legal status, and eventually citizenship.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at The White House Press Office

Carlos Vives Poses For ‘Got Milk?’ Campaign With Iconic Moustache

By The Huffington Post News Editors

Colombian musician Carlos Vives, currently on a world tour, has joined America’s popular “Got milk?” campaign promoting the benefits of drinking milk.

Vives, 51, appears in an advertisment seated with a guitar in one hand, a glass of milk in the other, and, naturally, sporting the famous “milk moustache.” He says “music for the soul, protein for the body.”

The “Got milk?” ad featuring Carlos Vives will launch in national Hispanic magazines in August, following the countless other celebrities who have taken part in the campaign testifying to their love of milk.

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How Immigration Reform Will Benefit Farmers and Rural Communities

By <a href="/author-detail/3336903">Matt Compton</a>

Today, the White House released a new report detailing the important benefits provided by the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill for the domestic agriculture sector, its workforce, and rural American communities. As the report states, in recent years, the agriculture sector has seen strong growth, with farm income and agriculture exports both reaching historic highs. But there’s more work to do, and currently the agriculture industry is hampered by a broken immigration system that fails to support a predictable and stable workforce. Among all economic sectors, the U.S. agriculture sector is particularly reliant on foreign-born workers. Agricultural producers cite difficulty in locating qualified available authorized workers—both foreign and domestic—as one reason for the high rate of undocumented labor. Moreover, there continues to be insufficient U.S. workers to fill labor needs: of those crop workers surveyed between 2007 and 2009, 71 percent were foreign born.

As President Obama said in his State of the Union address, “If we’re truly committed to strengthening our middle class and providing more ladders of opportunity to those who are willing to work hard to make it into the middle class, we’ve got to fix the system. We have to bring this shadow economy into the light so that everybody is held accountable — businesses for who they hire, and immigrants for getting on the right side of the law. That’s common sense. And that’s why we need comprehensive immigration reform.”

In June, the Senate passed historic legislation that is largely consistent with the President’s principles for commonsense immigration reform with a strong bipartisan vote. This bill would strengthen border security while providing an earned path to citizenship for undocumented farmworkers who are vital to our nation’s agriculture industry, and a new temporary worker program negotiated by major grower associations and farmworker groups. If enacted, the Senate bill would result in undocumented workers paying a fine, their full share of taxes and is estimated to allow an estimated 1.5 million agricultural workers and their dependents to earn legal status.

To learn more about how the Senate-passed bill and bipartisan commonsense immigration reform would benefit the agriculture sector and rural communities, check out this fact sheet or read the full report released today by the White House.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at The White House

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I’m new here so I thought I’d do an intro. I’m a 41 year old married (16 years) Mom of 2 kids. I call myself a child of God but escribe to a baptisty flavored, new covenanty, fundementalisty kind of warm graceyness. I am also a Navy wife so I have a soft spot for military and veterans. My kids are teens and we enjoy all the benefits of growing through this stage in or families journey. Easy and challenging….we all love each other. Since we have moved all over the States, we consider each other as “home”. Currently living in Washington State, we would like to head back to the east coast next tour. My Husband is also in the Lord (praise the Lord) and my kids have been brought up in the faith (albiet we are experienceing some growing pains in areas of faith right now) and will continue to try to set a loving example for our adultlettes. I was a stay at home Mom until 2 years ago. Currently I am coming up on my Senior year as an art student getting my BFA in Visual Communications, doubled majored in Graphic Design and Illustration. I live in such a “blue” state, and go to an art school so finding conservative christian company is covetted by us. Not easy to find. So here I am. Looking for a bit of online company and discussion. I look forward to discussion, debate, prayer, and learning. :)

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Why Hertz and Avis, Up 100%+, Aren't Done

By YCharts, Contributor

The car rental industry recently shrank to a tri-opoly of sorts following Hertz Global’s (HTZ) acquisition of Dollar/Thrifty and Avis Budget Group’s (CAR) takeover of Zipcar. It’s the kind of consolidation that often benefits shareholders more than consumers, because an industry with fewer players tends to set prices in a more disciplined manner (higher) than a fragmented one. With car rental business picking up anyway, there’s good reason to think the shareholders will be the happier campers in this scenario, too. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest