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Senate Passes $3,000 Child Tax Credit for 2021
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Senate Passes $3,000 Child Tax Credit for 2021

The provision would temporarily increase the child tax credit to $3,000 or $3,600 per child for most families and have 50% of it paid in advance by th…
March 6, 2021
Vote to Reinsert $15 Minimum Wage in Stimulus Bill Fails
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Vote to Reinsert $15 Minimum Wage in Stimulus Bill Fails

Led by Sen. Bernie Sanders, the effort to get the $15 minimum wage provisions back into President Biden's COVID-Relief package falls short in the Sena…
March 5, 2021
House Approves $3,000 Child Tax Credit for 2021
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House Approves $3,000 Child Tax Credit for 2021

The proposal would temporarily increase the child tax credit to $3,000 or $3,600 per child for most families and have 50% of it paid in advance by the…
February 27, 2021
$15 Minimum Wage Won't Be in Final Stimulus Bill
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$15 Minimum Wage Won't Be in Final Stimulus Bill

The Senate Parliamentarian says minimum wage provisions aren't allowed in the budget reconciliation bill containing COVID-relief measures.
February 26, 2021
Minimum Wage Update: Republican Senators Offer $10 Minimum Wage Plan
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Minimum Wage Update: Republican Senators Offer $10 Minimum Wage Plan

Senators Mitt Romney and Tom Cotton propose an alternative to the $15 minimum wage plan pushed by Democrats.
February 23, 2021

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Congress Moves Forward with Minimum Wage Increase
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Congress Moves Forward with Minimum Wage Increase

Despite questionable support, House Democrats still plan to include a $15 minimum wage provision in the budget reconciliation bill.
February 10, 2021
Third Stimulus Check Update: Democrats (Mostly) Reject "Targeting" of $1,400 Stimulus Checks
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Third Stimulus Check Update: Democrats (Mostly) Reject "Targeting" of $1,400 Stimulus Checks

House Democrats' latest stimulus check plan applies the same phase-out thresholds used for previous stimulus payments, but families making over $200,0…
February 9, 2021
House Democrats Propose Monthly Payments of Up to $300 Per Child
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House Democrats Propose Monthly Payments of Up to $300 Per Child

A bill in Congress would increase the child tax credit and have 50% of it paid in advance by the IRS from July through December.
February 9, 2021
Will Biden's $15 Minimum Wage Proposal Survive?
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Will Biden's $15 Minimum Wage Proposal Survive?

Even President Biden doesn't think his proposed minimum wage increase will reach the finish line.
February 7, 2021
Mitt Romney's Higher Child Tax Credit Comes With a Twist
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Mitt Romney's Higher Child Tax Credit Comes With a Twist

The Senator is calling for monthly payments of $250 or $350 per child, but he also wants to eliminate other family friendly tax breaks.
February 4, 2021
Biden Calls for $1,400 Third Stimulus Checks as Part of $1.9 Trillion Relief Package
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Biden Calls for $1,400 Third Stimulus Checks as Part of $1.9 Trillion Relief Package

Under President Biden's plan for a third stimulus check, families with older dependents would benefit, but payments could be "targeted" to the most in…
February 4, 2021
President Biden's Tax Plans for the Next Few Years
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President Biden's Tax Plans for the Next Few Years

With control of both the House and Senate in Democratic hands, President Biden will be able to get more of his tax policy proposals through Congress. …
February 3, 2021
Republican Senators' Plan Drops the $3,000 or $3,600 Child Credit
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Republican Senators' Plan Drops the $3,000 or $3,600 Child Credit

A plan by 10 moderate GOP Senators omits Biden's proposal for a higher temporary child tax credit.
February 2, 2021
What the Democrats' Agenda Will Mean for Your Pocketbook
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What the Democrats' Agenda Will Mean for Your Pocketbook

With President Joe Biden in the White House and a narrow Democratic majority in the Senate and House of Representatives, Democrats have a clearer path…
January 30, 2021
Shoring Up Social Security
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Shoring Up Social Security

Social Security is headed for a shortfall. But sooner or later, lawmakers will act to preserve your benefits.
January 27, 2021
Biden's Stimulus Plan Includes $3,000 Child Tax Credits
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Biden's Stimulus Plan Includes $3,000 Child Tax Credits

The president is calling for a temporary tax credit of $3,000 per child (more for younger children).
January 27, 2021
Biden Proposes $15 Minimum Wage
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Biden Proposes $15 Minimum Wage

As part of his $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package, President Biden proposed an increase in the federal minimum wage.
January 22, 2021
When Could We Get a Third Stimulus Check?
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When Could We Get a Third Stimulus Check?

President Biden and others in Congress are pushing for a third-round of stimulus checks, but it might be a while before we get them.
January 20, 2021
12 Ways the Biden Stimulus Package Could Put (or Keep) Money in Your Pocket
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12 Ways the Biden Stimulus Package Could Put (or Keep) Money in Your Pocket

President Biden's "American Rescue Plan" includes several proposals to assist people financially harmed by the pandemic.
January 20, 2021
What Biden Will Do: 23 Policy Plays to Expect From the Next Administration
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What Biden Will Do: 23 Policy Plays to Expect From the Next Administration

The Kiplinger Letter forecasts President-Elect Joe Biden’s biggest priorities -- and the likelihood of progress on them.
January 19, 2021
When Could We Get a Third Stimulus Check?
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When Could We Get a Third Stimulus Check?

President-elect Joe Biden and others in Congress are pushing for a third-round of stimulus checks, but it might be a while before we get them.
January 18, 2021
12 Ways the Biden Stimulus Package Could Put (or Keep) Money in Your Pocket
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12 Ways the Biden Stimulus Package Could Put (or Keep) Money in Your Pocket

President-elect Biden's "American Rescue Plan" includes several proposals to assist people financially harmed by the pandemic.
January 15, 2021
The Kiplinger Letter’s Must-Read Political and Economic Forecasts for 2021
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The Kiplinger Letter’s Must-Read Political and Economic Forecasts for 2021

Our annual outlook explores what to expect from the U.S. economy, the new Congress and next administration, trade tensions, cryptocurrency, self-drivi…
January 12, 2021
Joe Biden's Tax Plans for the Next Few Years
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Joe Biden's Tax Plans for the Next Few Years

With control of both the House and Senate in Democratic hands, Joe Biden will be able to get more of his tax agenda through Congress. Here's what coul…
January 7, 2021
Second Stimulus Check Update: $2,000 Payments Dying in the Senate
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Second Stimulus Check Update: $2,000 Payments Dying in the Senate

Efforts to increase second-round stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000 are failing in the Senate. And time is running out.
December 31, 2020