Host – Mental X http://mentalx.org/ Thu, 11 Aug 2022 02:39:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://mentalx.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default-150x150.png Host – Mental X http://mentalx.org/ 32 32 Arizona county that saw Snafu elected to waive city costs https://mentalx.org/arizona-county-that-saw-snafu-elected-to-waive-city-costs/ Thu, 11 Aug 2022 00:09:00 +0000 https://mentalx.org/arizona-county-that-saw-snafu-elected-to-waive-city-costs/ By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona county where the Aug. 2 primary election was plagued by multiple issues that led to the firing of its election chief will waive fees for running municipal elections in 11 cities and towns and plans to hire an outside election expert to review what went […]]]>

By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona county where the Aug. 2 primary election was plagued by multiple issues that led to the firing of its election chief will waive fees for running municipal elections in 11 cities and towns and plans to hire an outside election expert to review what went wrong.

The five-member Pinal County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Wednesday to waive more than $100,000 in costs it planned to charge cities and towns for running local elections.

Seven cities and towns had local races dropped in the first ballots that required the county to send out about 63,000 extra ballots. And County Attorney Kent Volkmer told the board that four other municipalities were hit by Election Day missteps that led to ballot shortages at about 20 of the county’s 95 polling places.

“As the county manager made clear, we fell short of our customers’ expectations,” Volkmer told the board. “So I believe if this council is so inclined, I think there’s good reason to back out for all of the different entities that we serve municipal and mayoral elections for.”

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“I think it’s a good idea given the current issues,” said board chairman Jeffrey McClure. Last week, McClure called the election problems a “big mess” and Chief Electoral Officer David Frisk was fired the next day. He had just been hired in March.

Volkmer also said he was about to hire an outside election expert to conduct a review. He said there were no signs of a criminal offense so far, but bringing in someone from the outside would ensure an unbiased assessment was quickly carried out. He said if any signs of criminal activity were found, the county sheriff would be called to investigate.

“What we plan to come out of this is what went wrong, why did it go wrong, and then what can we do to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Volkmer said. He said he wanted the job done within 60 days, before the general election in November.

The expert, whom Volkmer has not publicly identified, has nearly 30 years as an election administrator, has performed similar reviews, and is known to both new Chief Electoral Officer Virginia Ross and New County Dana. Lewis.

Ross was the secretary-elect until she stepped down last week to take over the elections department. Lewis was his assistant. The council named her on Friday to take over, which manages the voter rolls and mail-in ballots, but is not involved in voting or counting ballots.

The council will certify the election “poll” on Friday, although more than one council member expressed heartburn at having to do so given the problems of the past week. Board member Jeff Serdy said his first reaction the day after the election was that he didn’t want to accept the results.

It’s not an option, Volkmer said. Accepting and certifying the results is an act that the law requires. Municipal races will be run by localities, while county, state and federal races are under the council.

“I’ll tell this council, and it’s still not a comfortable conversation, but our legal analysis is that you have no choice but to solicit,” Volkmer said. “That’s what’s considered a ministerial duty, which means you have to do it. It is a “must”.

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Lawyers push to waive COVID fines for children as young as 13 https://mentalx.org/lawyers-push-to-waive-covid-fines-for-children-as-young-as-13/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 06:42:32 +0000 https://mentalx.org/lawyers-push-to-waive-covid-fines-for-children-as-young-as-13/ The New South Wales government is resisting growing calls to scrap tens of thousands of COVID fines, which lawyers say were unfairly imposed, including on a teenager with developmental disabilities. Key points: Redfern Legal Center hopes legal challenge will overturn 45,000 COVID fines in NSW A total of 3,840 children aged 13 to 17 have […]]]>

The New South Wales government is resisting growing calls to scrap tens of thousands of COVID fines, which lawyers say were unfairly imposed, including on a teenager with developmental disabilities.

Whether the NSW government and police have been tough in their response to the pandemic will be debated in a test case before the NSW Supreme Court.

The Redfern Legal Center hopes its legal challenge will overturn 45,000 fines, which it says did not properly describe the offense committed.

“The process was unfair, messy and the rule of law was not respected,” Samantha Lee of the center told 7:30 a.m.

The agency responsible for COVID sanctions, Revenue NSW, said that of the 62,035 fines issued since the start of 2020, more than half, or 38,372, remained unpaid in full.

While the majority of them are being paid under some form of reimbursement plan, many have gone unanswered.

A total of 3,840 children between the ages of 13 and 17 were fined between $40 and $5,000, which lawyers say should be overturned as a caution.

Revenue NSW said 17 fines imposed on children totaling $45,000 remain unsolved.

Human Rights Commissioner Lorraine Finlay said the fines disproportionately affected poorer communities.(ABC News)

“This is a form of unfair treatment of children,” Ms Lee said. “These children were fined $1,000, $3,000 and $5,000.

“A child who has a developmental disability was fined three $1,000 for leaving his home. I believe he should never have been fined.

“Under the fines laws, a person with an intellectual disability should not have been fined.”

Human Rights Commissioner Lorraine Finlay told 7.30am she wanted all fines to be suspended nationwide as the system disproportionately affected NSW’s poorest communities and Victoria.

“It’s actually a national issue, and what we really need to do is first, in terms of fines, suspend enforcement until they can be properly reviewed so that the public can trust that the fines system is legal and operates fairly,” she said. said.

“But secondly, we actually need to have a broader look at the pandemic response.”

Children volunteer to pay fines through government scheme

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Bronwyn O’Brien, social worker at SydWest Multicultural Services.(ABC News: Jason Om)

Some people penalized in New South Wales have opted to pay the fines through a program known as the Work and Development Order (WDO).

It allows low-income people to pay the fine through unpaid work or activities such as a life skills course, counseling, drug and alcohol treatment, and a mentoring.

Around 140 children attended WDOs, including some at SydWest Multicultural Services in Blacktown, which was among the suburbs that faced tougher restrictions than the rest of Sydney.

Social worker Bronwyn O’Brien told 7.30am that NSW Police had been ruthless towards residents, particularly if they were multilingual.

She cited the case of a father and son who went out for groceries and tried to explain themselves to the police, but were ignored.

“Any opportunity for them to explain themselves was closed off and they were immediately fined $1,000 each,” Ms O’Brien said.

She said it took weeks for people in the WDO program to pay their fines.

“They were around $500, or $1,000 per fine. For the clients we work with, it could be their weekly or fortnightly salary, if they get Centrelink it’s even worse.”

“Some people have to spend months and months engaging in activities just to reduce the fine a bit.”

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Connor Jago was 17 when he was fined for not wearing a mask on a train.(ABC News: Jason Om)

Connor Jago was 17 when police gave him two COVID fines for not wearing a mask on a train, and a separate transportation fine, totaling $680.

“It was almost more than what I was making in two weeks,” he said at 7.30am.

The second $80 COVID fine was for wearing a mask under his nose after putting it on, Mr Jago said at 7:30 a.m.

He threatened to sue the government, arguing he was complying with police instructions before Revenue NSW removed one of the $500 COVID fines.

Fines commissioner says refund system is beneficial

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New South Wales State Chief Revenue Commissioner Scott Johnston.(ABC News: Tom Hancock)

In a rare interview with 7.30, the head of Revenue NSW defended the organization and welcomed any review of individual cases.

Chief State Revenue Commissioner Scott Johnston is said to be undecided whether it is appropriate for police to issue fines to children as young as 13, and said the WDO program had “powerful” results.

“Some of the criticisms or challenges to the way we have proceeded, regarding the imposition of unfair penalties on people and young people, do not really reflect the experience of the people who have received these fines,” he said. .

“I fully understand that a fine affects people differently. Some people cannot afford to pay this commitment and the real commitment of my organization, and [me]is having a conversation with people where they need help and support.”

Mr Johnston said the agency had solved the cases of 500 children under the age of 15 being fined $40 for not wearing a mask.

NSW Police declined to comment at 7.30am, while the Victorian Government told 7.30am that its penalty system protects citizens from the pandemic and that there are options available if people are struggling to pay fines.

Watch this story at 7:30 a.m. on ABC TV and ABC iview.

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Home electricity defaulters in Punjab to get waiver: The Tribune India https://mentalx.org/home-electricity-defaulters-in-punjab-to-get-waiver-the-tribune-india/ Thu, 04 Aug 2022 01:55:00 +0000 https://mentalx.org/home-electricity-defaulters-in-punjab-to-get-waiver-the-tribune-india/ Tribune press service Patiala, August 3 Following the approval of the State Government, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) today issued an official circular to waive “Arrears pending until 31st December 2021 and not paid before 30th June 2022” electricity bills of all domestic consumers. The PSPCL claimed that the Punjab government would […]]]>


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Patiala, August 3

Following the approval of the State Government, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) today issued an official circular to waive “Arrears pending until 31st December 2021 and not paid before 30th June 2022” electricity bills of all domestic consumers. The PSPCL claimed that the Punjab government would compensate it for all such waivers and also reimburse the additional cost of reconnecting old power connections.

In the run up to the elections, national AAP organizer Arvind Kejriwal promised free electricity for up to 300 units in addition to waiving pending electricity bills. Last month, the government claimed that the scheme would soon be implemented and that all domestic consumers with pending bills would benefit from it.

The government has informed all Chief Engineers of the bill exemption for domestic consumers using electricity for residential purposes only. The circular stated that the waiver would exclude all other consumers, including public hospitals, dispensaries, all places of worship, etc., covered by the domestic supply tariff schedule.

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Lukashenko explains the rationale behind the visa waiver for EU states neighboring Belarus https://mentalx.org/lukashenko-explains-the-rationale-behind-the-visa-waiver-for-eu-states-neighboring-belarus/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 10:07:00 +0000 https://mentalx.org/lukashenko-explains-the-rationale-behind-the-visa-waiver-for-eu-states-neighboring-belarus/ A stock photo MYADEL DISTRICT, Aug. 2 (BelTA) — During an interview with reporters on Aug. 2, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko noted that the economic aspect was not the main reason why Belarus introduced the exemption visa requirements for residents of EU countries neighboring Belarus, BelTA has learned. “We have to feed our people, meet […]]]>

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MYADEL DISTRICT, Aug. 2 (BelTA) — During an interview with reporters on Aug. 2, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko noted that the economic aspect was not the main reason why Belarus introduced the exemption visa requirements for residents of EU countries neighboring Belarus, BelTA has learned.

“We have to feed our people, meet domestic food needs. People from Lithuania, Latvia, Poland come here, they want to buy something. Let them buy it. These are finished products [agricultural products], and the retail sector will gain something. On the one hand, we will earn money on this, on the other hand, we will help people. People will appreciate it. They will not fight against us,” the Belarusian leader said.

According to him, some opposition media and others claim that the President of Belarus introduced the visa waiver for economic reasons, in order to earn money. “Who doesn’t want to make money after all? The state wants it and I want it. But that’s not the main thing. The main thing is to make our neighbors see that normal people live next to them. People here look like Poles, and they are not pushy, ready to help when needed. When our neighbors see this, they will not be belligerent against us. It is important, ”explained the head of state.

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SPPU calls for fee waiver report for students who lost parents in pandemic https://mentalx.org/sppu-calls-for-fee-waiver-report-for-students-who-lost-parents-in-pandemic/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 18:17:49 +0000 https://mentalx.org/sppu-calls-for-fee-waiver-report-for-students-who-lost-parents-in-pandemic/ Students and student organizations repeatedly complained about the issue, after which the SPPU demanded a report until July 31 The administrative department of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has requested all colleges affiliated to the university to submit a report regarding the waiver of tuition fees for students who have lost their parents during the […]]]>

Students and student organizations repeatedly complained about the issue, after which the SPPU demanded a report until July 31

The administrative department of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has requested all colleges affiliated to the university to submit a report regarding the waiver of tuition fees for students who have lost their parents during the Covid-pandemic. 10. Students and student organizations repeatedly complained about the issue, after which the SPPU demanded a report until July 31.

According to information shared by the SPPU, many students have lost one or both parents in the last two years of the pandemic, which has had a negative impact on their financial situation. Yet, several students and student organizations have complained because the tuition fees of many of these students have not been waived by their respective colleges.

Earlier, the university released a list of students who lost parents to Covid-19 based on which, their fees were waived by the university. However, fees are still charged to many of these students and they have not benefited from the waiver of their respective colleges. “I am in my final year of a business degree and in 2020 my father died during the first wave of Covid. Since then, we have had financial difficulties. This year the college is charging fees again while the university has waived our entire fees,” said Mangesh Bhujbal, a student.

“The state government and even the university are playing with the lives of thousands of students who have lost their parents to Covid. According to state government records, only 1,051 students lost their parents and applied for a fee waiver. But there are thousands of students across the state who need to benefit from the waiver of fees as they cannot afford the fees,” said Kuldeep Ambekar, Student and President of the Students Helping Hand organization.

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New York State to Create 9 ‘Regional Health Equity Organizations’ https://mentalx.org/new-york-state-to-create-9-regional-health-equity-organizations/ Wed, 27 Jul 2022 17:56:26 +0000 https://mentalx.org/new-york-state-to-create-9-regional-health-equity-organizations/ In a request to amend its Medicaid 1115 waiver, New York State is proposing a $325 million investment in nine Regional Health Equity Organizations (HEROs) that would serve as coordinating entities for formalized partnerships between managed care organizations, hospitals, community providers and other stakeholders. The HERO program is part of a larger $13.5 billion request […]]]>

In a request to amend its Medicaid 1115 waiver, New York State is proposing a $325 million investment in nine Regional Health Equity Organizations (HEROs) that would serve as coordinating entities for formalized partnerships between managed care organizations, hospitals, community providers and other stakeholders.

The HERO program is part of a larger $13.5 billion request to continue transforming the state’s Medicaid program.

Similar to the Leading Health Communities model in states like Hawaii or Leading Health Communities organizations in Washington, HEROs would focus on collaboration and coordination, and facilitating activities that best meet the needs of the communities they serve. they serve (in order to increase the overall health of these communities).

The New York Department of Health (DOH) said HEROs will be structured to replicate the successes of the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program, while incorporating changes informed by challenges encountered and lessons learned throughout. from the program. The DSRIP program included the creation of 25 Performing Provider Systems, which were local collaborations of safety net provider partnerships who received the opportunity to earn performance incentive payments to move the needle on reducing avoidable admissions and achieving clinical results, which included moving PPS partners to pay-for-performance arrangements. SDPs were regional entities across the state, and some had overlapping geographic coverage areas.

To ensure a comprehensive and coordinated regional approach, New York is seeking to license only one HERO per region based on the nine historical regional divisions used by the DOH for Medicaid Managed Care Organization rate setting, CMS health insurance market and to measure public health outcomes. . However, the DOH would consult with local health departments and other key stakeholders to subdivide these regions based on compelling evidence that such additional divisions would enhance the work of HEROs. To this end, the HERO would serve as a collaborative body bringing together key stakeholders, serving as a focal point for regional planning and coordination around initiatives to improve health equity, and leveraging all planning activities existing public health initiatives underway in the regions, including initiatives led by local health departments.

Letter from SHIN-NY Participants
In a May 2022 letter to the DOH, the six regional health information organizations that make up the New York State Health Information Network (the SHIN-NY) and the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC ) noted that the waiver plan calls for HEROs to be tasked with carrying out a wide range of activities and collaborative efforts – one of the most complex and costly of which is building the technology infrastructure. necessary to achieve the objectives of the derogation. “However, more than a decade ago, New York State had the foresight to consider and support SHIN-NY, a statewide health information exchange, and we urge the state to take advantage of this resource now. We recommend special attention to the establishment of QE [qualified entities] as a HERO or a formal relationship between HEROs and SHIN-NY, which would allow HEROs to take advantage of state investments in SHIN-NY’s technology infrastructure while ensuring waiver funds are focused and directed where they can have the greatest impact – meeting the needs of HERO communities.

The letter’s authors also noted that operational issues are emerging in states such as California and North Carolina that have begun implementing their waiver plans. New York must be prepared for key operational questions and issues that will arise and need to be resolved before and during the implementation of the waiver, they said. “We propose that the state, in partnership with SHIN-NY, engage in a multi-stakeholder planning process as soon as possible to begin to identify and address issues such as politics and governance. Based on SHIN-NY’s experience in building and implementing a statewide network of health information technology platforms, we are uniquely positioned to help the State to identify and solve the problems and to meet the challenges in an implementation of such magnitude.

The letter notes that data interoperability and standardization will be critical to HEROs’ work to analyze data, identify equity priorities, build consensus around interventions, and apply lessons learned. “SHIN-NY has deep experience in data management and governance, and has been focused on data quality initiatives over the past year. As noted above, at a minimum, a formal relationship between HEROs and SHIN-NY can help the state leverage our existing data standardization experience and expertise to support and strengthen the work of HEROs. .

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Newell got a late waiver but fell for the opportunistic defense https://mentalx.org/newell-got-a-late-waiver-but-fell-for-the-opportunistic-defense/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 01:46:33 +0000 https://mentalx.org/newell-got-a-late-waiver-but-fell-for-the-opportunistic-defense/ Newell tried to win it back on Monday, having lost an unbeaten record and the lead with his defeat in the Classic, Colosso Bielsa defending and vigilante at the Marcelo Bielsa stadium. The matches, valid for the tenth day of the Professional League, are refereed by Faisundo Tello and broadcast on public television. Newell recovered […]]]>

Newell tried to win it back on Monday, having lost an unbeaten record and the lead with his defeat in the Classic, Colosso Bielsa defending and vigilante at the Marcelo Bielsa stadium.

The matches, valid for the tenth day of the Professional League, are refereed by Faisundo Tello and broadcast on public television.

Newell recovered after the classic, but Defensa y Justicia took the lead at 4′ through Uvita Fernandez after pressure from the visitors in the middle and a run from Togani and Ditta’s error after the cross.

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Leprosy wants to wake up and in the 6′ Pablo Perez places the cross at the penalty spot where, alone, Juanchon García leads and Unsane is contained.

The home side go with everything and there were two, the first due to a poor start from home base and after a cross from the left from Luciano in the 13th when Sordo kicked off his left foot as everyone shouted goal.

At 27′ the light on the side of the visor has failed and the process continues with loss of light.

Newell continued and unprotected behind and so 30′ Ditta was booked, who went for a goal ball two minutes later which was landed by Juanchon García but narrowly saved.

Newell received another goal from the defense early in the add-on.

Newell falls from 4′ and goes with everything for the match by the end of the PT. At the start of the add-on, Duterte finished from long range and after hitting Ditta in the head, he knocked out Herrera.

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Delay, detention costs: Customs urge shipping companies to allow full waiver – Business & Finance https://mentalx.org/delay-detention-costs-customs-urge-shipping-companies-to-allow-full-waiver-business-finance/ Sun, 24 Jul 2022 00:04:50 +0000 https://mentalx.org/delay-detention-costs-customs-urge-shipping-companies-to-allow-full-waiver-business-finance/ KARACHI: Pakistan Customs has urged shipping companies to allow full waiver of delay and detention charges on all pending shipments disembarked at any port in the country no later than June 30, 2022. Earlier, the memorandum issued by the Department of Commerce stated that the MOC has decided to release all such shipments, imported in […]]]>

KARACHI: Pakistan Customs has urged shipping companies to allow full waiver of delay and detention charges on all pending shipments disembarked at any port in the country no later than June 30, 2022.

Earlier, the memorandum issued by the Department of Commerce stated that the MOC has decided to release all such shipments, imported in violation of SRO 598(I)/2022 of May 19, 2022, and which are awaiting customs clearance, provided the shipments had landed at any port in the country no later than June 30, 2022, subject to the payment of a surcharge to be imposed on the C&F value of the goods, which is between 5 and 15%.

Therefore, Pakistan Customs has released all these shipments, which are awaiting customs clearance at any port in the country.

Keeping in mind that late and detained charges can potentially render this relaxation ineffective, the Customs Department has urged shipping lines to waive all late and detained charges on all pending shipments landed in n’ any port in the country from May 19, 2022, for June 30, 2022.

Earlier, the issue was raised by trade bodies in Karachi and sent letters to the concerned authorities.

They said that following the imposition of an import ban on luxury items under SRO.598(i)/2022 dated 19th May 2022, around 600-900 containers were stuck at Karachi port alone in due to the delay of the original outgoing vessel and Bill of Lading issued after May 19, 2022 and requested to postpone the date of implementation of the ban to July 1, 2022.

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Elderly Limerick woman lost waiver in trash after forgetting to sign form https://mentalx.org/elderly-limerick-woman-lost-waiver-in-trash-after-forgetting-to-sign-form/ Fri, 22 Jul 2022 08:35:15 +0000 https://mentalx.org/elderly-limerick-woman-lost-waiver-in-trash-after-forgetting-to-sign-form/ Sarah Kiely, Limerick Fine Gael Councilor A WOMAN in her 80s, who was recovering from poor health, was refused a bin waiver because she forgot to sign the application form. That’s according to Fine Gael councilor Sarah Kiely, who told the council executive at the Metropolitan District meeting on Wednesday that she believed the scheme […]]]>
Sarah Kiely, Limerick Fine Gael Councilor

A WOMAN in her 80s, who was recovering from poor health, was refused a bin waiver because she forgot to sign the application form.

That’s according to Fine Gael councilor Sarah Kiely, who told the council executive at the Metropolitan District meeting on Wednesday that she believed the scheme had no purpose.

Cllr Kiely felt the Bin Waiver Scheme needed to be improved and made more age friendly.

“We are failing in our obligation to communicate and inform older people – some of whom have literacy issues – who are eligible for the program. This is a huge problem, a fundamental problem. We have all heard stories of people who haven’t even received the application forms. It’s a fundamental flaw. The forms have to be sent,” the City East representative said.

After highlighting the case of an 80-year-old woman who forgot to sign her application, which led to her not receiving the waiver, Cllr Kiely appealed to the Council for compassion.

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“You’re talking about people who worked hard all their lives and paid their taxes, and they didn’t even get a letter. The administration of the plan is imperfect, it does not promote good relations with the elderly.

“We are all very proud of the program and the fact that we are the only council in the country to have such a program. It’s a gift from the councilors to the people of the city and county. We are not protecting our gift. The whole process is flawed and I ask the executive to take this into account.

Labor Party councilor Elena Secas called on the Council to consider making over-65s automatically eligible for the scheme from next year, and bypassing them having to go through the reapply process.

“People get confused and it’s the wrong time of year — December and January are easy to forget. It happens to too many people and they are being punished for forgetting,” said Cllr Secas.

“I’m just asking that from next year more time be given and reminders sent. A lot of older people aren’t on social platforms and they don’t get all the information. Next year , those over 65 should automatically benefit from the program.

Jayne Leahy, head of property services for the council, said 310,000 waivers were issued in 2022.

Council members were advised that, in the interests of fairness, individuals must reapply each year as their circumstances may change. Ms. Leahy also told council members that council staff were happy to help anyone having difficulty with their application.

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Federal retirees urge Congress to scrap savings disbursement rule as inflation bites https://mentalx.org/federal-retirees-urge-congress-to-scrap-savings-disbursement-rule-as-inflation-bites/ Wed, 20 Jul 2022 18:47:57 +0000 https://mentalx.org/federal-retirees-urge-congress-to-scrap-savings-disbursement-rule-as-inflation-bites/ The National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees, which defends the interests of the public service, sent a letter to Congress asking him to reinstate a pandemic-era provision for pension plans. Federal retirees, like civilians, must withdraw a portion of their savings each year. These withdrawals are called minimum required distributions. Under the Coronavirus […]]]>

The National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees, which defends the interests of the public service, sent a letter to Congress asking him to reinstate a pandemic-era provision for pension plans.

Federal retirees, like civilians, must withdraw a portion of their savings each year. These withdrawals are called minimum required distributions. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, Congress waived distribution requirements for 2020 in response to the market crash at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. NARFE is now asking lawmakers to suspend these distributions again amid runaway inflation.

“Our nation’s retirees are facing the brunt of the economic downturn and the suspension of RMDs would bring real relief to those living on fixed incomes,” the letter said.

One-third of the federal workforce will be eligible to retire by 2025, creating a pool of employees now planning for retirement. Meanwhile, those currently on benefits are seeing their money put in overtime to account for the 9.1% rise in consumer prices over the past year.

That’s why now is a critical time for seniors to hold on to their retirement investments longer and delay paying their taxes, said John Hatton, NARFE’s staff vice president for policy and programs.

“These mandatory withdrawals will force seniors to sell assets at stock market values ​​that have been depressed by the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy tightening in response to soaring inflation,” the NARFE letter said.

Why are retirees forced to use their savings?

When a federal employee invests in a tax-deferred account like a traditional Thrift Savings Plan or IRA, the government is prepared not to tax it. Eventually, however, the IRS will get its due.

Income tax is paid on distributions when they are withdrawn to prevent people from storing money in these accounts indefinitely.

“That’s why RMDs exist,” said Chris Kowalik, a retirement expert for FedImpact.com and the founder of ProFeds, an entrepreneur providing retirement training to federal employees nationwide.

So for the more than 6 million Thrift Savings Plan account holders in the United States, federal law requires them to withdraw money from their account after reaching a certain age. The amount depends on your age and life expectancy.

This calculation is updated periodically. For the first time in about a decade, the IRS adjusted the rate for this year, but not because of inflation, IRS spokesman Eric Smith said. The new rates simply reflect an increase in life expectancy.

Longer lifespans can lead to lower annual RMDs, meaning they take a smaller “bite” from your retirement account, according to financial services Edward Jones firm.

Former President Donald Trump released a decree in 2018 asking the government to review its life expectancy tables for the purpose of calculating RMDs.

How RMDs Affect Retirement Planning

By setting aside money in these traditional accounts, Kowalik said account holders sign a sort of “blank cheque” to withdraw a set percentage from their account, regardless of taxes, inflation or performance for their money.

Kowalik said forcing older people to withdraw money from these accounts, especially if they don’t need it, means they could sell when the value is low.

“The concern of the IRS is not ‘Is it in this person’s financial interest to take this money? “, Kowalik said. “It’s, ‘This is when the tax bill is due. And the way we’re going to tax you on the money is to take a distribution.

Retirees retain some choice, she said. They can choose to withdraw their RMD monthly in smaller chunks, which can help compensate for market fluctuations. Those who withdraw their RMD in one installment at the end of the year are beholden to what the market looks like at that time.

For federal retirees, other rules apply.

First there is five basic funds within the TSP, and each behaves differently depending on market conditions. When TSP account holders receive distributions, they are not able to specify where the money is being withdrawn from. Retirees cannot choose to withdraw distributions from the fund that is performing better, for example.

Second, in the private sector, RMDs are based solely on the traditional IRA value and don’t affect other accounts, such as Roth IRAs, Kowalik said. This is not the case for federal recipients. Their RMD calculation is based on their entire account balance, including Roth TSP. Thus, federal retirees therefore withdraw a larger sum.

Finally, the IRS typically issues a penalty if an account holder fails to take out RMDs. For federal employees, this never happens because the TSP will automatically write a check to satisfy the RMD and submit it to the government.

Having a diversified financial plan with money spread across different “buckets” can help minimize the effect of RMDs, Kowalik said.

For RMDs to be temporarily suspended again would require an act of Congress.

Representative John Katkoa New York Republican, led an effort to extend the RMD suspension for the rest of 2021. However, the suspension expired last March, and NARFE’s Hatton said Congress was less likely to suspend collection again. RMDs.

Last year, a bipartisan bill — the Security and Retirement Savings Act – was introduced in the Senate which includes a provision suspending RMDs if an individual’s retirement account balance is less than $100,000.

Molly Weisner is a reporter for the Federal Times, where she covers industry issues regarding the government workforce. She made previous stops at USA Today and McClatchy as a producer and worked at the New York Times printing office as an editor. Molly majored in Journalism and French at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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