266,000 New Jobs in November, Average Hourly Wage Rose to $28.29, Up 3.1 Percent Over 2018

266,000 New Jobs in November, Average Hourly Wage Rose to $28.29, Up 3.1 Percent Over 2018

Washington, DC…Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 266,000 in November, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 3.5 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Notable job gains occurred in health care and in professional and technical services. Employment rose in manufacturing, reflecting the return of workers from a strike. This news […]

The Growth of Socially Responsible Investing ~ from Brian J. Tewksbury

The Growth of Socially Responsible Investing ~ from Brian J. Tewksbury

Murphys, CA…Brian J. Tewksbury, Biography: Financial Advisor / Investment Advisor / Stock Broker / Insurance Licensed Professional / Business Consultant and Entrepreneur experienced in supporting small business owners and start-ups in all aspects of accounting and fund raising for seed capital and beyond. Specialties: SEC License Series 7 and Series 66. California Insurance License #0G81083 […]

Calaveras Community Foundation Increases Grant Maximum for 2020

Calaveras Community Foundation Increases Grant Maximum for 2020

San Andreas, CA…To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF), the Foundation Board has announced an expanded competitive grant process for 2020. “In the Foundation’s first 20 years, we have been able to award over $2,400,000 in grants and scholarships to Calaveras County non profits and students,” said Board President Linda Kangeter. […]

Do You Want to Create a New Life Story and Help Build Your Own Home?

Do You Want to Create a New Life Story and Help Build Your Own Home?

Copperopolis, CA…Do you want to create a new life story and help build your own home?  Habitat for Humanity is Now Accepting Applications!  APPLY to be a Habitat for Humanity homebuyer and build your family’s strength, stability and self-reliance.  Homeowner applications for a new build in Copperopolis will only be accepted by delivery to Habitat […]

The Economic Impact of Tourism on California’s Rural Counties

The Economic Impact of Tourism on California’s Rural Counties

Sacramento, CA…After nine consecutive years of growth, California’s travel and tourism economy continues to surge.   Visitors pumped more than $140 billion in travel spending in the last year, stimulating business development and providing Californians with more than one million jobs. Increased travel spending is leading to record-setting hotel construction and more than $4 billion in annual […]

Shop Local Small Business Saturday® & Everyday Where 67% of Every Dollar Spent Stays in the Community

Shop Local Small Business Saturday® & Everyday Where 67% of Every Dollar Spent Stays in the Community

New York, NY…In honor of the 10th annual Small Business Saturday®, taking place on November 30, American Express is illuminating the challenges and opportunities facing small business owners today, as well as educating consumers on the positive impact of shopping small year-round. With the state of retail changing – from rising rents to shifting consumer […]

Insurance Commissioner to Order Increased FAIR Plan Coverage Options

Insurance Commissioner to Order Increased FAIR Plan Coverage Options

Sacramento, CA…As wildfire risk drives more non-renewals of homeowner insurance across the state, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara is taking action to help homeowners find adequate coverage to protect their homes by ordering the FAIR Plan to offer a comprehensive policy in addition to its current dwelling fire-only coverage by June 1, 2020, with traditional homeowner […]

Deadline to Apply for Wildfire Assistance Program is Friday, Nov. 15

Deadline to Apply for Wildfire Assistance Program is Friday, Nov. 15

San Francisco, CA…The Wildfire Assistance Program funded by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has distributed more than $25 million to people displaced by the 2017 Northern California wildfires and the 2018 Camp fire. The $100 million fund, approved by the judge in PG&E’s Chapter 11 cases, is intended to help those who are either […]

IRA and Retirement Plan Limits for 2020 ~ From Brian J. Tewksbury

IRA and Retirement Plan Limits for 2020  ~ From Brian J. Tewksbury

Murphys, CA…IRA contribution limits: The maximum amount you can contribute to a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA in 2020 is $6,000 (or 100% of your earned income, if less), unchanged from 2019. The maximum catch-up contribution for those age 50 or older remains at $1,000. You can contribute to both a traditional IRA and […]

Could a Health Savings Account Help Strengthen Your Retirement Plan? ~ From Brian J. Tewksbury

Could a Health Savings Account Help Strengthen Your Retirement Plan?  ~ From Brian J. Tewksbury

Murphys, CA…By one estimate, a 65-year-old couple who retire in 2019 may need about $300,000 in savings to pay their health-care expenses in retirement. This includes premiums for Medicare Parts B and D, supplemental (Medigap) insurance, and median out-of-pocket prescription drug expenses, but not other health expenses such as long-term care, dental care, and eye […]

Wall Street Journal Editorial: “California’s Gasoline Panic”

Wall Street Journal Editorial: “California’s Gasoline Panic”

New York, NY…Democrats in California have worked hard for years to inflate gasoline prices, but now they’re searching for a fall guy as voters gripe about how much they’re paying to fill up. Round up the usual fossil-fuel suspects! California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday ordered state Attorney General Xavier Becerra to investigate oil companies […]

November 1 Begins Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Marketplaces

November 1 Begins Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Marketplaces

Murphys, CA…Beginning on November 1, 2019, individuals (including families) may apply for new health insurance, switch to a different health-care plan, or re-enroll in their current plan through a Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The open enrollment period for 2020 health coverage ends on December 15, 2019. Individuals can use Health […]

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony For New Calaveras County Emergency Communications Tower

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony For New Calaveras County Emergency Communications Tower

San Andreas, CA…A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on October 4th in front of CCSO headquarters in San Andreas. It celebrated the completion of the county’s new communications site above Arnold. This new site is designed to improve radio coverage and capabilities of first responders. The American Red Cross expressed their commitment with funds after […]

Interested In Purchasing A Home? Call Judy Today for a Personal Consultation!

Interested In Purchasing A Home?  Call Judy Today for a Personal Consultation!

Arnold, CA…Judy Bettencourt purchased a home in Blue Lake Springs in 2004 and decided to make it her full time residence in 2008. Judy has been helping clients with homeownership since 1998. Besides her desire to help people with their dream of home ownership, she has a passion for the outdoors and enjoys hiking and […]

136,000 Jobs Added as Unemployment Rate Drops to 51 Year Low of 3.5%

136,000 Jobs Added as Unemployment Rate Drops to 51 Year Low of 3.5%

Washington, DC…The unemployment rate declined to 3.5 percent in September, and total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 136,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment in health care and in professional and business services continued to trend up. This news release presents statistics from two monthly surveys. The household survey measures labor force […]

Attorney General Becerra Joins Bipartisan Coalition of State Attorneys General in Calling on Congress to Pass Cannabis Banking Legislation

Attorney General Becerra Joins Bipartisan Coalition of State Attorneys General in Calling on Congress to Pass Cannabis Banking Legislation

Sacramento, CA….California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, as part of a bipartisan coalition of 21 state attorneys general, urged Congress to pass the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment through Entrusting States (STATES) Act of 2019 or similar measures that would allow legal cannabis-related businesses to access the banking system. The STATES Act would bring billions of dollars […]

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