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6/27/2017

The Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured by 2026 than would be under the Affordable Care Act, and it would raise premiums in the first two years but have 30% lower premiums in 2020 than under the Affordable Care Act, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office. If the Senate bill is passed into law, the number of uninsured would increase by 15 million next year, largely due to the repeal of the individual mandate, but federal deficit would be reduced by $321 billion over the next decade, CBO said.

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6/27/2017

When wages increased to $13 per hour in 2016, Seattle workers' hours fell by 9% costing them $125 a month on average, according to a study. Another study of food services employees found the wage hike was not hurting workers.

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6/27/2017

HOAs are prime targets when it comes to cybercrime, as many hackers favor small organizations because of lax security measures, write mediator Donie Vanitzian and attorney Bennet Kelley. If an HOA suffers a data breach, it should notify its members and file an insurance claim. To combat cybercrimes, HOAs should consider purchasing a cyberinsurance policy and consulting with a computer security expert to develop a prevention plan.

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6/27/2017

The California Assembly Judiciary Committee approved Sen. Bob Wieckowski's bill, which strives to rein in HOAs from infringing on residents' rights to engage in political speech. The bill, which is headed to the Assembly floor, would allow HOA members to distribute political information, use common areas for political meetings and invite politicians to talk to owners.

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6/27/2017

The Hazen Hills HOA in Washington transferred ownership of its park to the city of Kirkland, which has an initiative to have a park within a quarter-mile walking distance from each residential household. Mayor Amy Walen and other city leaders joined community members to celebrate the transfer.

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6/27/2017

Code.org, a nonprofit known for introducing coding to schools with its Hour of Code, has rolled out a program aimed at increasing computer science education in middle schools. Besides coding, students in the CS Discoveries course will learn how code can interact with physical components, including electronic circuit boards.

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6/27/2017

GuideStar has removed a warning label from its website launched earlier this month to let visitors know if a nonprofit had been designated a "hate group." The charity tracker said it would remove the label "for the time being" and that it was concerned for the safety of its staff due to the threatening backlash from some people opposed to the warning.

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6/27/2017

The YMCA in Winona, Minn., has joined with Habitat for Humanity in Winona and Fillmore County to offer free memberships and programming to low-income families. "(This partnership) can strengthen health, wellness and community engagement, and will be beneficial for people we serve of all ages and abilities," said Derek Madsen, CEO of the Winona YMCA, adding that the organization hopes to form similar partnerships with other local nonprofits.

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6/27/2017

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, has pledged $200 million to the American Cities Initiative, a program that will help city leaders tackle major problems and play a greater role in national politics. Cities, now more than ever, need to "replace Washington and, in some cases, state governments, to provide services," he said.

6/26/2017

A survey of 1,200 young Americans found that 62% of 16- to 19-year-olds say a career in oil and gas is unappealing, including 39% who say it is very unappealing. Two-thirds of the teenagers said they believe the industry causes problems rather than solving them.

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