Daily Digest 5/16 - Student Fees Increasing, Over 55 And Jobless, Why So Many Ph.D's Are On Food Stamps
- Saverin dumps US citizenship ahead of Facebook IPO
- Italy Economy Contracts Most in Three Years on Recession
- IMF head says Greece could leave euro
- New Jersey April Revenue Collections 5.3% Below Budget Goals
- SNAP faces billions of dollars in cuts
- Shelling out to use Sonoma Coast beaches
- Recession hits "pretty grim" EU states in the east
- Metals Thefts Spike 400 Percent In One County
- Half of college grads working full time, with less pay, deep debt
- Greek Banks See Deposit Withdrawals
- In about-face, Greece pays bond swap holdouts
- Foreign holdings of US debt hit record high
- China faces pressure to reverse economic slump
- Why So Many Ph.D.s Are On Food Stamps
- Student fees increase
- KU proposes tuition hike of nearly 5 percent, effective next fall
- MnSCU proposes tuition increases for St. Cloud State, tech college
- Milliman: Healthcare costs for American family exceed $20,000 in 2012
- Over 55 and jobless, Americans face tough hunt
- Financial Troubles Continue for City of Lincoln
- Kuwait risks exhausting oil savings by 2017 - IMF
- Italy's banks shaken as economic slump deepens
Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin has renounced his U.S. citizenship, a move expected to save him hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes stemming from the company’s impending initial public offering.
The Brazil-born 30-year-old became a U.S. citizen in 1998 but has lived in Singapore since 2009. Giving up his citizenship will allow him to avoid paying taxes on billions of dollars of capital gains when Facebook launches its IPO Friday. Singapore does not have a capital gains tax.
Italy’s economy contracted for a third quarter in the three months through March as the nation’s recession deepened amid an intensifying euro-area debt crisis. Gross domestic product declined 0.8 percent, the most in three years, Rome-based national statistics institute Istat said in a preliminary report today. The contraction was more than the median forecast of 0.7 percent in a survey of 14 economists by Bloomberg News. GDP fell 1.3 percent from a year earlier.
"If the country's budgetary commitments are not honoured, there are appropriate revisions to do, which means either supplementary financing and additional time or mechanisms for an exit, which in this case must be an orderly exit," Christine Lagarde said in an interview with France 24.
New Jersey’s April revenue was 5.3 percent below Governor Chris Christie’s targets as income and business taxes fell short, leaving collections $230 million behind forecasts for the first 10 months of this fiscal year.
Melissa Booher is scared. For the last five years this mom has been able to put food on the table for her family because of food stamps. "I honestly don't know what I'd do without them," said Booher.
But she may soon have to figure it out. In an effort to reduce the deficit and replace what would have been a 10 percent cut to the military budget, the House of Representatives voted last week to cut the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $36 billion.
California State Parks is planning to charge for day use at 14 popular beaches on the Sonoma Coast, 20 years after a similar effort sparked months of furious protest that ultimately forced the state to rescind the fees. State parks officials now want to charge visitors $8 a day for parking at Goat Rock in Jenner, Bodega Head, Salt Point State Park and at several other beaches where access now is free.
State officials say the fees are necessary to keep beaches open and to reopen those that are closed as the park system grapples with budget cuts and a deferred maintenance backlog of more than $1 billion.
The Czech Republic's economy shrank for the third quarter in a row and Romania fell back into recession from January to March, as the euro crisis and government austerity hammered domestic demand and squeezed exports across central and eastern Europe.
Baltimore County Police have set up a special team to investigate the spike in thefts of metals.
Chief Jim Johnson has created a Metals Theft Team. He tells WBAL Radio that since 2009, there has been a more than 450 percent increase in metal thefts in the county. Johnson says aluminum bleachers, poles and products are also been stolen, dismantled and scrapped.
For most recent college graduates, these are gloomy times. Only about half are working full-time, with the majority starting with less pay than expected while also dealing with huge student debts. Nearly six in 10 think they'll end up less financially successful than their elders.
Greek depositors withdrew EUR700 million from local banks on Monday, the country's president said, and warned that the situation facing Greece's lenders was very difficult. In a transcript of remarks by President Karolos Papoulias to Greek political leaders that was released Tuesday, Papoulias said that withdrawals plus buy orders received by Greek banks for German bunds totalled some EUR800 million.
Greece made a last-minute about-face on Tuesday and paid bondholders who rejected an earlier debt exchange, a move likely to upset creditors who accepted just cents on the euro in a historic bond swap.
Greece opted to pay 435 million euros ($552 million) of a May 15 bond to holders who had refused to exchange their debt, despite insisting at the time of the offer in March that anyone who rejected it would get nothing.
Total foreign holdings rose 0.3 percent to a $5.12 trillion, marking the eighth consecutive monthly increase, the Treasury Department reported Tuesday. U.S. government debt is considered one of the safest investments. Demand has increased as investors worry about the uncertainty surrounding Europe's debt crisis.
Gao Runping, who makes mechanical components for the oil industry, founded his business in the central city of Taiyuan with equipment bought from failing companies after the 2008 global crisis. Now, with China's economy cooling abruptly again, Gao sees another wave of bankruptcies about to hit his industry.
"I can see about one-fifth to one-third of the factories are about to close, and owners are preparing to sell off their equipment," said Gao, general manager of Taiyuan Fanhe Engineering Co.
It's no secret more Americans are relying on food stamps, but host Michel Martin looks at why those applying for government aid with master's and Ph.D degrees have more than doubled in recent years. Martin speaks with Stacey Patton, a reporter with The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Tony Yang, who is unemployed and holds a doctorate degree.
Starting next fall, dining hall, residence hall and student health fees will each increase by more than 5 percent, according to university officials. The university’s Board of Trustees approved the resolutions recommended by the Student Life subcommittee to change the rates last week.
The previous health fee of $238 per student per semester, which was set last fall, will increase to $252 next semester. All full-time students are charged for Student Health Services at the beginning of each semester.
Incoming KU freshmen who are Kansas residents would pay an additional 4.9 percent in tuition and fees, taking the cost of a 15 credit hour semester at the university to $4,839. Tuition and fees for non-resident freshmen would increase by 5 percent, to $11,874.
At St. Cloud State, annual costs to attend would increase $299 to $6,584 or 4.7 percent. The Technical and Community College tuition would go up $139 to $4,767 or a 3 percent increase.
The proposal raises tuition $171 for full-time undergraduates at the state colleges and $285 for the full-time students at the state universities. Full-time students at the 24 state colleges would pay average tuition of $4,815 a year and full-time students at the seven state universities average tuition of $6,782.
"The average rate of increase this year dips below 7% for the first time since we began analyzing these costs, but the total dollar increase is still the highest we have seen," said Lorraine Mayne, principal and consulting actuary with the Salt Lake City office of Milliman. "This helps illustrate the challenge of controlling healthcare costs. When the total cost is already so high, even a slower rate of growth has a serious impact on family budgets."
About 55 percent of jobless seniors, or 1.1 million, have been unemployed for more than six months, up from 23 percent, or less than 200,000, four years earlier, according to a Government Accountability Office report released on Tuesday.
The GAO, a non-partisan investigative arm of Congress, also found that years of lost work significantly reduced retirement income, particularly for those with defined contribution retirement plans.
"Things are actually slated to be even tougher this year," said Lincoln Mayor Spencer Short. The city is staring down another $2 million budget shortfall. "We've depleted most of our reserves and we'll probably deplete the rest of our reserves this year." The nationwide housing and foreclosure crisis is still taking a toll.
"Most of the housing prices were running $440,000 in 2006, today they're running 220, which means all of those foreclosures are reset to a lower property tax figure," said Short. Combine that with dozens of empty storefronts looking for tenants.
Kuwait will have exhausted all its oil savings by 2017 if it keeps on spending money at the current rate, the International Monetary Fund said in a report published on Tuesday.
As Greece erupts, Italy is moving into the eye of the storm. Its economy is contracting at speeds not seen since the depths of the slump in 2009 as draconian austerity bites, greatly increasing the risk of social revolt and a banking crisis. With the world's third largest debt after the US and Japan at €1.9 trillion (£1.18 trillion), it is big enough to bring the global financial system to its knees. It is also in the front line of contagion as the Greek crisis metastasizes.
Yields on 10-year Italian debt jumped 16 points to 5.86pc on Tuesday after Italy's data agency said the country is sliding even into deeper recession, with GDP shrinking 0.8pc in the first quarter.
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