Author: Bretcrutchfield

GOP health bill: Benefit cuts for poor, tax cuts for rich

WASHINGTON — America’s poorest families would lose thousands of dollars in health benefits so that millionaires could get huge tax cuts under the Senate Republicans’ health bill, according to an independent analysis released Tuesday. The study underscores the political difficulty of repealing and replacing Democrat Barack Obama’s health care law, which raised taxes on the rich while increasing health benefits for low- and middle-income families. Families making less than $10,000 would lose, on average, more than $2,500 in annual benefits under the bill, once it is fully phased in. Families making more than $1 million a year would get...

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Police Cruisers

Ever see a Charlotte County Sheriff’s vehicle parked at a North Port home overnight and wonder what it’s doing there? It’s because law enforcement agencies from Sarasota to Punta Gorda, including the Florida Highway Patrol, all have take-home car policies for officers. While some policies differ from others, most agencies say the practice is more efficient, saves taxpayers’ money and deters...

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