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Money Matters: Special needs planning can be a burden on any family

Roll of CashJill Snyder of the Law Offices of JIll A. Snyder, LLC was recently interviewed on our show on the issue of special needs family planning.

She provided her expertise regarding planning ahead for situations where a special needs family member may not be able to live independently, may have costly future medical expenses or may have special needs that a parent or other caregiver or family member would like to ensure are taken care of if that parent or caregiver unfortunately passed away or becomes unable to care for the special needs family member.

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Business Matters: Doomsday predictions for Social Security examined

Social Security and its future have been a topic of widespread speculation among experts for quite some time.

Doomsday forecasters have predicted for years that the Social Security trust fund will run dry well before the last of today’s working adults will get to enjoy the program.

However, as Carissa Miller of Transamerica recently pointed out on our show, fears of Social Security drying up altogether are likely unfounded.

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Five Reasons Why I Am Running To Be Your Congressman

The Olympics just ended, and if you watched like we did you heard the Maya Angelou poem on commercial breaks, “We are more alike, my friend, than we are unalike.” That is true for Congressional District 8 as well, for in our diversity we are united and share similar desires and needs.

For instance, as parents who just returned from dropping our sophomore off at college, Valerie and I identify with every parent who believes their child can accomplish great things. 

We all want the next generation to believe that they have a great purpose, to do good things in our country and world. We want them to hope, believe, dream, work hard and aspire to accomplish goals.

All this is our common interest, yet it is not guaranteed. Without freedom, the human condition goes dry.

That is why I am running to fill the open seat in Congress in Maryland's District 8 and I am asking for your vote.

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Your Finances: Paying for a college education can be intimidating for many parents

 

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We have all read about the escalating costs of higher education. According to CollegeBoard, tuition and fees to attend a public university increased by 13 percent over the past five years. The idea of paying for college can be quite intimidating.

At about the time that kids are old enough for college, parents begin thinking about their own plans for the future. Unfortunately, the timing can present some challenges as parents try to figure out how to balance these financial priorities.

In a recent installment of “Your Future, Your Finances,” I had the opportunity to sit down with Judith Ward, senior financial planner at investment firm T. Rowe Price, to get her perspective on balancing retirement and college planning. Ms. Ward has over 32 years of experience helping individuals make sound financial decisions.

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Comptroller advocates competition

 

Comptroller Peter Franchot spoke to a half-filled room with the Civic Federation on Nov. 9 at the County Council Building. Speaking of his role on the Maryland Board of Public Works, which he said has approved 18,000 contracts accounting for $85 billion in state spending since he rose to the position from being a delegate from Takoma Park, Franchot emphasized his independence from partisan politics as comptroller.

 

Franchot portrayed the Board of Public Works as a “court of last resort” against “machine politics,” citing his ability to stand up to the Democratic Party in Baltimore County as a champion of Dundalk Citizen groups regarding a development proposal that he voted against.

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Rain Tax Part II

 

Residents of Montgomery County pay multiple taxes justified in the name of the Chesapeake Bay, including a “bag” tax, a flash tax and water quality charge. Well-intentioned residents who genuinely would like to preserve the bay would be hard-pressed, however, to explain how all that money has made a difference.

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Montgomery Co. Positioned to Take the Lead with PACE

 

 

Commercial building owners in Montgomery County have a new opportunity, unavailable in most of the rest of the state, to retrofit their buildings with energy improvements, with no upfront costs.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is an alternative to traditional debt financing enabled last year by the Maryland General Assembly. Montgomery is one of two counties that have enacted the local ordinances required to implement PACE. Anne Arundel is the other.

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