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House passes bills aimed at reigning in IRS

Posted July 24, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Good Day,

The House passed a number of bills aimed at reining in the IRS, funding highway and road programs, keeping access to the Internet tax-free, improving our economy and creating American jobs.

The Financial Services Appropriations Bill passed and is important because it prioritizes programs critical to enforcing laws, maintaining an effective judiciary system, and helping small businesses, while targeting lower-priority or poor-performing programs – such as the Internal Revenue Service – for reductions. This bill keeps the IRS in check when it comes to spending your tax dollars and fulfilling its key duties by cutting funding by $341 million, prohibiting funds for the targeting of individuals based on their political beliefs – including

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    Missouri moves up to #8 in Top 10 Pro-Business States

    Missouri has moved up to No. 8 in the ratings of top U.S. states for business compiled by the nation’s premier international brokerage and consulting firm, Gov. Jay Nixon announced July 16. This is the fifth consecutive year Missouri has made the list of the Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States, an annual study considered the most comprehensive in the economic development industry.

    Pollina Corporate praised the Governor’s record on economic development: “Governor Jay Nixon has shown that he understands – and is capitalizing on – the process required for job creation

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    Savvy Senior®

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    Since retiring, my husband and I love to travel but hotel costs eat up our budget so fast we can’t stay as long, or go as often as we’d like to. I’ve heard that there are alternative lodging options like short-term apartment rentals or even house sitting that offer a much cheaper way to travel. How can we find these?

    Retired Travelers

    Dear Travelers,

    If you’re willing to do a little research and preplanning, there

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    Protect your mobility to protect independence

    Older age, less physical activity, reduced strength and balance, obesity and chronic diseases are all common risk factors that lead to loss of mobility. Losing mobility with age has profound consequences on physical, social and psychological health.

    “Once mobility is lost, independence is often lost. The feeling of isolation can be overwhelming and often physical and emotional health plummet,” said Dr. Pam Duitsman, nutrition and health specialist, University of Missouri Extension. “The good news is that the evidence is strong that we can head off immobility and perhaps avoid it altogether with

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    Improving Child Welfare

    Good Day,

    I was pleased to take a step toward improving child welfare in our state and throughout the nation by hosting a Congressional Listening Tour, in Columbia, with a fellow Member of Congress, children’s services experts and community leaders.

    The goal of our time in Columbia was to highlight both the positive aspects and the challenges of the child welfare system here in Missouri

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    Missouri Chamber supports new law to block ‘patent trolls’

    Legislation protecting companies from patent infringement scams was signed into law by Gov. Jay Nixon on July 8. The Missouri Chamber advocated for this measure, Senate Bill 706, sponsored by Sen. Mike Cunningham, a Republican from Marshfield.

    The legislation addresses a growing “industry” led by so-called patent trolls, who purchase rights to old patents and then look for companies producing similar products that they can sue for patent infringement. Often, companies that are sued will choose to settle out of court for $50,000, or more, rather than engaging in a lengthy and

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    Gov. vetoes two consumer lending bills

    Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed two consumer-lending bills, saying that one bill does not provide true reform to payday lending and the other bill takes away the authority of local government to protect consumers.

    In vetoing Senate Bill 694, the Governor said the bill “provides false hope of true payday lending reform while in reality falling far short of the mark.” Instead of true reform, Senate Bill 694 “appears to be part of a coordinated effort by the payday loan industry to avoid more meaningful reform.” The Governor pointed out that under the

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    Vision loss in the elderly

    by Faith Trussell, RN, BSN, Program Director, Senior Life Solutions

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in the United States. AMD causes damage to the macula, a spot near the center of the retina that is needed for sharp, straight-ahead vision. As the disease progresses, it causes a blurred area in the center of vision, which leads to difficulty with everyday activities such as driving, reading, writing, watching TV, cooking, and doing housework as well as participating in favorite hobbies. Activities that one used to enjoy begin

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    Savvy Senior®

    Ergonomic tools that can ease gardening pains

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    Can you recommend some good ergonomic gardening gear for seniors? My 72-year-old mother loves to work in the garden, but has been plagued by various gardening injuries this year.

    Looking for Solutions

    Dear Looking,

    There’s no doubt that gardening can be tough on an aging body. Garden work often requires a lot of repetitive stooping, squatting, kneeling, gripping and lifting, which

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    Clearing up the facts about cataracts

    Cataract is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Approximately 24.5 million Americans have the lens-clouding eye condition, and the incidence is set to grow by 50 percent by 2050, according to the National Eye Institute. If not treated through a change in eyeglass prescription or surgery, cataracts, which affect more than half of all Americans by age 80, can increase risk of permanent blindness.

    To help clear up the facts about this lens-clouding eye condition ophthalmologists, medical doctors specializing in the

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    EarthTalk┬« E – The Environmental Magazine

    Dear EarthTalk: Is the gray wolf still endangered in the United States and how successful have

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