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- Tell Congress to Get ESEA Right
Education Insider - March 22, 2015
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Wall Street financial advisors shouldn’t be lining their pockets at the expense of your retirement savings.
Tell your members of Congress: Close the Loophole
Wall Street is lining its pockets with our retirement savings.
Here's the outrageous truth: thanks to a legal loophole, financial advisors are free to recommend retirement investments with expensive fees and low returns – while they receive big kickbacks. That means your retirement savings grow smaller, while their wallets keep getting bigger and bigger.
And we're not talking about a few dollars here and there. This bad advice could cost hard-working Americans like you nearly one quarter of your retirement savings.
It's time to say enough is enough. A new proposal could close this loophole, but already some in Congress are ready to side with Wall Street, instead of working to protect your savings. We need to show our elected officials that we're watching – and counting on them to protect our hard-earned retirement savings. Tell Congress: Stop Wall Street from shrinking Americans' retirement savings.
For decades, this loophole has let some bad actors on Wall Street tell you where to put your money based on what's best for their own bottom line…even if it means your retirement savings go down the drain. After working for years to earn a secure retirement, you deserve to know that your nest egg will be protected, not exploited by Wall Street.
The U.S. Department of Labor is considering a new standard that would hold anyone who gives investment advice genuinely accountable for helping you choose the best investments for you and your family. But already some in Congress are pushing bills that would protect these bad advisors and make it impossible to enforce these new standards.
Wall Street and its Congressional allies have stopped attempts to close this loophole before – we can't let them get away with it again.
Make sure your members of Congress know where you stand. Send them a message right now, and tell them to support closing the retirement advice loophole.
I know we can win this fight to protect the retirement savings we've earned, but it's going to take a lot of pressure to make it happen. After you send your message, make sure to forward this message to your friends and family too.
Thanks for speaking out at this critical moment. Your voice will make a difference.
NEA Education Insider - March 8, 2015
According to the NEA:
"Right now, Congress is rewriting the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) – also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Under ESEA, the focus has shifted from student learning towards testing, labeling, and punishing schools – with no significant closure of opportunity gaps."
4 ways you can help Congress get ESEA (NCLB) reauthorization right
Check out what you can do today!
As you may be aware, Senators Chafin and Vogel carried a bill, SB866, for VEA to provide a statewide health insurance option for school employees.
Moving to a statewide insurance option for local school divisions could save millions of dollars in the years ahead. These savings could be used to provide needed school funding. The Commonwealth would have much greater leverage in rate negotiations with insurance providers than any one of the 132 individual school divisions. The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission estimates savings of $44 to $66 million annually.
SB866 passed the Senate on a 38-0 vote. Now it goes before seven delegates on the House Appropriations Committee Compensation and Retirement Subcommittee. This committee has killed similar legislation in the past years.
Please call their offices and leave this simple message: "Please vote for SB866."
Delegate Charles Poindexter - (804) 698-1009 DelCPoindexter@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Riley Ingram - (804) 698-1062 DelRIngram@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Scott Lingamfelter - (804) 698-1031 DelSLingamfelter@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Tag Greason - (804) 698-1032 DelTGreason@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Scott Garrett - (804) 698-1023 DelSGarrett@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Johnny Joannou - (804) 698-1079 DelJJoannou@house.virginia.gov
Delgate Daun Hester - (804) 698-1089 DelDHester@house.virginia.gov
I have also included their email addresses in the event that you would prefer to send an email message.
Tell Congress: Protect seniors from going hungry!
"For nearly 50 years, the Older Americans Act (OAA) has been providing critical services to millions of seniors – from making sure they have healthy meals to helping caregivers get the support they need, it supports programs that older Americans rely on every day.
But the bill's authorization has been expired since 2011, leaving the future of these lifesaving programs uncertain. Congress has an opportunity now to do the right thing and renew this bipartisan legislation. Use the form below to send them a strong message:
We're counting on you to do right by older Americans. Renew the Older Americans Act and protect the dignity, health, and independence of all seniors!"
Click on the link at the top of this post to voice your opinion. Your voice matters!
NEA Education Insider - January 30, 2015
New House Rule Limits Full Consideration of Social Security Solutions
Decisions on Social Security aren't easy, but this seems like they will become even more difficult.
Send a Message to Your Senator Now!
Send a message to your senator urging him or her to vote against SJ 256, a Constitutional amendment which transfers the power to establish charter schools from local school boards to a nine member board appointed by the governor.
Here's the latest legislative update from the NEA.
Education Insider - January 23, 2015
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