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Union membership hitting new low

SG_HEADSHOT.jpgThe sad news that union membership has hit the lowest levels on record in the U.S. means a further depression of wages and benefits. According to a report by the U.S. Labor Department (DOL), only 10.7 percent of workers were union members last year, down from 11 percent in 2015, and nearly 20 percent in the early 1980’s.

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Find yourself asking, 'Where’s my refund?'

The law requiring the IRS to delay issuing refunds for certain taxpayers has caused a lot of uncertainty this tax season. In fact, it is believed that this delay, which impacts those claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), is partially responsible for up to a 78 percent drop in refunds compared to this time last year. This has left many wondering when they can expect their refund in their bank account.

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America needs the CFPB now more than ever

SG-headshot.jpgGiven the multiple fusillades the week-old Trump Administration has lobbed at civil liberties, the environment, and abortion rights, the attack on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) might seem rather minor. But nothing could be further from the truth. Two Republican Senators are asking President Trump to remove the director of the CFPB, Richard Cordray.

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EITC Awareness Day: Millions of Americans eligible for tax break

SG_HEADSHOT.jpgThis blog post was originally published in the Huffington Post.

If someone told you that you may be one of the more than five million Americans missing out on as much as $6,269 in prize money, you’d almost certainly dismiss it as a fantasy or fraud, right? What if I said that you could get that prize money without paying a dime? It definitely sounds too good to be true, I know.

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