Health.Gov and the loss of individual health plans for five million Americans continues to be a problem for the Obama Administration. Although more people have signed-up over the last week, more people need to access the site, according to Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Bob Casey. He says an important date is on the way.
“November 30th is a hugely significant date because that’s the date the Administration has promised that most or in the order of 80 percent of folks will be able to access the website.”
Casey adds, Administration policy will help clean up the mess caused by the loss of individual insurance policies. Last Friday, the House passed the “Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013. 39 democrats voted for the measure.
Lower Gwynedd Township homeowners are not likely see a tax increase in 2014. According to Township officials, the general fund budget is listed as being just over 6.4 million dollars. Money collected from earned income tax is expected to generate 54 percent of the general fund. 50 percent of the money from the general fund helps operate the police department. Homes valued at 350-thousand dollars carry a 428-dollar real estate tax.
A defense contractor is moving out of Bucks County and taking more than a thousand jobs out of the local economy. Citing cuts in Federal spending, Lockheed Martin will close its Newtown Township facility. Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick says, his office will work with the displaced employees, but not much could be done to impact the decision.
“Corporations from time to time take a look at the business contracts and models. They made a very difficult decision. It closes the Newtown office, which has been doing commercial satellite development.”
Lockheed Martin was in Newtown Township for 20 years, consolidating there, after closing facilities in Montgomery County and New Jersey.
Enrollment is down 5% at Bucks County Community College. Officials there blame the decrease on more adults returning to work in the light of a better economy as well as four-year colleges competing aggressively for a dwindling pool of high school graduates. The combined enrollment at the three campuses of the college is currently about 10,100. That's about 500 less than this time last year. College officials are stepping up their efforts to attract students.