May 14, 2021


Texas Association of Business urges Abbott to reject extended unemployment benefits

The Texas Association of Business joined 37 other organizations in urging Governor Greg Abbott to reject extended unemployment benefits.

The groups blame the benefits for a labor shortage at businesses like retail stores and restaurants. 

To get benefits in Texas people still have to show they’re looking for work, but some businesses say they’re not getting applicants.

“We definitely have fewer applicants,” said Michael Stone, owner, Stone’s Hardware. “Used to

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Stimulus Plan Has Health Insurance Benefits, Too

When President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law in March, much of the focus was on the stimulus payments, and with good reason: $1,400 is nothing to sneeze at, particularly if multiple people in your household are eligible to receive a check. But depending on your circumstances, other provisions in the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill could be worth even more than $1,400—particularly if you need health insurance.

Health insurance for early retirees. Working longer is one of the most effective ways to make your retirement nest egg last (see The Benefits of Working Longer), but not

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Google’s and Microsoft’s Profits Soar as Pandemic Benefits Big Tech

Credit…Cody O’Loughlin for The New York Times

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, said on Tuesday that revenue in its most recent quarter increased sharply from the same period a year ago, boosted by strong demand for online advertising on its search results and YouTube videos and by continued growth at its cloud computing arm.

Alphabet posted revenue of $55.31 billion, up 34 percent from a year earlier, and net profit more than doubled to $17.93 billion in the first quarter. It was the third straight quarter of record profit for the company. The results

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Statewide small business program offers many benefits | Southernminnbiz

Local businesses have a litany of resources at their disposal thanks to Small Business Development Centers throughout the state.

The centers offer free access to capital, loan packaging, financial analysis and assessments, accounting systems and literacy, marketing and research, marketing plan development, feasibility analysis, startup assistance and business plan development.

The centers, offered through the U.S. Small Business Administration, operates a state office and more than 15 satellite centers. Regional offices in Minnesota are in Bemidji, Brainerd, Duluth, Mankato, Marshall, Minneapolis, Moorhead, Rochester and St. Cloud.

SBDC State Director Bruce Strong said the organization is aware of the importance that

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Received jobless benefits in 2020? IRS could be sending you money soon

Did you file your tax return just before you realized that you could get a tax break on a portion of the jobless benefits you received in 2020?

Here’s some good news: Big money could be heading your way soon — or some of that money could be applied to any taxes you might owe.

And you won’t have to amend a federal income tax return to get it. 

On Wednesday, the IRS said it would take steps to automatically refund money this spring and summer to people who filed their tax return reporting unemployment compensation before the recent tax

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