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FROM THE EDITOR
Stimulus. Recovery. Bailout. Spending. Debt. Infrastructure. Energy. Did I just about cover the last month's conversation on the airwaves and off?
But I haven't heard anyone talk about how to maximize the positive impacts of the new trillion dollar debt load we're taking on. So I have a simple solution for you to consider.
IF YOU are fortunate enough to be stimulated with some funds, how will you use them? Will you sit on them, use them once, or maximize their leverage?
I'm hoping we can maximize the leverage of these dollars not just for our own personal betterment, but for America's betterment. That means sharing...and maybe even a bit of "bite the bullet" sacrificing. Giving up on niceties for the sake of doing the right thing. Like conservation. Like greener solutions. Like reinvesting those dollars as smart as you/we can.
My favorite economist tells me that every dollar added to the economy is leveraged up to 10 times. (That's not the kind of leveraging we've been hearing about in the financial world's catastrophy where greed ran rampant and leveraged risk was commonly up to 40x)....but a mainstreet leveraging strategy that brings growth with stability and good sense -- sustainability.
When John makes a salary of $1, he spends it at the grocery store. The grocery store spends it with a wholesaler. The wholesaler spends it with the farmer. The farmer spends it with the seed company. The seed company pays another farmer. etc. etc. etc. We can't just save it. Dollars need to flow ... just like a seed in storage does't sprout, but planted and nurtured, it creates a plethora of new seeds, new nectar, new fruit.
Q: So how can we maximize these stimulus dollars to benefit our American community most?
A: Reinvest it in more green solutions!
When you earn $ for building infrastructure or at a job that was saved by stimulus funding...spend it on a green project that saves you money. Then sacrifice just a bit and invest those savings in a second green project. Maybe an Energy Star refrigerator (if appropriate). Then Energy Star LED or CFL light bulbs. Then some green job training. Then a tankless water heater. By that time, you will have multiplied your savings of dollars and impact on the environment, AND you will have helped FIVE green companies with the same "Stimulus Dollars."
That's how we will make this Recovery strategy a true recovery for America. Green. Growing. AND Smart!
Job Search Telephone Tips
This is a newsletter from the founder of Jobfox, a new kind of online job hunting service that also makes introductions for matched candidates and employers. I thought the job search phone tips would be helpful to those of you who need to improve your ability to break through the noise in the marketplace today. Carolyn [Read more]
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Green Stimulus UpdatesMembers of the green industries are pretty happy about the coming Stimulus (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) investment in green tech and green jobs. Here are a couple quotes from newsletters that cover specific segments of the green industries.
American Solar Energy Society - ASESKey provisions of this legislation include:
Individual tax reliefPutting more money in the pocket of working, non-working and unemployed. This credit affects 95% of workers, including those who don't earn enough to pay income taxes. In 2009 and 2010, this provision means up to $400 for an individual or $800 for couples. Workers who do not earn enough for this amount to be received through reduced federal income tax withholding will receive the remaining on a credit on their tax returns.
HomeownershipHow does the Recovery Act affect homebuyers? The Recovery Act includes an $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers. Unlike the credit passed last year, homebuyers will not have to repay the credit as long as they own and live in the house for three years. To qualify for the credit, homebuyers must make their purchase between Jan., 2009, and Nov. 30, 2009. First-time homebuyers in 2009 who have already filed their 2008 return and claimed the $7,500 credit may amend their returns to claim the balance of the credit based on this change.
What about plug-in hybrids cars?The Act provides a tax credit of up to $7,500 for individuals who purchase plug-in hybrid vehicles after 2009 or for plug-in conversions after the date of enactment and before 2012.
Public transportationCALPIRG is celebrating the fact that Congress and President Obama approved $17.7 billion in funding for public transportation -- including $8 billion for high-speed rail. The White House pushed for increasing these allocations in the final rapid-fire negotiations, seeing it as a tangible way to create jobs and benefit different parts of the country. It also added a futuristic element to legislation that has been criticized as lacking forward vision.
The addition was cheered by transit advocates, who had been dismayed that the stimulus deal included only $8.4 billion for mass transit. "After decades of looking on with envy at efficient bullet trains overseas, American high-speed rail is finally leaving the station," John Krieger of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group said in a statement.
The money would only be a small down payment, though, toward bringing high-speed rail to fruition. Californians voted in November to approve $10 billion in borrowing to begin building a high-speed rail line; the state currently estimates that the project will cost $45 billion to complete.
Let's not forget about California's Budget...The National Association of Women Business Owners, Los Angeles Chapter (NAWBO-LA) believes that the California budget is a necessary balance of reduced spending, increased revenue generation, economic stimulus and better government efficiency. In order to close the State's $42 billion deficit, the budget passed by the Legislature Feb. 19 aims to offset increased taxes with a strong stimulus initiative including "Incentives for California-based Companies Creating Jobs for Californians" – a measure which through numerous tax incentives – including a "new hire" tax credit – aims to draw companies to not only do business in California, but to base and expand operations in the State and develop the local workforce.
California Conservation CorpsThe CCC was saved in the current round of state budget compromises, thanks to many supportive letters and testimonials to the organizations's vital role in our state's natural resources preservation and community services. I thank my readers for their letters of support...you are appreciated! Carolyn
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