BENEFITS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/BENEFITS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) New jobless claims numbers at pre-recession levels http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58321782-79/due-layoffs-levels-jobless.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58321782-79/due-layoffs-levels-jobless.html.csp">New jobless claims numbers at pre-recession levels</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">By The Associated Press </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-21T10:37:02.107-06:00">Updated Aug 21, 2014 10:37AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits tumbled last week and are now at levels consistent with a healthy job market. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for jobless aid fell 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 298,000. The less-volatile four-week moving average rose 4,750 to 300,750. Jobless claims are at levels last seen before the 2007-2009 Great Recession. Here are the states with the biggest increases in applications. No state saw a drop of more than 1,000. The unadjusted d...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583217822014-08-21T10:37:02.107-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-21T10:37:02.107-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58321782@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:37:02 MDT Utah reinforces call for more time in same-sex marriage recognition appeal http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58318294-90/utah-court-sex-case.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58318294-90/utah-court-sex-case.html.csp">Utah reinforces call for more time in same-sex marriage recognition appeal</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Marissa Lang</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-20T22:30:56.467-06:00">Updated Aug 20, 2014 10:30PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah reinforced its argument to a federal appeals court Wednesday in asking for 30 extra days to appeal a judge’s order that the state extend spousal benefits to same-sex couples who married in Utah during a brief window when such unions were legal. Its most recent brief, which more thoroughly fleshes out the state’s argument for why its filing deadline should be moved from Sept. 22 to Oct. 22, acknowledges that the plaintiffs in the case — four gay and lesbian couples — believe they are being ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58318294@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:30:56 MDT UTA fails to report $14.26M in retirement benefits http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58310329-90/benefits-compensation-corrected-difference.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58310329-90/benefits-compensation-corrected-difference.html.csp">UTA fails to report $14.26M in retirement benefits</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lee Davidson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-20T18:07:58.868-06:00">Updated Aug 20, 2014 06:07PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Earlier this year, the Utah Transit Authority officially reported that General Manager Michael Allegra’s total 2013 compensation was $346,249. It turns out that was about $52,000 too low — because UTA had failed to include some retirement-pension benefits. His compensation really was $397,900, including all salary, bonuses, benefits and leave. Allegra was not alone. The UTA erroneously omitted reporting a combined total of $14.26 million in retirement benefits for all its employees — about a thi...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58310329@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:07:58 MDT ACLU opposes time extension in Utah’s same-sex recognition case http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58313106-78/utah-state-court-sex.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58313106-78/utah-state-court-sex.html.csp">ACLU opposes time extension in Utah’s same-sex recognition case</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Marissa Lang</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-19T22:18:58.284-06:00">Updated Aug 19, 2014 10:18PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Four gay and lesbian couples asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to deny Utah extra time to appeal a judge’s order requiring the state to offer spousal benefits to same-sex couples married in Utah. The longer the appeal is dragged out, the couples’ attorney said, the more harm will be done. “There are families who face financial, emotional and dignitary harms every single day [Utah] refuses to recognize their marriages,” wrote John Mejía, counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Uta...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58313106@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:18:58 MDT Utah asks for more time to file in same-sex marriage benefits case http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58310323-78/utah-state-sex-case.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58310323-78/utah-state-sex-case.html.csp">Utah asks for more time to file in same-sex marriage benefits case</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Jessica Miller</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-18T22:17:16.454-06:00">Updated Aug 18, 2014 10:17PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Utah Attorney’s General Office has asked for an extension to file its appeal of a judge’s order that requires the state to offer spousal benefits to same-sex couple who were married in Utah last December. According to a brief filed Monday with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, state attorneys are asking to have until Oct. 22 — a month extension from the previous Sept. 22 deadline set by the court — to file its appeal in the Evans v. Utah case. Attorneys are asking for the extensi...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58310323@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:17:16 MDT Eternal myths about the social safety net http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58284359-82/social-percent-receive-welfare.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58284359-82/social-percent-receive-welfare.html.csp">Eternal myths about the social safety net</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Catherine Rampell</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-16T17:57:02.026-06:00">Updated Aug 16, 2014 05:57PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">“Some of my friends are destitute. Some of them are beggars / But, for me, there’s a subsidy if I spend my whole life preggers.” WASHINGTON • That was one of the more memorable rhymes in an off-Broadway show I saw a few months ago, titled “Greed: A Musical for Our Times.” The revue was primarily populated with covetous, conscience-free bankers, doctors, clergymen and Ponzi schemers. Perhaps for political balance, though, the writer included a ballad about a perma-pregnant welfare queen. J...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58284359@www.sltrib.com Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:57:02 MDT Court sets deadline for Utah’s same-sex recognition filing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58289610-90/utah-state-sex-court.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58289610-90/utah-state-sex-court.html.csp">Court sets deadline for Utah’s same-sex recognition filing</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Marissa Lang</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-12T22:16:52.745-06:00">Updated Aug 12, 2014 10:16PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah has little more than a month to file its appeal of a judge’s order that the state extend spousal benefits to same-sex couples married in Utah during a brief window when such unions were legal. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ordered Utah to file its appeal in the case by Monday, Sept. 22. It’s a relatively quick turnaround for a case that holds more than 1,200 same-sex marriages in the balance. The suit, Evans v. Utah, was brought by four plaintiff couples who married in the ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58289610@www.sltrib.com Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:16:52 MDT Rampell: Eternal myths about the welfare state http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58276586-82/social-welfare-percent-receive.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58276586-82/social-welfare-percent-receive.html.csp">Rampell: Eternal myths about the welfare state</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Catherine Rampell</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-08T15:00:35.986-06:00">Updated Aug 8, 2014 03:00PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">”Some of my friends are destitute. Some of them are beggars / But, for me, there’s a subsidy if I spend my whole life preggers.” WASHINGTON • That was one of the more memorable rhymes in an off-Broadway show I saw a few months ago, titled “Greed: A Musical for Our Times.” The revue was primarily populated with covetous, conscience-free bankers, doctors, clergymen and Ponzi schemers. Perhaps for political balance, though, the writer included a ballad about a perma-pregnant welfare queen. Just “ha...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58276586@www.sltrib.com Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:00:35 MDT Jordan to pay former administrator at least $500,000 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58272075-78/district-jolley-agreement-jordan.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58272075-78/district-jolley-agreement-jordan.html.csp">Jordan to pay former administrator at least $500,000</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By lisa schencker</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-07T22:35:40.006-06:00">Updated Aug 7, 2014 10:35PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Jordan School District will pay its former deputy superintendent a package worth at least half a million dollars, after his full-time employment ended this summer amid threats of a district split. The details were revealed in response to an open records request filed by The Salt Lake Tribune. The Jordan board voted July 22 to buy Burke Jolley out of his contract, which was scheduled to go through June 2015. The district will pay Jolley $193,379 in salary and bonuses over the next 11 months...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58272075@www.sltrib.com Thu, 07 Aug 2014 22:35:40 MDT Letter: Ease, don’t cut, welfare benefits http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58251897-82/welfare-child-cut-ease.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58251897-82/welfare-child-cut-ease.html.csp">Letter: Ease, don’t cut, welfare benefits</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-01T17:24:02.539-06:00">Updated Aug 1, 2014 05:24PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">We need welfare reform. As it is now, if you make a little bit more money, you are cut off. I can’t understand why there isn’t a graduated way to help people get off welfare. Many believe those on welfare don’t want to go off. They are wrong. I know someone who has been on welfare for a few years. Every time she begins to do better, she loses her food stamps and her child gets kicked off Medicaid. Then she can no longer pay her rent, feed her family, or take her child to the doctor. Is t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58251897@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:24:02 MDT Utility experts say solar customers pose a burden http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58233423-90/solar-customers-fee-utility.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58233423-90/solar-customers-fee-utility.html.csp">Utility experts say solar customers pose a burden</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brian Maffly</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T14:43:23.754-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 02:43PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Solar power generated on the roofs of utility customers doesn’t do much to reduce the need to produce electricity at centralized generating stations or ease pressure on Rocky Mountain Power’s (RMP) electrical grid, according to testimony Monday before the Utah Public Service Commission (PSC). Experts for the major Utah utility made these claims to support its proposal to impose a $4.65 monthly “facilities charge” on net metered customers, the small but quickly growing number who generate their ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58233423@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:43:23 MDT Affordable Care Act gives Medicare finances shot in the arm http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58234267-68/medicare-trustees-social-security.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58234267-68/medicare-trustees-social-security.html.csp">Affordable Care Act gives Medicare finances shot in the arm</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Amy Goldstein</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-28T19:50:25.376-06:00">Updated Jul 28, 2014 07:50PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Medicare’s financial stability has been strengthened by the Affordable Care Act and other forces that have been subduing health-care spending, according to a new official forecast that says the fund covering the program’s hospital costs will remain solvent until 2030 - four years later than expected a year ago. The annual report, issued Monday by trustees overseeing the government’s two largest entitlement programs, found little change overall in the finances of Social Security. Ho...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58234267@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:50:25 MDT Crook: Ryan asks, but doesn’t answer, right questions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58232743-82/ryan-assistance-programs-states.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58232743-82/ryan-assistance-programs-states.html.csp">Crook: Ryan asks, but doesn’t answer, right questions</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Clive Crook</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Bloomberg View</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T09:33:39.002-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 09:33AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Rep. Paul Ryan’s discussion paper on “Expanding Opportunity in America” has much to admire. It puts attention where it belongs — on poverty and upward mobility for those at the bottom of the income distribution. It argues for an expanded earned income tax credit, the best way to reduce poverty in work. And it correctly explains what’s wrong with existing federal programs. When it comes to reforming those programs, though, Ryan’s proposal leaves a lot of questions unanswered. The essential challe...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58232743@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:33:39 MDT Bloomberg View: Ryan remembers his anti-poverty roots http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58224006-82/ryan-states-credit-grants.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58224006-82/ryan-states-credit-grants.html.csp">Bloomberg View: Ryan remembers his anti-poverty roots</a></h4>