BENEFITS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/BENEFITS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Op-ed: Hatch, Lee forsake vulnerable Utahns http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57828158-82/hatch-lee-utah-utahns.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57828158-82/hatch-lee-utah-utahns.html.csp">Op-ed: Hatch, Lee forsake vulnerable Utahns</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Isaac Holyoak</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-18T17:47:01.801-06:00">Updated Apr 18, 2014 05:47PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">With a combined 42 years in Washington, D.C., Senators Hatch and Lee are proving that what binds them is neither ideology nor their Utah heritage, but the degree to which Utah’s distance from the capital city has made it easier for them to ignore the Utahns who need them most. Recent votes by Hatch and Lee suggest that the two senators are actively engaged in harming Utahns in matters related to employment opportunities. In the first instance, Hatch and Lee voted against extending benefits to l...</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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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> 57828158@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:47:01 MDT Jill Biden promotes Post-9/11 GI Bill website http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57826650-68/bill-members-service-website.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57826650-68/bill-members-service-website.html.csp">Jill Biden promotes Post-9/11 GI Bill website</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DARLENE SUPERVILLE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-16T08:36:01.88-06:00">Updated Apr 16, 2014 08:36AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Jill Biden is promoting a new website designed to make it easier for service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at thousands of schools and job training programs. “In just a couple easy steps they can figure everything out,” Biden told The Associated Press before a scheduled appearance Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” program to show off the GI Bill Comparison Tool. Using the website, service members can estimate tuition and fees,...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578266502014-04-16T08:36:01.88-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-16T08:36:01.88-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57826650@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:36:01 MDT Op-ed: ‘Marriage penalty’ hurts families who need the most help http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57821796-82/tax-family-marriage-penalty.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57821796-82/tax-family-marriage-penalty.html.csp">Op-ed: ‘Marriage penalty’ hurts families who need the most help</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="2014-04-15T16:31:02.076-06:00">Updated Apr 15, 2014 04:31PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">In a few short months, I’ll pass the milestone that every little girl dreams of: the day she swears — before family and God, in sickness and in health, all in the name of love — that she’s willing to pay a much higher tax rate. Yes, dear readers, this was my last tax day as a single filer. By this time next year, I’ll be married, and the Internal Revenue Service will pool my earnings with those of my husband-to-be. The first dollar of my earnings will be taxed at the same marginal rate as the la...</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> 57821796@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:31:02 MDT Rampell: Who really paid for your Medicare http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57807512-82/paid-medicare-seniors-social.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57807512-82/paid-medicare-seniors-social.html.csp">Rampell: Who really paid for your Medicare</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="2014-04-11T14:14:02.082-06:00">Updated Apr 11, 2014 02:14PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">“Your poorly written editorial is just another WaPo attempt to STEAL seniors’ EARNED benefits.” So read the subject line of one reader’s response to my last column, about how entitlements and other safety-net spending on the middle class are crowding out spending on the poor. The email went on to say: “sorry, spoiled millennial [expletive], but seniors have worked and PAID FOR their SS and Medicare.” I don’t dispute the middle epithet: I am indeed a millennial. And since we millennials like to d...</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> 57807512@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:14:02 MDT Letter: Utah unemployment rate should include those no longer on rolls http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57790776-82/unemployment-utah-percent-3.9.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57790776-82/unemployment-utah-percent-3.9.csp">Letter: Utah unemployment rate should include those no longer on rolls</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-10T10:40:16.981-06:00">Updated Apr 10, 2014 10:40AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah unemployment at 3.9 percent? Whoa, Nelly! (“Utah unemployment rate hits a 5-year low,” Tribune, March 8) Does that include all the folks who were so thoughtfully dropped from the rolls after the congressional refusal to extend benefits to the long-term unemployed after Dec. 31, 2013? I doubt it. So that number of 3.9 percent would seem to be extremely inaccurate, as I would think those folks are still looking for work; just not getting counted as doing so. Re-extend unemployment benefi...</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> 57790776@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:40:16 MDT Sunstein: A cost-benefit analysis of making safer cars http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57794396-82/department-benefits-million-cost.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57794396-82/department-benefits-million-cost.html.csp">Sunstein: A cost-benefit analysis of making safer cars</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Cass R. Sunstein</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Bloomberg View</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-09T01:09:38.704-06:00">Updated Apr 9, 2014 01:09AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Can a federal regulation be worthwhile if its monetized costs exceed its monetized benefits? Consider the Department of Transportation’s decision last week to require rear-visibility cameras in essentially all new cars starting in 2018. The regulation will eventually affect millions of Americans, increasing the safety of these behind their cars, particularly children. Sound good? Here’s the problem: The Department of Transportation projects that the new regulation will cost between $546 million ...</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> 57794396@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 01:09:38 MDT Unemployment benefits bill headed to House http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57790307-79/bill-republicans-senate-unemployment.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57790307-79/bill-republicans-senate-unemployment.html.csp">Unemployment benefits bill headed to House</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVID ESPO</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-08T10:43:31.906-06:00">Updated Apr 8, 2014 10:43AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Election-year legislation to resume long-term jobless benefits is headed to the House, where a small band of dissident Republicans is leaning on Speaker John Boehner to permit a vote on resuming aid to more than 2 million victims of the Great Recession. “As many Americans continue to struggle without benefits, we respectfully request that the House immediately consider this bill or a similar measure,” seven House Republicans wrote Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Mon...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577903072014-04-08T10:43:31.906-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-08T10:43:31.906-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57790307@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:43:31 MDT Senate votes to restore jobless benefits http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57787739-68/senate-boehner-benefits-bill.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57787739-68/senate-boehner-benefits-bill.html.csp">Senate votes to restore jobless benefits</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVID ESPO</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-07T18:42:48.024-06:00">Updated Apr 7, 2014 06:42PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well. Steps are needed “to restore unemployment benefits to struggling Americans,” seven House Republicans wrote Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia. They released their letter as the Senate was bestowing its widely expected appro...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577877392014-04-07T18:42:48.024-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-07T18:42:48.024-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57787739@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:42:48 MDT Senate OKs jobless bill; House prospects slimmer http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57787483-79/senate-bill-benefits-boehner.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57787483-79/senate-bill-benefits-boehner.html.csp">Senate OKs jobless bill; House prospects slimmer</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVID ESPO</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-07T17:56:31.051-06:00">Updated Apr 7, 2014 05:56PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well. Steps are needed “to restore unemployment benefits to struggling Americans,” seven House Republicans wrote Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia. They released their letter as the Senate was bestowing its widely expected appro...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577874832014-04-07T17:56:31.051-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-07T17:56:31.051-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57787483@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:56:31 MDT Letter: Don’t cut federal support for Medicare Advantage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57743373-82/advantage-medicare-coverage-program.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57743373-82/advantage-medicare-coverage-program.html.csp">Letter: Don’t cut federal support for Medicare Advantage</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-30T22:29:07.657-06:00">Updated Mar 30, 2014 10:29PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Because of Obamacare, government subsidies for the Medicare Advantage program were reduced. I have an Advantage plan because it provides additional coverage that isn’t available under traditional Medicare. It is important to me to have access to prescription drug coverage, eye care and other benefits that Advantage plans offer. The price of everything is increasing while my income stays the same, and this concerns me. I am already having a hard time paying bills and buying groceries. If I had 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> 57743373@www.sltrib.com Sun, 30 Mar 2014 22:29:07 MDT As in Utah, feds will recognize Michigan same-sex marriages http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57743365-68/michigan-federal-marriage-sex.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57743365-68/michigan-federal-marriage-sex.html.csp">As in Utah, feds will recognize Michigan same-sex marriages</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ROGER SCHNEIDER and COREY WILLIAMS</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-28T09:43:01.677-06:00">Updated Mar 28, 2014 09:43AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Detroit • Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday extended federal recognition to the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place in Michigan before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold. Holder’s action will enable the government to extend eligibility for federal benefits to the Michigan couples who married Saturday, which means they can file federal taxes jointly, get Social Security benefits for spouses and request legal immigration status for partners, among other benef...</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> 57743365@www.sltrib.com Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:43:01 MDT Names of health plans sow customer confusion http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57718124-68/names-plans-insurance-consumers.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57718124-68/names-plans-insurance-consumers.html.csp">Names of health plans sow customer confusion</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ROBERT PEAR</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-22T21:43:06.133-06:00">Updated Mar 22, 2014 09:43PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • As Americans race to sign up for health insurance in the final days of open enrollment, many consumers and consumer advocates say the names of plans are unhelpful, confusing and in some cases misleading. A number of insurers sell their plans under names like Select, Preferred, Premier, Exclusive, Enhanced, Essential, Essential Plus, Prime, Ultimate and Deluxe. Multiple offerings from one company may have the same benefits and cover the same share of a consumer’s costs, but go by di...</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> 57718124@www.sltrib.com Sat, 22 Mar 2014 21:43:06 MDT Study: 11 percent of long-term unemployed in U.S. find jobs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57707760-79/unemployed-term-job-benefits.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57707760-79/unemployed-term-job-benefits.html.csp">Study: 11 percent of long-term unemployed in U.S. find jobs</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JOSH BOAK</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> AP Economics Writer</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-20T11:32:57.594-06:00">Updated Mar 20, 2014 11:32AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • A new study documents the bleak plight of Americans who have been unemployed for more than six months: Just 11 percent of them, on average, will ever regain steady full-time work. The findings by three Princeton University economists show the extent to which the long-term unemployed have been shunted to the sidelines of the U.S. economy since the Great Recession. The long-term jobless number 3.8 million, or 37 percent of all unemployed Americans. “The long-term unemployed are more t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577077602014-03-20T11:32:57.594-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-20T11:32:57.594-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57707760@www.sltrib.com Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:32:57 MDT Army general reprimanded, fined in sex assault case http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57707122-68/sinclair-military-army-case.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57707122-68/sinclair-military-army-case.html.csp">Army general reprimanded, fined in sex assault case</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MICHAEL BIESECKER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-20T09:03:47.271-06:00">Updated Mar 20, 2014 09:03AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Fort Bragg, N.C. • An Army general who carried on a three-year affair with a captain and had two other inappropriate relationships with subordinates was reprimanded and docked $20,000 in pay Thursday, avoiding jail time in one of the military’s most closely watched courts-martial. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, the former deputy commander of the storied 82nd Airborne Division, was believed to be the highest-ranking U.S. military officer ever court-martialed on sexual assault charges, but earlie...</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> 57707122@www.sltrib.com Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:03:47 MDT Who will Utah autism insurance mandate help, leave out? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57682702-78/autism-utah-health-coverage.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57682702-78/autism-utah-health-coverage.html.csp">Who will Utah autism insurance mandate help, leave out?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By kirsten stewart</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-18T11:32:12.24-06:00">Updated Mar 18, 2014 11:32AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Families of children with autism scored a major victory this legislative session with passage of a bill requiring health insurers to cover autism treatment. Once signed into law, SB57 will prevent “incalculable anguish” for many parents struggling to afford expensive Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy for their kids, said sponsoring Sen. Brian Shiozawa, R-Cottonwood Heights. But not all parents, and not immediately. Only large employer and individual health plans sold or renewed starting...</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> 57682702@www.sltrib.com Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:32:12 MDT Policy expands insurance benefits to same-sex couples http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57682412-68/sex-couples-insurance-plans.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57682412-68/sex-couples-insurance-plans.html.csp">Policy expands insurance benefits to same-sex couples</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-14T12:39:37.358-06:00">Updated Mar 14, 2014 12:39PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Acting to expand health insurance access for same-sex couples, the Obama administration said Friday that plans offering benefits for heterosexual couples must also provide coverage for married couples who are of the same gender. The policy, posted online by the Department of Health and Human Services, takes effect next year and applies to plans offered in the new health insurance exchanges, as well to many — but not all — individual and employer plans offered outside that marketplac...</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> 57682412@www.sltrib.com Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:39:37 MDT Summers: How to help Ukraine http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57658759-82/ukraine-economic-support-political.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57658759-82/ukraine-economic-support-political.html.csp">Summers: How to help Ukraine</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lawrence Summers</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Special to The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-10T11:00:02.585-06:00">Updated Mar 10, 2014 11:00AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Recent events in Ukraine have underscored the need for effective external support for economic and political reform. The international community is finally responding with concrete indications of support. On one level, the situation in Ukraine is unique — a product of the country’s strategically sensitive location between Russia and Europe. On a broader level, however, it is merely the latest example of a phenomenon that recurs all too often. A government that is illegitimate, or at least highly...</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> 57658759@www.sltrib.com Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:00:02 MDT For accused Salt Lake City deputy chief, clock is ticking http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57647561-78/findlay-police-lake-salt.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57647561-78/findlay-police-lake-salt.html.csp">For accused Salt Lake City deputy chief, clock is ticking</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By nate carlisle</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-07T23:11:36.974-06:00">Updated Mar 7, 2014 11:11PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Salt Lake City police are disclosing few details about the harassment allegations against a deputy chief, but the veteran officer may be watching the calendar as his 20-year retirement eligibility date approaches. Deputy Chief Rick Findlay has been on leave since Nov. 8. Police Chief Chris Burbank on Friday issued a statement confirming Findlay is under investigation for allegations he violated Salt Lake City’s harassment policy. “All parties in this matter are governed by confidentiality ru...</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> 57647561@www.sltrib.com Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:11:36 MDT How states fared on unemployment benefits claims http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57641680-79/due-layoffs-construction-fewer.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57641680-79/due-layoffs-construction-fewer.html.csp">How states fared on unemployment benefits claims</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-06T08:30:02.152-06:00">Updated Mar 6, 2014 08:30AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 26,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, which suggests that layoffs remain low and that companies anticipate continued economic growth. Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in applications. The state-level data are for the week ended Feb. 22, one week behind the national level data: States with the biggest increases: Georgia: Up 7,383, due to layoffs in manufacturing, construction, adminis...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-576416802014-03-06T08:30:02.152-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-06T08:30:02.152-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57641680@www.sltrib.com Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:30:02 MDT Letter: Utah should incentivize solar users, not penalize them http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57625693-82/solar-energy-rmp-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57625693-82/solar-energy-rmp-utah.html.csp">Letter: Utah should incentivize solar users, not penalize them</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-05T01:01:03.636-06:00">Updated Mar 5, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Electricity rates should be fair. As a 3-megawatt-hour producer of solar energy annually, I’m happy to pay my share (and already pay $8 monthly service charges). To determine fair, we need to look at all costs and benefits, not just RMP’s. Solar benefit No. 1: RMP ratepayers did not build nor have to maintain or insure my system. Solar benefit No. 2: Solar produces 40 percent of its energy production during peak demand hours, energy that RMP doesn’t have to buy at increased rates and can sell at...</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> 57625693@www.sltrib.com Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:01:03 MDT