September 28, 2014 |
I don't sleep long enough to do much dreaming, except when I'm on vacation. Which means my experience with nightmares is limited. Many friends tell me that their worst nightmare is appearing in front of an audience naked. High on the list of nightmare scenarios for many home sellers, though, is having no proof they have paid off their mortgages. It may not be the worst real estate nightmare - foreclosure, in a society that puts homeownership at the top of the list of "American dreams," is No. 1, I think, given the experience of the last eight years.
April 30, 2014
AS THE DAYS get longer and sunnier, many of us are inspired to do some spring cleaning. I like to take that tradition and apply it to my financial life. After the tax deadline passes, and everything is fresh in our minds, my husband and I start to talk about revisiting our budget. We update our net worth statement. And he usually shreds financial documents we don't need. But this spring, what I'm going to do for my financial life is inspired by the struggles I'm having in trying to help my mother, who was critically injured in a fire at her home.
January 15, 2014 |
THERE'S A SPECIAL place in hell for the people whose bureaucratic BS put Meredith Gill in the middle of busy John F. Kennedy Boulevard in a broken wheelchair. Gill, a quadriplegic, was crossing the boulevard earlier this month when her motorized wheelchair suddenly stopped. Luckily she had the green light, so she was able to lurch it back to life long enough to get to the sidewalk. By the time she got to her job at Hahnemann University Hospital, with her chair jolting to a stop every few feet, Gill was in tears.
May 3, 2013 |
One year ago this week, Pennsylvania tied eligibility for food stamps to the assets people possess. Since then, nearly 4,000 households have lost or were denied benefits because they had too many financial resources, according to the Department of Public Welfare. In that same time, many more people - around 111,000 households - were denied benefits because they failed to provide proper documentation for the asset test. Advocates for the poor now say that by weeding out a relatively small number of people with too many assets, the Department of Public Welfare made getting food stamps so complicated that deserving low-income people became inundated by paperwork and lost their benefits.
April 16, 2013 |
The phone was ringing off the hook when the H&R Block office in the shopping center at 23rd and Oregon in South Philadelphia opened Monday - Tax Day - and the last-minute filers began streaming in, waving their paperwork and hoping the pros could make things as painless as possible. Denise Evans, a bus driver clutching her pay stubs and Form 1040-A, said she had tried to avoid paying extra for her taxes: "I thought I could do this on my own this year," she said. "I looked it up on You Tube.
April 6, 2013 |
It was supposed to be a festive celebration at Philadelphia International Airport's Terminal A East on Thursday, with greetings from Mayor Nutter, an Elvis impersonator, and cowboy hats for everyone as Spirit Airlines began nonstop service to Dallas-Fort Worth. It didn't quite turn out that way, though, because of Federal Aviation Administration paperwork. Chalk it up to the federal budget sequester? Spirit, known for its low fares and add-on fees for such things as carry-on baggage, has been around for 25 years, and it has inaugurated service at dozens of airports.
January 14, 2013 |
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare this month launched an unprecedented Medicaid audit at 75 nursing homes in Southeastern Pennsylvania as part of a campaign to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse. Industry executives and others, who say long-term care centers already undergo frequent audits, said they were not worried about the possible discovery of expensive errors. But they dread the logistics of preparing four years of Medicaid billing records for 100 percent review - while puzzling over how much money the DPW expects to recover from improper bills.
November 16, 2012 |
IN ADDITION to charges that he's facing in an alleged spree of 16 armed robberies of Northeast Philadelphia pharmacies, a 29-year-old man also will be charged with falsifying paperwork in trying to buy a gun in September, the District Attorney's Office said Thursday. Edward Schaeffer was arrested along with William Webb, 50, Monday night after police said the pair robbed a Rite Aid in Rhawnhurst and were tracked back to a house in Tacony via a GPS device in one of the pill bottles they allegedly stole.
August 17, 2012 |
After living illegally in the United States for almost a decade, 19-year-old college student Sheila Quintana has the prize in her sights: a Social Security number. "Having a nine-digit number doesn't make you a better person," said Quintana, of West Chester. "But it does make life easier. " On Wednesday, the federal government embarked on a new, and fervidly debated, program that allows young undocumented immigrants to work legally in this country, providing they meet certain criteria.