Congress should include practical, easy improvements to Social Security programs in next CR



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Congress should include practical, easy improvements to Social Security programs in next CR

Recent reports indicate Speaker Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin have reached an agreement to enact a clean Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government funded beyond Sept. 30. A clean CR means the legislation will not have any “poison pills” attached to it, but even clean CRs typically have anomalies or adjustments for each of the federal agencies to deal with practical issues facing the agencies. The Trump administration has been reported to have a list of several anomalies it would like to see included in the CR, and the House and Senate appropriations committees are likely developing lists of possible adjustments to include in the CR.

Congress should add two specific adjustments to the CR to improve the administration of the programs run by the Social Security Administration (SSA). First, Congress should

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Despite improvements, Oklahoma is miles from completing upgrade of roads and bridges | Govt-and-politics

But the program has not been without controversy. Lawmakers have “borrowed” from the fund several times in recent lean years, much to the chagrin of county officials, and some say the program’s rules do not sufficiently take into account differences among counties.

In any event, CIRB is intended for large, high-priority improvements such as bridge replacements, not normal maintenance and operations.

And that normal maintenance and operations can be pretty expensive. While some of those county roads seem pretty lonely, collectively they’re traveled more than 12 million vehicle miles a day.

Texas County, in the Panhandle, has 2,400 miles of county roads. Neighboring Beaver County has more than 2,000.

Even relatively urbanized Tulsa County has more than 700 miles of county roads.

All told, counties get around $300 million a year for road maintenance and operations, which works out to $4,239 a mile — considerably less when the four largest

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Highway 96 improvements will affect Robins Air Force Base

The improvements will stretch for seven miles in Twiggs County in an area that helps connect I-16 and I-75.

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Improvements coming to Highway 96 in Twiggs County thanks to millions of dollars from The U.S. Department of Transportation. The project will have a direct impact on Robins Air Force Base.

Over 24,000 people head to work on Robins Air Force Base every day, so the project, which will widen parts of the highway from two lanes to four lanes, will ease access for people driving to Warner Robins.

The improvements will stretch for seven miles in Twiggs County in an area that helps connect I-16 and I-75.

Dan Rhoades with the 21st Century Partnership in Warner Robins says there are people coming here from all over Georgia every day. For people out in places like Cochran and Jeffersonville, these improvements will make that commute easier and

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Brandon Crawford’s improvements against lefties have been huge for Giants

Brandon Crawford could have been in for a rude awakening this season. For the first time in his 10-year MLB career, the Giants shortstop seemed destined for a platoon role. 

Manager Gabe Kapler doesn’t exactly subscribe to Bruce Bochy’s old-school views. Kapler always is looking for ways to play to the numbers when it comes to his lineup. He’s going to play to the best matchups for his hitters. 

And the numbers said Crawford should sit against left-handed pitching this season. But after an early-season platoon role, Crawford has earned his right as the everyday starter in Kapler’s first season managing in San Francisco. 

“He has proven that he is still a productive offensive player in this league through his work this year,” Kapler said Sunday to reporters after the Giants’ 14-2 win over the A’s, via MLB.com. “I know last year was not a good year for him offensively,

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