Social Security Recipients to See Record-Low Increase to Benefits in 2014

For the second consecutive year, Social Security beneficiaries will see their benefits increase by under 2%.  The annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) of 1.5% for 2014 was announced today, the smallest increase ever since the automatic adjustment system was first established nearly 40 years ago.  This COLA increase is slightly lower than the 1.7% increase implemented for 2013, and an average recipient should expect to receive an additional $19 per month under this increase.

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The Social Security Disability System is Broken

It's been known for some time that the Social Security Disability program is severely flawed and is in need of a major overhaul if the system is to remain financially viable and survive into the future.  But for a very thorough - and at times, disturbing - look at just how flawed this system has become, I suggest watching this piece from 60 Minutes that aired last weekend.  It's only 13 minutes long, give it a look...

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Creve Coeur Red-Light Cameras To Stay in Operation

The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Missouri released an opinion today holding that red light cameras in Creve Coeur are legally sound, stating that they are "a valid exercise of a city's police power".  This ruling upholds the City's victory before Circuit Court Judge Vincent, and undoubtedly stacks the precedent even more in the favor of companies that own and operate these devices.  We will report more on this issue as other similar cases proceed, but expect more of the same from our appellate courts.

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