Capitol Comments

The recently agreed upon debt ceiling deal which aims to cut nearly $2 trillion in spending will affect graduate students who have chosen to fund their higher education through federal student loans.

Among the many strategies of employers seeking employees is a growing tactic used in their help wanted classified ads indicating a requirement that the applicant be “currently or recently employed” thus disqualifying millions of qualified applicants who were laid off when the recession began in 2008.

A recent story on multiple news outlets report a Texas man claimed a $300,000 McMansion for a mere $16 through an obscure property law concept called adverse possession.  The Texas resident, Kenneth Robinson, simply paid a $16 filing fee at the local courthouse and immediately moved into the foreclosed property.  Under Texas law, if he manages to stay in the property for three years, he will be granted title to the house and be its rightful owner.

On Thursday, Missouri became the latest state to join the Health Care Compact after the legislation became law without signature after Missouri Governor Jay Nixon allowed the bill to exceed the signing deadline.

After the nearly $100 billion from the federal stimulus funding ended June 30, some states have chosen to cut back its Medicaid payments to help alleviate budget concerns.  This month, fifteen states will begin to cut Medicaid funding to its doctors and hospitals in an effort to curb the ever-increasing costs of the state-administered program generally available only to low-income and disabled individuals and certain eligibility groups.