One month remains until all of the Bush-era tax cuts are scheduled to expire, along with Obama stimulus measures like the payroll-tax holiday — just as the government prepares to make deep cuts in federal spending (known as sequestration) that were negotiated as part of a 2011 deal to raise the federal debt ceiling. The Congressional Budget Office has predicted that taking more than $500 billion out of a still lukewarm economy through tax increases and spending cuts would probably put the economy back into recession.
Brandon Perryman made an everlasting mark on Mountain View’s boys basketball team, though it wasn’t by scoring a ton of points or hauling in a pile of rebounds. As a ninth-grader Brandon showed up for the first day of basketball tryouts not quite 5 feet tall. But he made the freshman team, and in the next two years he earned a spot on the junior… ... more