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.
Bend siblings Jules Ginsparg, 9, and Leah Ginsparg, 7, flopped down on their bellies to peer into the hollow under a boulder Saturday morning at Shevlin Park. The remains of manzanita buds left under the rock, they learned, suggested that a rodent might have sheltered there recently. Jules and Leah also examined burrows in the grass, looked at animal scat and even studied a paw… ... more