The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 30, 1997 · Page 24
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 24

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, April 30, 1997
Page 24
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D4 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3O, 1997 WASHINGTON THE SAUNA JOURNAL T SOCIAL SECURITY A social change Pay date will change for new Social Security recipients By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Not all senior citizens will get their Social Security payment on the third day of the month anymore. Instead, new retirees, their survivors and disabled people who first become eligible for Social Security this Thursday, May 1, or later will get their benefits on either the second, third or fourth Wednesday of each month, depending on their birthday. For those who were receiving benefits before May 1, the third- of-the-month payment date won't change. Also, people who receive Supplemental Security Income — commonly known as SSI — will still get their benefits on the first of the month. Acting Social Security Commissioner John Callahan said he is phasing in the new payment schedule to prepare for the huge increase in the Social Security Administration's workload expected when baby boomers retire. "As our beneficiary workload climbs from nearly 43.7 million today to 76 million by the year 2025, it is critical for us to change our payment pattern to maintain responsible, high- quality service," Callahan said in his announcement of the change Tuesday. About half of Social Security beneficiaries get checks through the mail and half have the monthly payment — on average $745 — electronically deposited into their bank accounts. New beneficiaries affected by the change — about 2.6 million this year — can still predict when their cash is due. Those with birth dates between the first and 10th of the month will get their benefits on the second Wednesday of each month. Those born between the llth and 20th will always be paid on the third Wednesday, and those with birthdays the 21st through the 31st will get their money on the fourth Wednesday of each month. T FEDERAL BUDGET Congress, White House locked in budget talks By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The White House and Congress cranked up their effort for a budget deal Tuesday, hoping to craft a compromise this week. The two sides discussed savings from smaller cost-of-living increases in Social Security and other benefits. But participants were also battening down for what could be a long year of searching for compromise on balancing the budget by 2002 while cutting taxes. The two sides remained tens of billions of dollars apart over President Clinton's plans for boosting education, children's health care and other domestic programs, and over a GOP drive to pare taxes. Bargainers were discussing new inflation indexes that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has been experimenting with for years, said Democrats following the negotiations who spoke only on condition of anonymity. The new formula could reduce current inflation measures by between 0.25 percent and 0.5 percent, enough to provide tens of billions of dollars for budget bargainers. According to the discussions, lawmakers would not change the cost- of-living measure but merely build into a budget deal an assumption that the bureau would make those changes. T NATIONAL DEBT Growth of national debt takes a pause By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — For only the second time in 16 years, the government plans to pay off a tiny sliver of the national debt this quarter. That won't last, of course. The government will return to its borrowing ways in the summer. But the temporary $65 billion reduction in the $5.21 trillion debt accumulated since the founding of the republic underscores that the annual budget deficit is likely to shrink for the fifth year in a row. And that could make life easier ,for administration and congres- sional negotiators struggling to cut a deal this week to balance the budget by 2002. It means less debt will accumulated and over the next few years, there'll be less interest for taxpayers to shoulder. The deficit in 1996 was $107 billion and as recently as January both the Clinton administration and the Congressional Budget Office projected a 1997 deficit of around $125 billion. They and nearly every other economic forecaster didn't count on the strong 3.8 percent economic growth in the October-December quarter picking up steam in the January- March period. That's produced millions of new jobs and windfall of tax payments. THEATRES For MOVIE Selections and SHOWTIMES Call: 825-91O5 We've gone world wide web! Now Accepting Applications for Enrollment for Summer Day Camp Camp begins May 30 thru August 18 Boys & Girls - 1st thru 6th Monday thru Friday Call or Stop by The Salvation Army 913-823-3441 from 1 pm to 8 pm Monday thru Friday 1137 N. Santa Fe, Salina grade Love Languaj All Its Own It's fluid and eloquent. The Mother and Child' pendant is the most expressive way to celebrate the special bond only you and your family share. Whether you're a new father, child or proud grandparent, let Mother and Child 1 speak for you. Available in three sizes in 14K gold or sterling with matching chains to fit. Also in earrings and ring design. 123 N. Santa Fe Discover Downtown Salina 913-825-0531 our time is as valuable as ours. Well Child Exams 0-23 Years School / Sports Physical Exams Sick Child Visits - Prescriptions Written For Treatment Behavioral Counseling / Parental Support / Teaching School and Sports Physicals Offered $ Jane Peterson Advanced Practice Nurse Over 25 Years Pedianic Experience. 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