Cost of living

Members of Congress walk down the steps of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

House lawmakers vote to block their pay hike

WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers voted for the sixth year in a row on Thursday to deny themselves the cost-of-living pay hike that they would otherwise automatically receive next January. The move would freeze congressional […]

05/01/2014

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Obama drops budget cost-of-living trims

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama’s upcoming budget proposal will not include his past offer to accept lowered cost-of-living increases in Social Security and other benefit programs. Those had been a […]

02/20/2014

This undated handout image provided by the Social Security Administration shows a prepaid MasterCard debit card that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income recipients who do not have bank accounts have the option of getting with their benefits instead of a paper check. (AP Photo/Social Security Administration)

Social Security benefits to go up by 1.5 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security benefits for nearly 58 million people will increase by 1.5 percent next year, the government announced Wednesday. The increase is among the smallest since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975. […]

10/30/2013

Social Security card

Social Security raise to be among lowest in years

WASHINGTON (AP) – For the second straight year, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect historically small increases in their benefits come January. Preliminary figures suggest a benefit increase of […]

10/13/2013

The U.S. Supreme Court building. (AP Photo)

Court won’t stop judges from getting raises

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t stop some federal judges from getting cost-of-living increases promised to them by Congress but never paid, a move that could end up increasing the salaries of all federal judges.

04/22/2013

Atlanta to San Diego: 7 cities’ pension problems

The Associated Press recaps seven cities with pension problems.

01/02/2013

Medicare premiums going up $5 a month for 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) – Medicare premiums are going up $5 a month in 2013, the government said Friday. It’s less than expected, but still enough to eat up about one-fourth of a typical retiree’s cost-of-living raise […]

11/16/2012

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