Posts tagged ‘recession’

March 8, 2011

Recessions cause more cases of homelessness

Recessions mean more homelessness. Increasing numbers of unemployed people are unable to afford rent, and charities and local governments are unable to keep up. Based on estimates of the depth likely to be reached by the current recession, 1.5 million additional Americans are likely to experience homelessness over the next two years, over and above the number who usually become homeless. However, the worst increases in homelessness can be prevented by providing emergency assistance to help stabilize or re-house people experiencing a housing crisis.

This is a statement that has been released via the national Alliance to End Homelessness as an effort to regain a political status as the transition of presidency is the current view point coming from Washington.

As a Florida resident I’m asking that the efforts that were considered by your staff as stood the 110 congressional sitting, the continuation of homelessness is still a rather important topic of discussion and consideration amongst other Floridians.

Honorable Martinez, I’m asking that due to the fact of a current recession I’m not expecting that the concerns of homelessness become the primary assumed function of your staff however that the threats and presumed considerations be taken more as positions in which we are willing to learn and understand from as we carry forth with the primary functions of an American lifestyle.

Thank You

Aaron Shaw

June 27, 2009

Affordable Housing, Florida Response

Dear Mr. Shaw,

Thank you for your recent email regarding funding for affordable housing in Florida. As your State Representative, I appreciate learning of your concerns.

The fiscal challenges we’re experiencing in Tallahassee are a symptom of a slowing economy nationwide, not just in Florida. We are facing an unprecedented $6.3 billion deficit for next fiscal year and will be forced to make tough decisions regarding Florida’s budget.

Let me be clear – I don’t relish the fact that we are being forced to make these tough decisions, but we were elected to serve in good times and in bad, and we are constitutionally mandated to balance the budget. Unlike the federal government, we cannot spend money that we do not have.

As you are aware, over the last ten years we have appropriated $2.8 billion for affordable housing programs. Unfortunately, with continued decreases in state revenues we do not have the resources to fully fund these programs this fiscal year. After much deliberation and consideration, the House’s budget proposal returns $123 million from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation to General Revenue in order to offset reductions to education, health care and public safety. This is a onetime transfer for the 2009-10 Fiscal Year and funding can be restored for next year. It is critical to understand that even though the House isn’t proposing to fund affordable housing this year, Florida will receiving over $559 million in federal stimulus money for affordable housing programs.

Our reductions to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation are not because we do not recognize the importance of affordable housing programs, but rather because we believe Florida is in a unique position at this time. For example, Florida currently has a surplus of 385,000 unsold homes on the market, which is 20 months of inventory. At a time when home prices are plummeting and there is an abundance of affordable housing, adding new housing can actually exacerbate the State’s economic problem. Home prices have also fallen about 20 percent in the past year, making it more affordable than ever to buy.

There are also federal, state and local housing programs that can help buyers purchase existing homes. In the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit was increase from $7,500 to $8,000 for purchases on or after January 1, 2009, and before December 1, 2009. The Florida House also has legislation this year, House Joint Resolution 97, provides an additional homestead exemption for a homeowner the first time he or she establishes a homestead in Florida.

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your concerns regarding affordable housing funding. As we continue through the budget process I will keep your thoughts in mind. If I may be of assistance to you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Representative Baxter G. Troutman

June 18, 2009

Economic Stimulus Package

Dear Mr. Shaw:

Thank you for contacting me about the economic stimulus package. I appreciate hearing your views.

The American people are hurting. They are losing their homes, their jobs, their businesses and their life savings. Economists across the political spectrum agree that the government needs to take bold and immediate action to stimulate the economy and curb the risk of a protracted economic recession.

I believe that the government has to do something to get us out of this economic tailspin, and doing nothing isn’t an option. I voted for the economic stimulus package because I believe it is narrowly targeted to spend and invest in ways that will get the economy moving again. It invests in our infrastructure, creating badly needed jobs, and provides critical tax relief to businesses and middle-class Americans. It also shores up unemployment benefits and food stamps, provides aid to seniors and disabled veterans, and invests in our children through 21st Century education. The bill improves access to health care, and promotes energy independence.

I’ve read the entire stimulus bill and I believe it will preserve and create millions of good-paying jobs, help States like Florida manage budget shortfalls, and advance our infrastructure to meet modern demands. Congress passed the bill on February 13, and President Obama has now signed it into law.

Unfortunately, there has been a lot of misinformation and inaccurate reporting on this legislation. The stimulus bill does nothing to “socialize” medicine. In fact, it does three things that really help people. First, it lowers the cost of insurance for people who lose their jobs. Second, it gives more money to States to cover medical care for low-income Americans and the uninsured through the Medicaid program. And third, it provides federal funding for the development and use of electronic health records to help doctors and hospitals be more efficient.

Based on what I hear from folks across Florida, it’s clear that we need to fix the problems caused by this economic crisis. But we must take care with taxpayer money. Last year I voted against spending $700 billion to bail out Wall Street because the bill lacked meaningful relief for homeowners facing foreclosure and didn’t include adequate protections for American taxpayers. I remain committed to reducing wasteful spending and improving transparency in Federal funding. And once we have returned to prosperity, I remain equally committed to tackling our burgeoning Federal deficit.

I appreciate your comments as they help me serve you better in the Senate, and I look forward to hearing from you should you have any future concerns.

June 5, 2009

Eating your way to a healthier budget.

I recently asked the question of how much do you and your familiy spend a week on snacks via During this current time in which this recession has people searching high and low for ways to keep money in thier pockets. Could eating habits be a factor to reason with?

As a single man that received Food Stamps for a spell, $137 a month seemed like a lot to live by due to the fact that I’m a gut that loves to eat and will cook my own meals, however, on the other hand i don’t need much to get me by so to speak. Maybe a hambuger here or a couple hotdogs there to get me by the day.

As a family member of a large family growing up however snacks seemed to be the alternative method to pressuading mom to advance in cooking or the simple after school munchies. Snack foods were a necessity that my family needed to stretch the stomach rumble in anticipation of moms Tuesday night fried chicken and johnny-cake dinner.

So What are snack foods?

Cookies, Lil Debbie Cakes, Apples, Oranges, Microwave Pop-Corn, Hot-Potckets, Pop-Tarts, Pizza-bites, and so on. Moms are fitted with the notorious job or having the ability to suit the taste buds of their child with assorted goodies and snacks not only designed to soothe a childs imaginary hunger pains but also as another method to rip of pockets. I could remember Mom spending anywhere from $50-100 a month alone just in these sorts of items and coming home stating that certain of these items were off limits and not to be disturbed. Yeah right mom. I’d say that the snacks at my house even to this day get no mercy. These are the first items opened and tasted for the savory satisfaction of being pleased with the wasted hard earned dollars spent.

These days snacks are everywhere. Fast food chains are becoming to notice that snacking is a trend to reckon with as they now offer items that are inexpensive to them as the dollar seeks revitalizing by fast food franchises. McDonalds fries $1, yogat parfiat $1, mandrin oranges $1, apples pies 2 for $1, ice cream cones $1 . Wendys frosty $1. Sonic $1 ice cream cones, sundaes $1. The list is becoming endless as the method of snacking is sought out to be easy and lacking a monetary value as instant appetitte appeasing is noted as being convient and inexpensive.

Is it.

To be honest I’m still a favorite of the ole’ sit down meal in which in this day and age is losing its appeal as time and morals are over-looked due to the impact of staying employed. Altough these meals are rather cost efficient and money saving due to the fact that what is not eaten just then can be served as left-overs. Mmmmm, leftovers. Theres nothing like left-overs straight out the microwave,espically when its your favorite dish.

Not saying that i don’t enjoy a nice handful of doritos and a fresh tuna fish sandwich with a nice and iceed root beer to accompany. Just not from the Deli shop from down the street that is trying to charge me $4.75 plus tax and tip every time I open the door and say hello. And bag luches tend to give the appeal of having the routine down pack to option to trade with others due to the change of craving in a sudden, we all have had them.

At some point in time, it does seem more price conserving to resort to the left-overs of last nights country fried steak and cream corn dinner over the the $5 footlong rush when the pocket pinching theory is in effect. An increas in wieght or the pleasure of saving money, you decide.

June 4, 2009

Weekly snack allowance!

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