Item 1: Minimum wage increase
In case you missed it: the federal minimum wage rose to $6.55 beginning yesterday, July 24. So, for work performed on Thursday and going forward, this is the new minimum wage. Your state may have adjusted the rate also if it is higher than the federal minimum. Your payroll service should have advised you on this already. If you do it yourself, call your accountant. And get a payroll service (you will be happy that you do).
Item 2: Commonwealth Fund Press Release
New York, NY, July 17th, 2008—A new national scorecard from The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System finds that the
In the report, Why Not The Best? Results From The National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance, 2008, the U.S. scored an average of 65 out of a possible 100 across 37 key indicators of health outcomes, quality, access, efficiency, and equity—slightly below the overall score in the 2006 scorecard. The scores compare
Even more troubling, the health system is on the wrong track when it comes to access and affordability. The number of uninsured and underinsured continues to rise. As of 2007, 42 percent of all working age adults were either uninsured or underinsured—up from 35 percent in the four years since 2003.
Item 3: Randy Pausch
Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon professor whose “Last Lecture” has been downloaded millions of times and the resulting book is still on the best seller list, died this morning in a
His lecture is well worth the 75 minutes. Here is the report from CBS News, and here is the link to the lecture. Sit down and watch it with your kids – this one is worth it.