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  • Jun 24, 2020 05:45 PM
    Last: 18d

    Over the past couple of weeks I have been having to get out of the house more and more often to run errands and whatnot. And now that business are opening back up and starting to get busy again, I've been noticing a trend of people not wearing face masks.

    I have also seen people wearing face masks, though they pull it down below their nose or down onto their chin while walking through the store. This simply has no effect and you are most definitely not protected at all while wearing a mask this way. If you are going to wear a mask at all, wear it correctly. It takes no extra effort to put the mask on the appropriate way and will not only protect yourself, but others as well.

    I have to say that I understand the confusion and frustration of some. The CDC initially told us that masks won't help. They then said a scarf would be fine. They then said mask help. They then said everyone should be wearing a mask and it's the best thing to do. I assume they initially said masks won't help to not cause hoarders to go out and purchase every mask in sight, but it's still a bit of a sketchy thing to do. Also, I'm of the thought that wearing a mask protects yourself and others, period. With the type of virus it is and how it's transmitted, I just don't understand how one declines to accept that.

    Out of everything I've seen so far, the one thing that bothers me the most is the "Karens" of the world purposely going to stores that require face masks and trying to get in. This obviously forces the employees to say they are not allowed into the store without a face mask and, from what I've seen, offer them one for which they decline. Of course they decline and site a "medical condition" that requires them not to wear a mask. An argument usually ensues while the person records and later uploads it for.... whatever reason. I guess they think they're fighting the system or something? I just don't understand that logic at all.

    Where do you stand on the mask issue? Do you think wearing one should be enforced for the public like some states/counties are now doing?

  • Apr 07, 2020 02:56 PM
    Last: 3mo

    I read that the New York state's unemployment system collapsed today due to the large spike in claims and overuse of the system. Even though they hired for the expected flow and upgraded where they could, they're still having these issues. Makes me wonder what's going on in states that don't have systems up to par with New York. I'd imaging they already had at least a decent infrastructure in place to handle alot of people, but this is unprecedented.

    Not much word on how they're going about fixing it or how this has impacted the wait time just yet, but Gov. Cuomo said, "I get it. I get it. And we have 1,000 people working on it. We have Google working on it. And we have all these experts working on it. They are trying to bring up a system that did a much, much lower capacity."

  • Apr 16, 2020 03:00 PM
    Last: 2d
    JaredS Wrote:

    You Filed Your Taxes On a Third Party Website
    People who filed their 2018 or 2019 taxes on popular third party websites like H&R Block, TurboTax, and Jackson Hewitt, among others, are also reporting that they have not received their stimulus checks yet. This is because these websites have not shared users direct deposit information with the IRS. The IRS has reportedly claimed it has figured out a way to fix this problem and a claim a “significant percentage" of those affected will ultimately get a direct deposit, but hundreds of thousands of Americans who used these tax filing services are still waiting for their checks.

    I know alot of people who fall into this category. I don't know anyone who expected this to be a problem, especially since filing through TurboTax and the others have become so streamlined. It's pretty surprising to me that these programs don't share direct deposit information directly with the IRS. I'd think they would work together on that front by this point.

  • Apr 15, 2020 05:16 PM
    Last: 3mo
    This is ridiculous.. People need these checks more than anything right now. To keep them from going out for any reason, let alone something as unnecessary as a name on them, is insanity. A 2 week hold is going to upset a ton of people, though hopefully direct deposit will be for majority of cases.
  • Apr 09, 2020 08:49 PM
    Last: 2mo

    Thanks for posting this, really helpful info. This is great news for alot of people out there. I heard a story on NPR a few days ago about a self-employed man who has been making and selling pottery at an art supply show in his town for around 17 years. That's been his only form of income and it has now been cut off due to the shelter in place guidelines temporarily closing the art show.

    Out of curiosity, do you know what this means for people like him?

  • Apr 07, 2020 02:56 PM
    Last: 3mo

    I've seen a ton of people talking about how long it's taking to receive their funds right now. Not only from the normal waiting period, but also the flood of people overloading the system. To add to that, it's sounding like it's very difficult to get someone on the phone at the call center if a mistake is made which requires an actual conversation to resolve.

    I read that Michigan is adding more staff (apparently quadrupled) and expanding their hours for it's call center to make up for the large spike in calls and claims. Hopefully this type of thing is happening all over to help the situation. Michigan UIA has promised that everyone who qualifies for benefits will get them asap. They're also backdating applications to the original date of unemployment, rather than the 28-day-after mark as usual. I haven't found too much info on how long it's actually taking to receive the benefits, but I would prepare for a bit longer than normal and make sure your application is correct.

    I've also seen with other states like Georgia that it's taking much longer. The Georgia State Department of Labor said that it's generally taking anywhere from 2-3 weeks for applicants to receive benefits, that is if the application was filled out correctly and there are no other issues holding up the process. A big issue here seems to be double applications creating red flags. Some are filing themselves while not knowing their company has already filed for them. So if you were furloughed you should contact your company to make sure they have done so before you try to file yourself. That will help the process along.

  • Mar 18, 2020 01:58 PM
    Last: 3mo
    Sad to see Bernie go out. I was really hoping to see him become the nominee and eventually take out Trump. I'm a bit worried to see how Biden can handle debating Trump. He's really going to have to be in tip top shape to handle what Trump is going to bring to the table. Not in the way of facts or actual point of views on anything of course.. But in the way that Trump talks over everyone and has the ultimate goal of being the loudest on stage. I hope it doesn't get Biden too frustrated. That's exactly what Trump will be trying to do.
  • Apr 07, 2020 09:31 AM
    Last: 3mo
    MamaBird Wrote:

    When I went onto my account 3/17 It said to reactivate my account so I did. I got payment for 1 week.

    Second week I requested 3/22-3/28. On 3/29. I went to request benefits and said I need to apply, so I did. It also told me to start requesting benefits starting 4/6 for the prior week. I did but it says I am not authorized to receive payment.

    I understand this is hard for everyone but this is ridiculous, I have been unemployed since 3/13. I have been nothing but patient, I tried calling at the designated time today and it just hangs up on me everytime. Why did i have to reactivate and then tell me I need to apply 2 weeks later. I am so lost and frustrated. Now I am back to square one.

    From what it sounds like to me without knowing all of the info of course, is maybe there was a lapse in your applying. I'm almost certain that you have to apply weekly for the benefits, no matter which state you live in. So if you went over the 7-day time period it probably asked you to reactivate your account, which then it would take another week to receive the funds.

    I'm in no way at all blaming it on you, of course. Just offering another look at it to maybe help catch the issue.

    I've also seen that it's very difficult to get someone on the phone at the call centers right now. I'm sure it's extremely frustrating, but hang in there and keep trying. Unfortunately right now there's no alternative. The system is flooded but it will level out soon.

  • Apr 03, 2020 05:29 PM
    Last: 3mo

    Making the census available to enter online is a game changer for what's going on today. I'm sure there are reasons, but I can't think of a good one that should make it so doing it online is not available. And great summery on what the census is for and why it's so important in the long run.

    "The result of the census can determine whether that new school will be built in your community or shut down for good; that pothole riddled road gets repaved or left to deteriorate even further; the hospital is upgraded to meet the demands of the 21st century or consolidated due to lack of resources; and the bridge you hold your breath every time you pass over is rebuilt or left to fall deeper into disrepair. I can go on and on."

  • Mar 29, 2020 03:00 PM
    Last: 3mo

    I think that this is a great option for those who need it. I don't think it'd be the best route to go if you're someone who is just looking to ad a few thousand to their savings account or similar, but I do think it's a good option if it's necessary to keep a checking account afloat for the meantime.

    I'm really, really hopeful that once we have the coronavirus situation under control that things will bounce back greatly. I'm not saying it'll skyrocket, but it will bounce back up. This is just something to keep in mind when messing with your longterm finances.

    There's also the stimulus checks that will be inbound soon. Though I know some are in the situation that require much more cashflow to keep up with their lifestyle. Maybe that's where I can see this come in handy the most. If you're considering pulling cash out of your 401k just as a pillow, that probably isn't a great idea.