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February 27, 2009

Editor's Note
There is legislation afoot that will affect retirement savings and COBRA insurance costs. If nothing else, these programs will produce more paperwork for employers, but employees come out ahead. The COBRA cost savings will mean that many workers who have lost their jobs will not have to give up their health coverage. With the feds footing the bill for 65% of the cost, employers aren't out any extra money; instead taxpayers will pick up the slack. But when it comes to health care, aren't most people willing to give their neighbors a hand?

Meanwhile, we'll sit tight and see where the proposed Automatic IRAs lead us, but if we look back to campaign promises that were made, setting up the Auto IRAs is just the first step toward requiring small business owners to make mandatory contributions for their employees.

Best regards,
Gail Perry, CPA
Managing Editor


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