BTB 11-13

by Taylor Derrisaw | Nov. 23, 2014

Supreme Court to Make Obamacare Rulings

On Friday, November 7, the Supreme Court decided to hear the argument of a new challenger to Obama’s healthcare law, according to the USA Today. Currently, there are four lawsuits against Obamacare aimed at the way in which the law organizes subsidies.

Under the current healthcare law, states are responsible for determining how subsidies to health care programs are allocated. According to USA Today, opponents suggest that over two-thirds of the subsidies are applied by the federal government, not the states. If the lawsuits are upheld, the whole legislation could go up in flames...

The Last Door - Pixelated Intrigue

by Jake Krajewski | Nov. 19, 2014

A review of the first chapter of a publicly-funded point-and-click mystery game that shows powerful graphics aren't necessary to put a player on -edge.

Album Review: Time to Die by Electirc Wizard

by Alexander Jones | Nov. 19, 2014

"Marijuana burns inside my crypt / High up here I don't need to take your shit."

No Votes From Me

by Gino Fanelli | Nov. 19, 2014

Your vote: now more meaningless than ever!

RIT's MAGIC Center's Innovations

by Maria Ijaz | Nov. 19, 2014

A look at the newest concepts created and soon to be created by the MAGIC center’s collaborators and partners.

Kolbee McCrea Says Farewell to RIT Hockey

by Alexander Jones | Nov. 18, 2014

Kolbee McCrea, a fourth year women's hockey player who is playing her last season, sat down with Reporter to talk about the team.

Beyond the Bricks 11/8

by Dominique Hessert | Nov. 14, 2014

Teen found guilty for attempted shooting, boys captured and beaten by ISIS and the country shifts red.

A Fresh Start for the ACA

by Abigail Frawley | Nov. 13, 2014

ACA rebranding hopes to shed new light on issues


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National Poverty Guideline for one person in the continental United States in 2014
Annual Salary: $11,670
Per month: $972.5

The National Poverty Guideline, also referred to as the poverty line, this is the income level you must maintain to not be considered in poverty in the US.

Self Sufficiency Standard (SSS) for one person in Monroe County, NY 2010
Annual Salary: $20,042
Per month: $1,670

The SSS was calculated for each of the counties within New York State by a committee charged with the task. Based on credible sources, multiple categories of household costs and standard methodology, the SSS was intended to provide a measure of the minimum income required in order for a household to pay for all of its needs without relying on any assistance from the government or others.

SSS estimated monthly costs for a single person living in Monroe County in 2010 as follows:
Housing: $672
Food: $215
Transportation: $261
Health Care: $147
Miscellaneous: $130
Taxes including tax credits: $245

The Miscellaneous section is for other essentials such as toiletries, cleaning products, clothes, shoes, telephone service, and household items; not recreation, debt repayment, or savings. This expense is calculated as 10% of other accounted for expenses before taxes.

Taxes are based on the assumption that you are making a wage matching that of the SSS.

Overall, these costs may vary for you, for instance, if you do not have a car or if you are still on your parent’s health insurance. In addition, it does not account for the cost of paying for college. Nonetheless, this sample budget provides an outline on what expenses the average person needs to cover and provides a point of comparison for where your budget may stand.

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