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April 2024

President, Tony Pizza,

In March, in addition to the great pork loin lunch, we had a presentation. The topic was about what kind of care assistance you or family member might need in the future. It’s best to plan ahead. In addition to aging issues, a sudden health incident, like an accident or stroke, can leave you scrambling to learn and decide on a source that suits the situation. The presentation was by representatives of The Assisted Living Specialist, Neil Kogan and Dale Shagrin. They can provide an obligation-free assessment of your assisted living and dementia care alternatives, at no charge to you. (They receive payment from the care places.) For more info,, or call 866-952-2734 for a 30 minute Virtual or In-Person Assessment.

Finally, a long overdue action nearly six months into the 2024 budget year, and many continuing resolutions, a 1.2 TRILLION dollar budget bill was passed. That will push any threats of a government shutdown to the fall, when I suspect the same circus will start again.

NARFE-PAC, Why should members contribute? NARFE-PAC helps defend YOUR earned pay and benefits by: Electing members of Congress who support the federal community; Building strong relationships with lawmakers; Helping our supporters rise to leadership positions, and influence the legislative agenda,

For 2025, the White House is pushing for a more modest 2% federal pay raise for federal employees on the General Schedule, and although not reported for retirees, probably a similar COLA. If enacted, most civilian federal employees would see the boost to their paychecks starting in the first full pay period of January 2025.

The percentage adjustment would be the smallest pay raise since President Joe Biden took office. Federal employees received raises of 5.2%4.6% and 2.7%, in 2024, 2023 and 2022, respectively.

The Biden administration said it opted for the smaller raise proposal for 2025 due to financial constraints agencies are expected to face over the next fiscal year.

Fast food workers’ pay has now increased to $20 an hour. Companies say they will have to raise prices or cut employees. I think McDonald’s has done so before the wage increase. I don’t have to tell you how much everything has gone up. Inflation has been lessening, but prices are not going down, and probable wont.

In the Beatles’ song Eleanor Rigby, there’s a line “Father McKenzie, Writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear”. I hope that’s not the case with our newsletter. Maybe not every article is profound, but interesting I hope I’m not Father McKenzie..

Tax season has ended, and we hope there’s no audit. A nervous taxpayer was unhappily conversing with the IRS auditor who was reviewing his records. At one point the auditor said, "We feel it is a great privilege to be allowed to live and work in the USA. As a citizen you have an obligation to pay taxes, and we expect you to eagerly pay them with a smile." "Thank God," returned the taxpayer. "I thought you were going to want cash.”