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Wednesday, April 25, 2018  
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April 2018:Student Debt Taxing Your Brain?

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Colleges and universities offering programs that lead to careers in occupations that are relatively high-paying and have low unemployment tend to have lower student loan default rates. Some of the top “low-default occupations” for jobs that typically require an associate’s degree theoretically would be dental hygienists and respiratory therapists.

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Exploring the Labor Market in Amazon HQ2 Finalist Cities

A lot has already been said regarding Amazon and its search for a second headquarters (HQ2). Some argue HQ2 will bring a great benefit to the selected region, with Amazon saying they will invest over $5 billion and hire up to 50,000 employees for HQ2. Others have been more critical, arguing that the cost in the form of tax subsidies may not be worth the benefit gained. Additionally, there has been a lot of comparing the cities competing for HQ2, with front runners including Austin, Washington DC, and Denver, depending on which analysis you read.

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Tax Season “Help-Wanted”

April 17, 2018 is the deadline for Americans to file their individual tax returns for 2017. With the passage of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017, there are significant changes in the federal individual income tax rates and deductions allowed. While those changes will mostly impact American taxpayers when they file tax returns in 2019, it is never too early to start understanding and planning for changes.

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Chmura in the Spotlight

  • Chmura attended the UPCEA conference in Baltimore, MD on March 14 – 16. We co-released a blog with UPCEA on student loan default rates. You can read that in the blog section of this newsletter.
  • Chmura both attended and presented at the NAWB Forum 2018 from March 24—27. We were also across town at the IEDC Federal Forum from March 25—27 in Washington, D.C. Chris Chmura participated in a panel discussion at the NAWB Forum 2018 on healthcare on Monday, March 26. That session was well attended with over 100 participants.

Upcoming Events

  • Chmura will attend three conferences in May 2018.
  • In Hershey, PA from May 16-18, Chmura will attend the PA Workforce Development Association's AnnualEmployment, Training and EducationConference. The conference will focus on the “Journey to the Top.”
  • Chmura will attend the Florida Economic Development Council’s 2018 Annual Conference in Fort Myers, FL from May 21-23. The conference theme is “One Trillion Reasons to Attend.”
  • Finally, from May 29-June 1, Chmura will attend the AIR Forum 2018 in Orlando, FL.



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