Last Modified: Friday, June 08, 2012 7:10 PM
I’m 61 years old, and I’ve been working for 45 years. Am I eligible for Social Security retirement?
People can apply for Social Security retirement benefits once they’re 61 years and nine months old.
The Social Security Administration’s age breakdown for the 54 million people nationwide who, at the end of 2010, received Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance benefits:
Under 18 — 6 percent.
18-61 — 15 percent.
62-64 — 10 percent.
65-74 — 37 percent.
75-84 — 23 percent.
85 or older — 10 percent.
The number of recipients in various categories who, based on December 2010 data, live in the 30 ZIP codes in and around Lake Charles:
Retired workers — 21,605.
Disabled workers — 7,455.
Widows, widowers and parents — 5,660.
Spouses — 3,420.
Children — 4,630.
Beneficiaries age 65 or older — 27,100.
Total beneficiaries — 42,770.
Local recipients’ benefit amounts all told exceeded $43.5 million a month at the end of 2010.
If I pull up behind a car that has stopped a car length or so ahead of the stop sign and I’m right at the sign and it’s clear, can I go right after that other car goes or do I have to wait a few seconds?
“The law makes no reference to a vehicle’s position in reference to the stop sign but does refer to a vehicle’s position relative to either the stop line or the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view on approaching traffic ...,” state police Sgt. James Anderson wrote in an email.
“Best practice would be to wait a couple of seconds after the first vehicle enters the intersection in case the driver of the first car suddenly stops. If the driver of the second vehicle follows directly behind the first vehicle, that driver is following too closely.”
He said those extra seconds will allow the second driver time to check again for cross traffic, and for bicyclists and pedestrians.
How much is in the state’s rainy day fund? They’ve taken $200 million out of it.
According to the resolution authorizing the withdrawal of rainy day money, the fund — aka the Budget Stabilization Fund — held $646,129,953.56 on July 1, 2011, the beginning of the current fiscal year.
The resolution, passed to make up for budget shortfalls, ordered the appropriation of $204.7 million for the approaching budget year. According to the measure, lawmakers could have transferred as much as $215 million, or one-third of the fund’s balance.
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