What Gets Measured, Creates Accountability And Gets Done

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What Gets Measured, Creates Accountability And Gets Done

By: Thomas Baskind

No sales force can truly be considered a "best practice" unless it meets the test of measurement. If the 'practice' works, you should be able to visualize, define, and measure the results. There is no easier way to prove the 'measurement' theory than with sales.

In the past 15 years, strategic management has focused more and more on measurement. Strategic management was revolutionized in the early 1990's by Drs. Robert Kaplan (Harvard Business School) and David Norton when they created their measurement system, the 'balanced scorecard'. Other approaches adhere to the same rule of accountability by recognizing some of the weaknesses and vagueness of earlier management approaches.

Measurement provides a clear prescription as to what companies in all areas, from sales to marketing should measure in order to reach their financial goal. You often hear the expression in sales, 'what gets measured gets done', but in recent years I have expanded this statement to, 'what gets measured by the individual, creates accountability and therefore gets done'.

For instance, as a sales manager you may give your sales force a specific sales target, a measurement if you will. At the end of the month or quarter if the sales person did not reach that target, you may question them on it. Chances are you have heard every variable and excuse in the book; 'Our product or service has no name brand recognition', 'Our product was too expensive', 'I cannot get anyone to meet with me'. Giving the sales force a 'target' or a measurement, still leaves a window of accountability. In fact, what gets measured still may not get done.

Measurement alone is not enough to create accountability. You also need a commitment or buy in from the sales person. Commitment is internally motivated while compliance is external. Compliance is following a rule, commitment is something you believe in. If you empower your sales force to create their own set of measurements, they are going to be more motivated to meet them. Often when measurements or targets are instituted and monitored by someone else, the responsibility can easily be diffused to other external forces.

There are various ways to create accountability and commitment in a sales force. For example, in the weekly sales meeting, you can ask your sales person to quantify each and every prospect and opportunity in his or her sales cycle. If they are given a target of X amount, ask them to determine the number of appointments they will need to reach that goal, take it a step further by asking them to determine the amount of calls needed each day and week to make the specified number of appointments. Once they have created their own set of measurements, ask them to rate each prospect. Which ones have a greater chance of closing? Why?

Accountability and ownership is the first step in establishing legitimate return measures. With systematic assessment and ongoing evaluation, an individual can become more and more committed to reaching his or her own personal goals.

Copyright 2005 Thomas Baskind

About The Author

Thomas Baskind is a managing partner in Lexien, a sales performance improvement and management consulting company. Tom works with a wide range of companies helping them improve sales and leadership effectiveness. http://www.lexien.com.

Comments

Perplexed Bob 28.11.2007. 22:31

Why do most people think the government is responsible for the economy? We may be facing a recession, and most people are pointing fingers at the government.
The blame for the recession of 01 keeps getting tossed between Clinton and Bush, when in fact it was caused by a bunch of greedy investors in tech stocks.
The current recession is the fault of greedy bankers trying to make a fast buck in subprime loans.
Why is it that people blame the government for the woes of the private sector?
Mr. Ed
You are absolutely correct. But, the government doesn't have a crystal ball. It must be reactive and not proactive. The government of the USA cannot press regulations without cause. A problem must exist in order for government regulation to pass congress.

Perplexed Bob

Admin 28.11.2007. 22:31

You are right as far as cause is concerned: it's pure human greed. On the other hand, the government has a watchdog role, not to create the economy, but to be sure there is some measure of accountability. The government can favour or restrain some industries. So while the greed of big business is the major cause, the government is not entirely without its role.
EDIT:
Some people feel as well that money the government invests in foreign projects, such as war, could best be used in boosting the economy at home. Others feel the government should make more protectionist laws, or less protectionist laws, depending on their particular philosophy of economics. These things certainly would have an effect on the economy one way or another, but you are still right: human greed is at the root of it.
EDIT again:
I think with the experience of the past century some proactive measures can be called for.

Admin

fusilliryan 11.02.2008. 18:23

What is Barak O'Bama planning on doing regarding education? What is Barak O'Bama planning on doing regarding education if he gets elected?

fusilliryan

Admin 11.02.2008. 18:23

?I don't want to send another generation of American children to failing schools. I don't want that future for my daughters. I don't want that future for your sons. I do not want that future for America.?

? Barack Obama, Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Des Moines, Iowa, November 10, 2007


Early Childhood Education
Zero to Five Plan: Obama's comprehensive "Zero to Five" plan will provide critical support to young children and their parents. Unlike other early childhood education plans, Obama's plan places key emphasis at early care and education for infants, which is essential for children to be ready to enter kindergarten. Obama will create Early Learning Challenge Grants to promote state "zero to five" efforts and help states move toward voluntary, universal pre-school.
Expand Early Head Start and Head Start: Obama will quadruple Early Head Start, increase Head Start funding and improve quality for both.
Affordable, High-Quality Child Care: Obama will also provide affordable and high-quality child care to ease the burden on working families.
K-12
Reform No Child Left Behind: Obama will reform NCLB, which starts by funding the law. Obama believes teachers should not be forced to spend the academic year preparing students to fill in bubbles on standardized tests. He will improve the assessments used to track student progress to measure readiness for college and the workplace and improve student learning in a timely, individualized manner. Obama will also improve NCLB's accountability system so that we are supporting schools that need improvement, rather than punishing them.
Make Math and Science Education a National Priority: Obama will recruit math and science degree graduates to the teaching profession and will support efforts to help these teachers learn from professionals in the field. He will also work to ensure that all children have access to a strong science curriculum at all grade levels.
Address the Dropout Crisis: Obama will address the dropout crisis by passing his legislation to provide funding to school districts to invest in intervention strategies in middle school - strategies such as personal academic plans, teaching teams, parent involvement, mentoring, intensive reading and math instruction, and extended learning time.
Expand High-Quality Afterschool Opportunities: Obama will double funding for the main federal support for afterschool programs, the 21st Century Learning Centers program, to serve one million more children.
Expand Summer Learning Opportunities: Obama's "STEP UP" plan addresses the achievement gap by supporting summer learning opportunities for disadvantaged children through partnerships between local schools and community organizations.
Support College Outreach Programs: Obama supports outreach programs like GEAR UP, TRIO and Upward Bound to encourage more young people from low-income families to consider and prepare for college.
Support English Language Learners: Obama supports transitional bilingual education and will help Limited English Proficient students get ahead by holding schools accountable for making sure these students complete school.
Recruit, Prepare, Retain, and Reward America's Teachers
Recruit Teachers: Obama will create new Teacher Service Scholarships that will cover four years of undergraduate or two years of graduate teacher education, including high-quality alternative programs for mid-career recruits in exchange for teaching for at least four years in a high-need field or location.
Prepare Teachers: Obama will require all schools of education to be accredited. He will also create a voluntary national performance assessment so we can be sure that every new educator is trained and ready to walk into the classroom and start teaching effectively. Obama will also create Teacher Residency Programs that will supply 30,000 exceptionally well-prepared recruits to high-need schools.
Retain Teachers: To support our teachers, Obama's plan will expand mentoring programs that pair experienced teachers with new recruits. He will also provide incentives to give teachers paid common planning time so they can collaborate to share best practices.
Reward Teachers: Obama will promote new and innovative ways to increase teacher pay that are developed with teachers, not imposed on them. Districts will be able to design programs that reward accomplished educators who serve as a mentor to new teachers with a salary increase. Districts can reward teachers who work in underserved places like rural areas and inner cities. And if teachers consistently excel in the classroom, that work can be valued and rewarded as well.
Higher Education
Create the American Opportunity Tax Credit: Obama will make college affordable for all Americans by creating a new American Opportunity Tax Credit. This universal and fully refundable credit will ensure that the first $4,000 of a college education is completely free for most Americans, and will cover two-thirds the cost of tuition at the average public college or university and make community college tuition completely free for most students. Obama will also ensure that the tax credit is available to families at the time of enrollment by using prior year's tax data to deliver the credit when tuition is due.
Simplify the Application Process for Financial Aid: Obama will streamline the financial aid process by eliminating the current federal financial aid application and enabling families to apply simply by checking a box on their tax form, authorizing their tax information to be used, and eliminating the need for a separate application.

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-Kay Mom@work- 05.04.2008. 05:29

What are some tips on how to reach your goals? Plz I realy need help on this one.

-Kay Mom@work-

Admin 05.04.2008. 05:29

try theese:

Successfully executing any personal strategic plan for change requires that as you develop your plan, you effectively incorporate these seven steps for attaining each and every goal.

1. Express your goal in terms of specific events or behaviors.
For a dream to become a goal, it has to be specifically defined in terms of operations, meaning what will be done. When a goal is broken down into steps, it can be managed and pursued much more directly. "Being happy," for example, is neither an event nor a behavior. When you set out to identify a goal, define what you want in clear and specific terms.

2. Express your goal in terms that can be measured.
How else will you be able to determine your level of progress, or even know when you have successfully arrived where you wanted to be? For instance, how much money do you aspire to make?

3. Assign a timeline to your goal.
Once you have determined precisely what it is you want, you must decide on a timeframe for having it. The deadline you've created fosters a sense of urgency or purpose, which in turn will serve as an important motivator, and prevent inertia or procrastination.

4. Choose a goal you can control.
Unlike dreams, which allow you to fantasize about events over which you have no control, goals have to do with aspects of your existence that you control and can therefore manipulate. In identifying your goal, strive for what you can create, not for what you can't.

5. Plan and program a strategy that will get you to your goal.

Pursuing a goal seriously requires that you realistically assess the obstacles and resources involved, and that you create a strategy for navigating that reality. Willpower is unreliable, fickle fuel because it is based on your emotions. Your environment, your schedule and your accountability must be programmed in such a way that all three support you ? long after an emotional high is gone. Life is full of temptations and opportunities to fail. Those temptations and opportunities compete with your more constructive and task-oriented behavior. Without programming, you will find it much harder to stay the course.

6. Define your goal in terms of steps.
Major life changes don't just happen; they happen one step at a time. Steady progress, through well-chosen, realistic, interval steps, produces results in the end. Know what those steps are before you set out.

7. Create accountability for your progress toward your goal.

Without accountability, people are apt to con themselves. If you know precisely what you want, when you want it ? and there are real consequences for not doing the assigned work ? you are much more likely to continue in your pursuit of your goal. Find someone in your circle of family or friends to whom you can be accountable. Make periodic reports on your progress.

hope I helped :)

Admin

San Jose 16.05.2010. 01:27

In creation theory how long was a day to Adam, now a day is longer since we are slowing down? There is proof the earth's day today is longer than thousands of years ago and that the days will continue to get even longer. I keep hearing people saying that in the beginning god created the earth in 7/24 hour days and that can't be true since the days were shorter back then.

San Jose

Admin 16.05.2010. 01:27

Your premise is wrong - Creation is not a theory. The day has been proven over and over by reliable Bible scholars to be a 24 hour day. Sometime do a study in the Hebrew words and you will see that you are in error on your assumpton.

Your question is one of the things skeptics use to avoid their accountability to God in their desperate attempts to prove the Bible wrong. While this may not be your motivation, you are adding fuel to the fire of those who dispute and attempt to disprove the scriptures.

Consider that everything we say will have some bearing on the souls of those in our sphere of influence. The Bible rightly tells us that we are to measure our words carefully. When it comes to eternal matters right knowledge is essential.

Admin

Coach 10.10.2009. 15:00

Are we now experiencing the full extent of the damage of the Reagan Presidency? The destruction of the middle class, a full-frontal assault on public education, the elimination of unions, the creation of an ulta-wealthy super-rich class that is only one percent of the population, but owns over half of all the wealth in this country, a generation of failed maintenance of basic infrastructure.

Coach

Admin 10.10.2009. 15:00

Reagan exploded deficit spending to a point that all (each and every one) of the previous Presidents' deficit spending added up to less than the Reagan deficits. He did it by exploding military spending and slashing taxes, particularly the highest tax bracket which was lowered to 28%. This brought about the conversation to make budget cuts, and the first place the Republicans wanted to cut were social programs, also many of these programs had a relatively small budget, but help a lot of people.

It was the Reagan Administration the published "A Nation at Risk" which if it had been turned in as a high school writing project, would have received a failing grade for its poor research and faulty conclusions. But it was sold the the mainstream media in total, and now public education is suffering under "accountability" measures that find their genesis in ANAR. The weight of standardized tests as the only measure of schools' effectiveness is on its way to crushing the institution. Those who wish to privatize public education are salivating at the opportunity to get their hands on the $800 billion spent annually on public education and for what? To improve education for kids? Yeah right, they want the dollars to line their already over-flowing silk pockets.

The corporate tax structure in this country, the failure to properly regulate virtually everything, has led to the current economic mess and it is being unfairly shouldered by the middle class and the poor in this country while the rich are being bailed out with billions from the government (and then they whine about the bad press when spending $800,000 remodeling a CEO's office). I have no problem with someone earning (that is EARNING) a good living. But what does Stephen Helmsley do to earn $57,000/hour other than make sure that profits come ahead of health care.

And the Minnesota bridge collapse, and the NY steam tunnel blowout are just the tip of the iceberg in the failure to maintain infrastructure. Reports indicate that there are thousands of bridges in immediate need of maintenance.

And to all the others who think that looking back to find the origin of problems is bad, look back to the Lincoln to find the beginning of civil rights for blacks, back to the founding fathers for their foresight in creating a Constitution that has stood the test of time (though Bush, and unfortunately Obama as well in many ways, have decided privacy rights and individual rights aren't important, but corporate rights are).

Admin

sflschiff 03.08.2006. 20:24

How can we compel the federal government to fully fund special education (IDEA), as it mandated itself to do? Array

sflschiff

Admin 03.08.2006. 20:24

Lawsuits against the government. It must be done by the parents. Special education policy already is 99% court cases. IDEA was originally started through parent advocacy and lobbying.

Parents no longer are fighting for their children, especially in Washington, etc. People perceive the Six Principles of IDEA (Zero Reject, LRE, IEPs, Due Process, FAPE, fair assessment), as natural and expected rights. Actually, they were hard-won through political activism taking over a decade (1960's - early 1970's).

With parents no longer throwing heart and soul into getting into the politicians faces regarding funding, etc., the politicians have turned education into a tool for themselves. They talk a pretty talk to get re-elected, then keep funding as low as possible. By scapegoating teachers through overloading them with responsibility for everything about a child (including things out of teacher control like student attendance rates), while not giving them the resources to have a real chance at success, the politicians can keep the public eye away from the fact that they're the ones killing they American education system.

Schools are caught between student need and funding. What is needed for the students to succeed are much lower student to teacher ratio, better teacher training in specific areas of the thirteen categories -- especially methodology for each type of disability, materials and supplies, therapies at child-need schedules rather than funding schedules, etc.

If the government took all the money (tens of millions of dollars) they spend on standardized tests, and put that money back into the classroom, the following could be implemented:
--smaller class sizes/caseloads
--educational assistant for every teacher
--increased professional training in a variety of areas (e.g. regular ed teachers with increased training in ESL and SPED)
--use the excellent teacher preparation programs out there as standards to hold all programs to; there are huge differences in graduates from different univeristies in professional knowledge, etc.
--professional standardized tests are not measuring what they are meant to measure... some wonderful teachers struggle to pass them, while horribly inept people pass just fine. Another point of evidence that all standardized tests measure is whether someone is a good test-taker, NOT the content knowledge or skill levels (so why use them on our students?).
--teacher accountability could be maintained through student portfolios containing work reflecting student gains, with students passing at 80% mastery of content rather than 60%, combined with the annual evaluations already in place; and auditors who do random sampling of portfolios and evaluations to ensure that the content and evidence contained in them aligns with the stated results; it would take much less staff than what is used for standardized testing
--administrator accountability modified to focus on improving the less-competent teachers, rather than an accross-the-board attack on all teachers (which creates burn-out as excellent teachers get the message that they "are never good enough" no matter what they do); student behavior (currently, NCLB penalizes schools with office involvement in behavior problems... the more referrals to the office a school has, the lower it's score for AYP); financial -- how much district money actually makes it into classroom use?; and auditing of records to ensure that administrators aren't just "pushing the paperwork" without actually doing the tasks
--audit current funding, and increase funding to Child Protective Services and the Juvenile Probation Office so that parents can be held fully accountable for attendance, and home environment issues that affect student behaviors, instead of moving accountability for all of it to teachers. CPS and JPO are horribly understaffed and overloaded.

ETC.

Admin

Richard_SM 24.10.2008. 18:36

Do you see the economic mess 8 years of Republican Presidency causes? ? George Bush, Dick Cheney, John McCain - they don't understand economics. Look at the hopeless mess they've got us in.

You have to appreciate Economics - and the interaction between the people, the land, the resources, the money, taxes, and expenditure.

You have to understand the levers that affect the economy. GDP. National debt. Trade. Local economies. Sector economies.

You have to understand the measures that give you information, tell you how people are doing, and measure progress.

This always seems to be a weakness with Republican Presidents. They want to leave everything to the market.

If you don't have traffic regulations - you get BIG accidents.

Richard_SM

Admin 24.10.2008. 18:36

Economics is not an easily understood social science. Finance is not easily understood either. Why else would people buy high and sell low as which happens? The market is climbing - I need to get on board. The market is declining - I need to get out. Yikes!!!!

The very rich almost don't really have to understand economics. They are sufficiently insulated. Take Warren Buffet. He's buying. He can wait. He's in a different class. He is not in danger of becoming homeless.

The truth is that we have been down this path before. Speculators have caused a lot of trouble and they used to be bankrupt. That's what happens when you make foolish decisions. It should be what happens to Wall Street. Why isn't it? Because Wall Street is very much in government.You would have to be a fool to think otherwise.

Henry Paulson is from Wall Street. He is the former head of Goldman Sachs.

The new oversight board - the head of it is from Wall Street. He is from Goldman Sachs.

Regulations are necessary to protect the interests of taxpayers. That's why safeguards exist. It is for accountability and to force people to take responsibility.

I think most people have not really been fortunate enough to spend time with rich people. I have. It's not pretty. They can be very demanding and helpless. They are not what most people make them out to be - job creators. They create jobs when it's in their interest to do so. We used to have a culture that shared the wealth so to speak on its own but that's no longer the case. Now we have a culture of, here's the crumbs - we'll keep the rest. You have big executives taking home millions and millions. We taxpayers are now funding it.

$61 billion from the bail out has gone for executive bonuses. I'm not joking. Look it up. We taxpayers funded huge bonuses for executives that do not deserve it. They have not earned it.

Most people are clueless. I didn't want to believe this but it's true. It makes sense because not everyone is lucky or fortunate to go onto college or graduate from college. If they are then it doesn't mean that they have to take an economics class or if they did that they understood it.

edit: The bank I worked for had to follow CRA and they are still up and running. They are holding steady. They did not engage in high risk loans. They are a conservative institution.
BB&T. Look it up.

Admin

Classified? 11.09.2008. 07:45

Have your perspective towards Obama changed for the better or worse compared to 6 months ago? Array

Classified?

Admin 11.09.2008. 07:45

Much better.

I was pleased to see specifics in his convention speech.

For those who like to pretend Obama is style over substance, he has made far more specific policy pledges than his opponent. In McCain's acceptance speech, he basically repeated George Bush's policies from 2000 and 2004, with no substance, just rhetorical platitudes.

Here are the specifc policy pledges Obama made just in his convention speech:

That's the change we need right now. So let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am President.
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Change means a tax code that doesn't reward the lobbyists who wrote it, but the American workers and small businesses who deserve it.

Unlike John McCain, I will stop giving tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, and I will start giving them to companies that create good jobs right here in America.

I will eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and the start-ups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow.

I will cut taxes - cut taxes - for 95% of all working families. Because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle-class.

And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as President: in ten years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.

Washington's been talking about our oil addiction for the last thirty years, and John McCain has been there for twenty-six of them. In that time, he's said no to higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars, no to investments in renewable energy, no to renewable fuels. And today, we import triple the amount of oil as the day that Senator McCain took office.

Now is the time to end this addiction, and to understand that drilling is a stop-gap measure, not a long-term solution. Not even close.

As President, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. I'll help our auto companies re-tool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America. I'll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars. And I'll invest 150 billion dollars over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy - wind power and solar power and the next generation of biofuels; an investment that will lead to new industries and five million new jobs that pay well and can't ever be outsourced.

America, now is not the time for small plans.

Now is the time to finally meet our moral obligation to provide every child a world-class education, because it will take nothing less to compete in the global economy. Michelle and I are only here tonight because we were given a chance at an education. And I will not settle for an America where some kids don't have that chance. I'll invest in early childhood education. I'll recruit an army of new teachers, and pay them higher salaries and give them more support. And in exchange, I'll ask for higher standards and more accountability. And we will keep our promise to every young American - if you commit to serving your community or your country, we will make sure you can afford a college education.

Now is the time to finally keep the promise of affordable, accessible health care for every single American. If you have health care, my plan will lower your premiums. If you don't, you'll be able to get the same kind of coverage that members of Congress give themselves. And as someone who watched my mother argue with insurance companies while she lay in bed dying of cancer, I will make certain those companies stop discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most.

Now is the time to help families with paid sick days and better family leave, because nobody in America should have to choose between keeping their jobs and caring for a sick child or ailing parent.

Now is the time to change our bankruptcy laws, so that your pensions are protected ahead of CEO bonuses; and the time to protect Social Security for future generations.

And now is the time to keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day's work, because I want my daughters to have exactly the same opportunities as your sons.

Now, many of these plans will cost money, which is why I've laid out how I'll pay for every dime - by closing corporate loopholes and tax havens that don't help America grow. But I will also go through the federal budget, line by line, eliminating programs that no longer work and making the ones we do need work better and cost less - because we cannot meet twenty-first century challenges with a twentieth century bureaucracy.

Admin

Poly_777 06.02.2009. 23:40

Can The Republicans in Senate Speak More Intelligent Thing Than Pork Pork For Obama Urgent Stimulus Package? Array

Poly_777

Admin 06.02.2009. 23:40

I read the Stimulus bill...and I really don't see any pork....no bridge to nowhere that the republicans gave to Alaska...and Palin built the road to nowhere. This is the information....

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Creating Jobs, Cutting Taxes and Investing in Our Country?s Future

The United States is facing its deepest economic crisis since the Great Depression, one that calls for swift, bold action. The goals of this legislation are the same as they have been from day one: to strengthen the economy now and invest in our country?s future.

This legislation will create and save jobs; help state and local governments with their budget shortfalls to prevent deep cuts in basic services such as health, education, and law enforcement; cut taxes for working families and invest in the long-term health of our economy. We do all of this with unprecedented accountability, oversight and transparency so the American people know their money is being invested responsibly.

?The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 combines two essential ingredients needed to bring our economy back to life,? said Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii). ?We will create four million jobs in the near-term, and invest in America?s future by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure for the long-term. In addition, this bill includes more than $301 billion to aid state and local governments as they struggle to meet increasing demand for social services amidst plummeting tax revenues. As we address this crisis, we must never lose sight of our responsibility to avoid wasteful spending by providing strict accountability and oversight measures. We must invest this money quickly, but also wisely.?

?Millions of Americans will get back to work and our economy will get back on track with the job-creating tax cuts and smart investments in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,? said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.). ?Working families will get a financial boost, small businesses will finally catch a break, and the whole country will reap the benefits of a growing green energy sector, revitalized schools, and higher-quality health care. This bill has been carefully crafted to produce meaningful improvements to our economy in the short term, and to improve America?s fiscal strength and stability for the future.?

To accomplish these goals, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides $888 billion in investments and tax cuts. Of this total, $694 billion will enter the economy by the end of Fiscal year 2010, meaning that 78 percent of the monies allocated will reach the American people by September 30, 2010, providing an immediate boost to the overall economy and creating an estimated four million jobs.

The Act provides for the following critical investments:

?Tax cuts for Working Families - $247 billion
?Job-creating Investments in Infrastructure and Science - $165 billion
?Job-creating Investments in Health - $153 billion
?Job-creating Investments in Education and Training - $138 billion
?Job-creating Investments for an Energy Independent America - $82 billion
?Job-creating Tax Cuts for Small Businesses - $21 billion
?Helping Americans Hit Hard by the Economic Crisis - $72 billion
?Law Enforcement, Oversight, Other Programs - $10 billion

Tax Cuts for Working Families include:

- $142 billion in Making Work Pay tax credits will provide ninety-five percent of American workers with up to $500 in extra cash in their paychecks; married couples filing jointly can receive up to $1000 total.
- $15 billion in tax cuts for families will give cash back to parents through an expansion of Earned Income Tax Credit for families with three or more children, additional marriage penalty relief for couples, and increased eligibility for the Refundable Child Tax Credit for lower-income families.
- $4 billion in tax cuts for homeowners will facilitate new home purchases with enhancements to the existing $7,500 homebuyer tax credit.
- $17 billion in one-time payments to seniors, disabled veterans and others will provide an immediately usable payment of $300 to seniors on Social Security, low-income recipients of Supplemental Security Income, disabled veterans and veterans on pensions, Railroad Retirement beneficiaries, and others who may not qualify for the Making Work Pay.
- $70 billion in Alternative Minimum Tax relief will protect 24 million working families from thousands of dollars in additional income taxes for 2009

Job-Creating Investments in Infrastructure and Science include:

Infrastructure Improvements
- $16 billion to repair, renovate and construct public schools in ways that will raise energy efficiency and provide grea

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Poly_777 09.02.2009. 15:07

Adding Huge Tax Cuts to Appease The Republicans! Will This Be The Death Nail For Barack Obama Stimulus Package? Any links for Barack Obama stimulus package concessions to die-hard Republicans appreciated.

Poly_777

Admin 09.02.2009. 15:07

I believe Obama said tonight that he included the tax cuts for the middle class. I think that is different from the Bush tax cuts that were for the rich. There may be some concessions, but not of the magnitude that they want. I think Obama going to the people will a payoff. I intend to make my one call to the only republican in my state who publically came out against The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

This is an email that I received on The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009:

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Creating Jobs, Cutting Taxes and Investing in Our Country?s Future

The United States is facing its deepest economic crisis since the Great Depression, one that calls for swift, bold action. The goals of this legislation are the same as they have been from day one: to strengthen the economy now and invest in our country?s future.

This legislation will create and save jobs; help state and local governments with their budget shortfalls to prevent deep cuts in basic services such as health, education, and law enforcement; cut taxes for working families and invest in the long-term health of our economy. We do all of this with unprecedented accountability, oversight and transparency so the American people know their money is being invested responsibly.

?The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 combines two essential ingredients needed to bring our economy back to life,? said Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii). ?We will create four million jobs in the near-term, and invest in America?s future by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure for the long-term. In addition, this bill includes more than $301 billion to aid state and local governments as they struggle to meet increasing demand for social services amidst plummeting tax revenues. As we address this crisis, we must never lose sight of our responsibility to avoid wasteful spending by providing strict accountability and oversight measures. We must invest this money quickly, but also wisely.?

?Millions of Americans will get back to work and our economy will get back on track with the job-creating tax cuts and smart investments in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,? said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.). ?Working families will get a financial boost, small businesses will finally catch a break, and the whole country will reap the benefits of a growing green energy sector, revitalized schools, and higher-quality health care. This bill has been carefully crafted to produce meaningful improvements to our economy in the short term, and to improve America?s fiscal strength and stability for the future.?

To accomplish these goals, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides $888 billion in investments and tax cuts. Of this total, $694 billion will enter the economy by the end of Fiscal year 2010, meaning that 78 percent of the monies allocated will reach the American people by September 30, 2010, providing an immediate boost to the overall economy and creating an estimated four million jobs.

The Act provides for the following critical investments:

?Tax cuts for Working Families - $247 billion
?Job-creating Investments in Infrastructure and Science - $165 billion
?Job-creating Investments in Health - $153 billion
?Job-creating Investments in Education and Training - $138 billion
?Job-creating Investments for an Energy Independent America - $82 billion
?Job-creating Tax Cuts for Small Businesses - $21 billion
?Helping Americans Hit Hard by the Economic Crisis - $72 billion
?Law Enforcement, Oversight, Other Programs - $10 billion

Tax Cuts for Working Families include:

- $142 billion in Making Work Pay tax credits will provide ninety-five percent of American workers with up to $500 in extra cash in their paychecks; married couples filing jointly can receive up to $1000 total.
- $15 billion in tax cuts for families will give cash back to parents through an expansion of Earned Income Tax Credit for families with three or more children, additional marriage penalty relief for couples, and increased eligibility for the Refundable Child Tax Credit for lower-income families.
- $4 billion in tax cuts for homeowners will facilitate new home purchases with enhancements to the existing $7,500 homebuyer tax credit.
- $17 billion in one-time payments to seniors, disabled veterans and others will provide an immediately usable payment of $300 to seniors on Social Security, low-income recipients of Supplemental Security Income, disabled veterans and veterans on pensions, Railroad Retirement beneficiaries, and others who may not qualify for the Making Work Pay.
- $70 billion in Alternative Minimum Tax relief

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