Category Archives: 2012 COLA Watch

Social Security Press Release – 2012 COLA

Press Release Wednesday, October 19, 2011 Press Office Social Security Announces 3.6 Percent Benefit Increase for 2012 Cost-of-Living Adjustment is First Since 2009 Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 60 million Americans will increase … Continue reading

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USA Today Announces SSA COLA To Be 3.6% In January.

From USA Today, t0 minutes ago (about 5:50 AM): WASHINGTON – Some 55 million Social Security recipients will get a 3.6% increase in benefits next year, their first raise since 2009. The increase was announced Wednesday when the government released … Continue reading

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2012 COLA Watch – September CPI-W Released – Amount of 2012 COLA Now Determinable

The Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics has just released the September CPI-W amount.  It is 223.688, an increase of 0.2%, which is a little less than I was expecting. SSA determines its COLAs by taking the average of … Continue reading

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2012 COLA Watch – Preliminary Information – July Through September Food Prices

The American Farm Bureau Federation, a private organization which refers to itself as “the Voice of Agriculture,” publishes a quarterly Market Basket Survey of 16 common items which are very commonly purchased. You can see them below. They always use … Continue reading

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2012 COLA Watch – Preliminary Information – September Gasoline Price Decrease – A Little Perspective

Repeat from original post: The national average price for regular gasoline decreased at a more or less continuous rate in September, from $3.647 on September 1st down to $3.433 on September 30. This is a decrease of $0.214 for the … Continue reading

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2012 COLA Watch – Preliminary Information – September Gasoline Price Decrease

The national average price for regular gasoline decreased at a more or less continuous rate in September, from $3.647 on September 1st down to $3.433 on September 30. This is a decrease of $0.214 for the month. In August the … Continue reading

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The Legal Basis For SSA’s Cost Of Living Increase

We have received quite a few comments to the effect that President Obama will find some way to deny or reduce whatever COLA is paid, or that he was somehow responsible for there being no COLA the last two years. … Continue reading

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