1.1 200 OK Server: nginx Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8 X-Powered-By: PHP/5.3.2-1ubuntu4.7ppa5~lucid1 Cache-Control: max-age=600 Transfer-Encoding: chunked Date: Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:10:07 GMT X-Varnish: 2112032476 2110969526 Age: 39992 Via: 1.1 varnish Connection: keep-alive Vary: User-Agent X-Cache: HIT X-Cache-Hits: 1 Budgeting help available in SD this holiday season; counselors assist with shopping-list plans

Strapped holiday shoppers can get budgeting help this season from Lutheran Social Services.

The organization's Center for Financial Resources is offering private sessions for individual consumers and group classes about shopping-list planning and pinching pennies on gifts. Counselors at the center are available for the season, but they can also help residents balance daily expenses.

The service can help shoppers meet priorities while avoiding the emotional turmoil that can come with holiday spending, according to LSS.

For more information, call the center at 605-330-2700.



From the ABC, here is the audio of the this mornings leak that the MYEFO will cut its iron ore forecast to$60. And the text:

CHRIS UHLMANN: But first this morning, the final parliamentary week of a torrid political year is likely to be even more combative in the wake of the Coalitions Victorian election loss.

And it could be a fruitless one for the Government, with confusion over what bits of its unfinished Senate business will be settled.

Its also under pressure over Defence pay rates, but argues repairing the budget means it has no choice but to limit its offer to serving men and women.

But as proof that bad news comes in legions, a report out today by Deloitte Access Economics says budget deficits are going to get worse by $35 billion over the next four years.

And this morning, a senior Coalition source has told AM the figures will be even worse than Deloitte says.

For more, Im joined by political reporter, James Glenday and James, how much worse?

JAMES GLENDAY: Well, $2-3 billion a year worse. Now, thats based on information weve received this morning about the iron ore price.

A senior government source has told us the iron ore price is going to be written down to around $60 a tonne in the mid-year update. Thats roughly 40 per cent lower than in the budget.

Now, I got Chris Richardson from Deloitte Access Economics to quickly work out what that would mean in terms of revenue write downs in the mid year update.

CHRIS RICHARSON: That would carve about an extra $3 billion a year out of the budget. Two billion this year and rising to 3 billion each year thereafter.

We have the economy across the current four years, scraping about an extra $25 billion out of the budget outlook; that would raise it to about $36 billion over those four years.

JAMES GLENDAY: So thats just revenue; now when Chris Richardson factors in policy promises too, hes found the budget bottom line could be roughly $47 billion worse off in total over the next four years. 

CHRIS UHLMANN: So James, theres been speculation about fresh cuts in the mid-year budget update, but that doesnt seem likely now, does it?

JAMES GLENDAY: No, this same source says that the Abbott government is and I quote determined Australians will have a good Christmas and there will be no new cuts or tax increases in the mid-year budget.

Essentially its not a mini budget, and senior ministers, particularly in the finance and treasury portfolios have hinted at this before.

This source also expressed extreme frustration at the Opposition this morning for not understanding that the budget bottom line needs repair, but of course, massive revenue write downs in iron ore in particular was a problem faced by Wayne Swan in the former government and at the time, the Coalition ridiculed Labor for their forecasts.

CHRIS UHLMANN: Thanks James and have a good Christmas.



Yuma County officials will begin putting together a long-term financial plan after the Board of Supervisors gave its blessing to the idea during a work session Monday.

County Administrator Robert Pickels told the board this method of budgeting looks to elected officials and their constituents to set the spending priorities, rather than having staffers make pitches for their own departments to county leadership every year.