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Update: California’s Homeowners Insurance Reforms — What do Voters Think?

California’s Consumer Watchdog commissioned a poll on what voters think about the homeowners insurance reforms proposed by California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara. The commissioner wants to let insurers set rates based on catastrophe risk models and to consider reinsurance costs. The tradeoff is that insurers will return to wildfire risk zones with 85% of their …

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Best States to Begin a Business — Four are PIA Western Alliance States

Some states make it much easier to start a new business than others. Four of the easiest states are PIA Western Alliance states. They are Nevada, Montana, Idaho and Arizona. They rank — in order — 1, 4, 8 and 9. Most businesses start small. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) said it costs about …

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Around the PIA Western Alliance States – Week of November 13, 2023

Idaho — Open Enrollment for 2024 health insurance is open through December 15, 2023: The open enrollment deadline for Idahoans purchasing or changing their individual health coverage for 2024 is December 15, 2023. With rates for health insurance decreasing on average for 2024, Idahoans are encouraged to make sure they are taking full advantage of …

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Moody’s Drops U.S. Ratings from Stable to Negative

On Friday of last week, Moody’s Investors Service dropped the United States government’s ratings outlook from stable to negative. The decision — Moody’s said — is because of rising risks to the country’s fiscal strength. Or — put in different terms — polarization over stable funding for the U.S. government is driving the decision. “Recently, …

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