Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For February 10, 2017

Year the 16th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, authorizing Congress to levy taxes on income, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1903

In 2015, amount paid by individuals in federal income tax: $1.9 trillion

Amount paid in state and local income taxes: $348 billion

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of workers who said they are stressed at work on a day-to-day basis, according to a survey by staffing firm Accountemps: 52

Percentage of CFOs who acknowledged their teams are stressed: 54

Ranks of heavy workloads and looming deadlines (33 percent), attaining work-life balance (22 percent) and unrealistic expectations of managers (22 percent) on the list of the top worries cited by employees: 1, 2 (tie)

Source: Accountemps.

Aside from finding a new job, percentage of workers who said this year's New Year's resolution is to save more of my pay, up from 38 percent last year, according to a new CareerBuilder survey: 49

Percentage who resolve to be less stressed, up from 28 percent last year: 38

Percentage who aim to get a raise or promotion, up from 26 percent last year: 30


Percentage of adults ages 36 to 51 (Generation X) who say that if they could sign a contract today guaranteeing that they live to see their 100th birthday, they would, according to a study conducted by Ipsos on behalf of MDVIP: 60

Percentage of those who say that they would sign regardless of their physical or mental condition: 11

Percentage who say that they would only do so if they were guaranteed to be in good mental/brain health: 31

Percentage who would only sign if they were guaranteed to be in good physical health: 10

Source: MDVIP.

The average cost of a wedding in 2016, an all-time high, according the results of The Knot's 2016 Real Weddings Study of U.S. brides and grooms married that year: $35,329

On average, percentage of the overall wedding budget that is paid for by the bride's parents: 44

Percentage that is paid by the bride and groom: 42

Percentage paid by the groom's parents: 13

Source: The Knot.

Ranks of saving money, eating healthy and wasting less food on the list of the top three reasons for meal planning, according to a national survey by Peapod and ORC: 1, 2, 3

Source: Peapod.

Percentage of U.S. travelers surveyed who cited a trip within the U.S. as their primary vacation destination for 2017, according to The Travelzoo survey: 60

While affordability was an influence on travel plans, percentage who said they would pay more for their vacation if it meant increased security: 72

Percentage of travelers who agreed that the global economy and stronger dollar make travel to Europe and other destinations outside the U.S. more desirable in 2017: 50

Source: Travelzoo.

Percentage of small businesses that do not have a business succession plan in place, according to a Nationwide survey: 60

Percentage of business owners who simply believe it is not necessary: 47

Percentage of business owners who neglect succession planning because they don't want to give up their life's work: 14

Source: Nationwide.

Percentage of Americans who said they would likely let their kids play a dangerous sport like football, according to a survey by Ipsos conducted following the 2017 Super Bowl: 73

Of those who wouldn't let kid play football, percentage who sited the risk of physical injuries: 69

Percentage who cites the risk of brain injuries: 75

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

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