Editors' picks: The most impactful national financial responsibility stories from 2013

Published: Monday, Dec. 30 2013 3:50 p.m. MST

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M. Spencer Green, Associated Press
In 1910, President William Howard Taft was asked by the New York Times: "How long should a man's vacation be?"

Americans today are likely to laugh at Taft's suggestion of taking two or three months off, as many are trying to squeeze in a mere week of vacation before summer ends. When it comes to taking breaks from the daily grind, Americans aren't doing very much of it.

According to a 2008 study from the Families and Work Institute, a think tank that focuses on the changing work force and family, American employees receive an average of 15 paid vacation days per year. And even when offered it, employees often do not take all of the vacation they are entitled to. Half of the work force took 13 days or less.

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Mom of 8
Hyrum, UT

The list is fine, but the word "impactful" in the headline?
Next let's have a list of the worst made-up words in 2013.

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