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AZ Governor Ducey Issues Executive Order halting evictions for small businesses and nonprofits

by Meteor Staff April 6, 2020 Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) today issued an Executive Order halting evictions in the state for small businesses and nonprofits that are unable to pay rent due to financial hardship…

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Trump White House weighing tax cut for rich investors as workers and small businesses struggle

‘Smash-and-Grab Economics’ Critics slammed the Trump administration for considering “rewarding vulture capitalists profiting off a crisis.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer As desperate workers, the unemployed, and small businesses struggle to obtain benefits authorized under the…

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Some emergency relief programs open to Arizona artists affected by COVID-19

Editor’s note:  This news story updated Sunday, April 5 by Meteor staff The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect individual artists and arts groups on a local and global scale. Several factors, from event cancellations to temporary…

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“It’s Not Like We Have a Massive Recession or Worse,” says Trump after 10 million lost their jobs in two weeks

“It’s artificial because we turned it off,” Trump said of the economic crisis, a distinction that makes no difference to the millions who have lost their jobs and their health insurance. by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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A pandemic is another terrible time to be poor

Pearl River     There’s no good time to be poor in America.  Not surprisingly, a pandemic bringing rampant disease and deaths in droves is a spectacularly bad time to be poor.  Some are even noticing the poor…

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Trump Admin says millions may have to wait 5 months to receive $1,200 relief check

“That’s not even remotely fast enough for the millions of working people who have seen their hours slashed, their expenses rise, and their government refuse to take sufficient action.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer More than…

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Labor Department to slash paid sick leave amid pandemic

“The Trump administration is robbing workers of the paid sick days and paid leave Congress passed into law for them. That is unconscionable.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Two Democratic members of Congress on Thursday accused…

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With record-shattering unemployment, Sanders, Schumer, and Wyden ask Trump’s Labor Dept: ‘do you have a plan?’

“It is absolutely imperative that the millions of Americans who are eligible for unemployment benefits receive every dollar to which they are entitled as quickly as possible.” by Jon Queally, staff writer Common Dreams Wednesday, April 1…

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Trump throws up roadblock for seniors, people with disabilities in need of $1,200 relief checks, takes down one block to Social Security recipients

“The Trump administration is throwing up an unnecessary barrier that will make it harder for seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans to get the payments they desperately need.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Editor’s update:  At…

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Class and culture clashes

New Orleans    Ok, let’s be clear, everything about the pandemic sucks, alright? For the most part we don’t hate our homes, but we definitely don’t like being told we have to stay at home. Attach…

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These groups are among the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic

by Chen Reis, University of Denver and Lynn Lawry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences March 31 How is the COVID-19 crisis impacting the most vulnerable among us? Tens of millions of Americans fit that…

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How SNAP can help people during hard economic times

by Tracy Roof, University of Richmond A record number of Americans are seeing their hours cut or losing their jobs due to the initial economic repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic. How will millions of newly jobless…

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Reaching out to isolated older adults is essential during coronavirus – here are 7 specific things you can do, just for starters

by Basia Belza, University of Washington; Anita Souza, University of Washington, and Tatiana Sadak, University of Washington Older adults always need social connection, but they need it now more than ever. The novel coronavirus brings with…

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Uber CEO wins lie of the week award on gig workers unemployment

New Orleans      n the Age of Trump, we biscuit cookers get used to hearing disassembling, tall tales, falsehoods, exaggerations, spin, or, not to mince words, lies, on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. These are…

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Tribal leaders face great need and don’t have enough resources to respond to the coronavirus pandemic

Leaders of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska voted to postpone the 85th Annual Tribal Assembly because of the pandemic. Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska by Kirsten Carlson, Wayne State University The…

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Rashida Tlaib proposal calls on US Treasury to fund coronavirus recovery from US Mint

‘Two $1 Trillion Coins’ Tlaib’s “Automatic BOOST Act” calls for a universal payout of $2,000 to everyone in the U.S. and $1,000 a month after that. by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Progressives on Saturday welcomed news…

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What is a deprecesscion?

By Wade Rathke Pearl River   Brothers and sisters, it’s bad. Furthermore, it’s getting worse! Piled on to that, it will get much, much worse, before there’s even a hint of it getting better. A recession…

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