A new report finds that 51 of the nation's 100 biggest low-wage employers manipulated their rules to boost executive pay while offering their workers few safeguards against the pandemic and resulting economic meltdown.(Image: Institute for Policy Studies)
Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Wealth

Corporations rigged rules to boost pandemic pay of CEOs

“By inflating executive compensation while their workers struggled during a pandemic, corporate boards have strengthened the case for tax penalties on huge CEO-worker pay gaps.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, May 11, 2021   Dozens…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Evictions

Report shows corporate landlords received public funding yet still kicked out tenants

In Arizona ‘Subsidizing the Spread of Covid’ “Giving ‘Covid relief’ to those most likely to evict is like giving money to stop climate change to oil barons—it makes the problem worse.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer…

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Posted in Analysis COVID Reboot 2021

Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief plan: $400 unemployment boost, $1,400 checks, and billions in additional aid

“Congress should immediately move to pass President-elect Biden’s plan,” said Claire Guzdar of the Groundwork Collaborative. “And we can’t stop there.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, January 14 With less than a week until he…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

McConnell condemned for pushing poison pills in bid to tank $2,000 checks

‘Cynical Gambit’ “Senate Republicans are going to try every conceivable way to try to kill the $2,000 checks.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, December 30, 2020 Shortly after blocking efforts by Sen. Bernie Sanders and…

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Posted in Economy News Restart 2021

Sanders vows to filibuster military budget to force Senate vote on $2,000 checks

‘This Is No Bluff’ “It would be unconscionable, especially after the House did the right thing, for the Senate to simply leave Washington without voting on this.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, December 29, 2020…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

With relief bill signed, Sanders says: Trump get ‘McConnell and his Republican friends’ to stop blocking $2,000 checks

“The House must pass this legislation tomorrow and the Senate must quickly follow suit. Let’s get this done—NOW!” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, December 28, 2020 After President Donald Trump belatedly signed a $900 billion…

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Posted in Evictions News Unemployment

Sanders slams Trump’s intransigence as millions lose unemployment lifeline

‘Unbelievably Cruel’ “People are losing their extended unemployment benefits,” said the senator from Vermont. “They’re going to be evicted from their apartments because the eviction moratorium is ending.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Sunday, December 27,…

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Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020

Trump golfs, tweets election lies as 14 million set to lose unemployment benefits just after Christmas

“The ability of millions of Americans to pay rent and buy groceries hangs in the balance, and Donald Trump spent the day golfing.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Sunday, December 27, 2020 After threatening to blow…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

GOP blocks $2,000 direct payments for struggling Americans

“The House GOP is spending this holiday season trying to block $2,000 survival payments for families struggling to keep food on the table.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, December 24, 2020 On Thursday morning the…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Columns Wade Rathke

Christmas Comes to Congress

by Wade Rathke December 22, 2020 Pearl River    Ahhh…it’s the end of the year when sugarplums are dancing in dreams of Congressional representatives in both houses and on all sides of the aisle. It may…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

Congress passes Covid relief bill: billions in gifts for the wealthy, $600 checks for working class

“You’re getting a one-time $600 check to survive a pandemic, but hey, at least lobbyists can get their three-martini lunches delivered.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, December 22, 2020 In late-night votes just hours after…

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Posted in Analysis Restart 2021

Watered-down Covid relief deal

‘A slap in the face for people suffering across the country’ “Congress must pass this bill to address the immediate need, but let’s be clear: this should be considered a down payment at best.” by Kenny…

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Posted in Economy News Restart 2021

Republican Senator who voted for Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax cut for the rich blocks $1,200 stimulus checks

“Millions are falling into poverty, and Ron Johnson—who loves tax cuts for the rich—is blocking help.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, December 18, 2020, 12:01 pm MST, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, who voted for President…

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Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Coronavirus

McConnell admits direct checks only included to help GOP win in Georgia

“Given that this conversion only came after ‘Kelly and David got hammered,’ no one should be fooled—or let him get away with it.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, December 17, 2020 After opposing another round…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News

Amid mounting progressive pressure, Congressional leaders reportedly planning to include direct payments in relief package

“I will not vote for a Covid package that doesn’t include survival payments and unemployment relief for the American people. It’s a red line,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, December 16,…

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Posted in Columns Evictions Rent Increases Wade Rathke

Rent squeeze

by Wade Rathke December 16, 2020 Atlanta   As the team visits one family after another in apartment complexes in metro Atlanta, after we talk to them about voting, early and by mail, we have been…

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Posted in Economy News Restart 2021

AOC slams House Republicans for spending their time trying to overturn Trump loss while ‘people are starving’

More than half of the House GOP caucus has endorsed a likely doomed-to-fail Texas lawsuit seeking to undo the results of the November presidential election. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, December 11, 2020 After 106…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 News Pro Publica

New bill proposes stopping unemployment agencies that make mistakes from demanding money back

State unemployment agencies have been demanding recipients repay thousands of dollars, even if the agency made the mistake and the money’s already been spent. After ProPublica investigated the practice, legislators are trying to end it. by…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Restart 2021

Bernie mobilizes progressive forces for direct cash stimulus

‘Not $300. Not $600. $1,200 at a Minimum’ “Corporate welfare? Endless amounts of money,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders. “Now when children are going hungry in America and so many families are struggling, suddenly we don’t have…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Economy Unemployment

Surge in layoffs spotlights cruelty of Trump-GOP refusal to boost unemployment benefits

‘Deeply Disturbing’ “The nation’s health and economy are going backwards, not forwards, because Republicans and the leader of their party have spent months doing the very opposite of what is needed.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Safety Net

‘Pandemic profits’ of billionaires could fully fund $3,000 stimulus checks for every person in US

“America’s billionaires could pay for a major Covid relief bill and still not lose a dime of their pre-virus riches.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, December 9 America’s 651 billionaires have gained so much wealth…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Restart 2021

Sanders leads Senate demand for $1,200 stimulus checks over ‘Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card’ for corporations

“The American people need help and they need help now.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, December 9 Rejecting the bipartisan coronavirus relief plan currently under negotiation on Capitol Hill as “totally inadequate,” Sen. Bernie Sanders…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Economy News Unemployment

Trump White House proposes Covid relief plan with $0 weekly unemployment boost

“The president’s proposal starts by cutting the unemployment insurance proposal being discussed by bipartisan members of the House and Senate. That is unacceptable.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, December 9, 2020 The Trump White House…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Evictions

Millions of tenants ‘headed for absolute disaster’ after new year, owing average of nearly $6,000 in rent and utilities

“This is like a Charles Dickens novel. It’s an evolving story of how people at the bottom are suffering.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Tuesday, December 8 Without a coronavirus relief package centered on helping working…

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