Posted in Analysis Citizen Wealth COVID Reboot 2021

Third round of coronavirus relief checks led to largest monthly rise in household income since 1959

“This is what happens when you opt for investing in working people over trickle-down economics.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, April 30, 2021   The third round of coronavirus relief checks, which have been sent…

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Posted in Analysis Wealth Tax Workers

How Biden’s paid leave proposal would benefit workers, their families and their employers too

by  Joya Misra, University of Massachusetts Amherst Friday, April 30, 2021   Making ends meet when you have a newborn is easier with paid family leave.   John Moore/Getty Images.   The Biden administration is proposing a…

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Posted in Analysis Government Politics

Biden gives Congress his vision to ‘win the 21st century’ – scholars react

President Joe Biden spoke to Congress on April 28, 2021, with a historic duo flanking him: two women, one of them African American. Vice President Kamala Harris called the proceedings to order; Speaker of the House Nancy…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

President Biden signs sweeping $1.9 trillion Covid relief package into law

“This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country and giving people in this nation—working people, middle-class folks, people who built the country—a fighting chance.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, March 11, 2021…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 Restart 2021

‘Stop Nickel and Diming the American people’: Anger grows as Senate Democrats move to deny relief checks to 17 million

“While you’re quibbling over who you want to exclude, people are suffering. SEND THE CHECKS.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer March 5, 2021   The decision by the Senate Democratic leadership and President Joe Biden—for no…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Economy Wade Rathke

No venues, no sales, no money

by Wade Rathke March 1, 2021 New Orleans   One week, we have the southern end of the polar vortex. The next week, it’s spring, while I’m still hacking away at freeze-damaged night-blooming jasmine, bougainvillea, and the…

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Posted in Income Equality News Restart 2021

Majority of US voters want government to invest more in healthcare, education, and fighting poverty

57% of the electorate thinks the government doesn’t spend enough on anti-poverty initiatives, while 56% want to see more investment in education and healthcare. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, February 24, 2021     Lawmakers…

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Posted in Minimum wage News Restart 2021

‘It is not a budget item,’ Democrat Kyrsten Sinema falsely says as she joins Joe Manchin in opposing $15 wage

“She is incorrect. It has a budgetary impact, and it was verified by CBO. Let’s get it done now.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, February 12, 2021 Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Friday joined fellow conservative…

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Posted in Columns Restart 2021 Wade Rathke

More cash transfers, please and pronto

by Wade Rathke February 9, 2021 New Orleans    Way back when the pandemic was over there, and then over here, and the shutdown of peoples’ lives and work began, can you remember in the first…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus

Why opening restaurants is exactly what the Coronavirus wants us to do

Governors continue to open indoor dining and other activities before vaccinations become widespread. Experts warn this could create superspreading playgrounds for dangerous variants and squander our best shot at getting the pandemic under control. by Caroline…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 News Restart 2021

‘Giant first step’: After 14+ hours of votes, Senate approves Covid relief resolution

 With Zero GOP Support “We have the opportunity to give hope to the American people and restore faith in our government by telling them that… we understand the pain that they are experiencing and we are…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 News Politics

Manchin backs fast track process for Covid-19 relief

‘Pressure Works. And He’s Going to Need a Lot More’ The West Virginia senator also said he opposes raising the federal minimum wage to $15, setting up a potential clash with Sen. Bernie Sanders and other…

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Posted in Biden Administration News Republicans Restart 2021

As GOP Senators push smaller Covid-19 relief package, Dem leaders move to advance Biden’s bolder plan

“Congress must pursue a bold and robust course of action. It makes no sense to pinch pennies when so many Americans are struggling,” said the Senate majority leader. by Jessica Corbett, staff write Monday, February 1,…

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Posted in News Restart 2021 Taxes Wealth Tax

‘How about a counter-argument based on fact?’: Warren tells CNBC host over two-cent Wealth Tax criticism

“The wealthiest in this country are paying less in taxes than everyone else,” said the Democratic senator. “If they added a two-cent wealth tax, they’d still be paying less than most of the people in this…

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Posted in Arizona News Unemployment

Unemployment dips in Arizona for December, but jobs are still tight

by Ethan Kispert, Cronkite News   Phoenix, Az .    As COVID-19 pummels away in Arizona, unemployment in the state dipped slightly in December, with the restaurant and entertainment industries continuing to take the hardest hits. The…

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Activists participate in a rally urging the expansion of Social Security benefits in front of the White House on July 13, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Posted in Biden Administration News Social Security

Biden withdraws Trump rule attacking Social Security Disability recipients

“Wonderful news,” said one activist. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, January 28, 2021 Social Security defenders on Thursday celebrated news that the Biden White House has withdrawn a regulation pushed by the Trump administration that,…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

As White House floats skimpier relief bill in bid for GOP support, progressives warn going small would be ‘catastrophic’

“Congress should err on the side of offering generous relief to a larger pool of people, rather than too little.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, January 28, 2021 With the Biden White House reportedly weighing…

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Posted in Analysis Restart 2021

$1.1 trillion Billionaire wealth gain during pandemic could fully fund Biden relief plan for Working class

“We should tax these windfall gains to pay for recovery.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, January 26, 2021 The $1.1 trillion in wealth that America’s billionaires have collectively gained during ten months of pandemic and…

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Posted in Analysis Politics

McConnell caves on filibuster after Democrats Manchin and Sinema reiterate opposition to scrapping ‘Jim Crow relic’

“McConnell engaged in the most blatant, ridiculous act of obstructionism imaginable, and instead of telling him that if he kept it up, they’d take that power from him, key Dems reassured him that they’d never take…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

Budget Chair Sanders dares GOP to criticize him for using reconciliation to ‘protect ordinary people, not just the rich’

“If they want to criticize me for helping to feed children who are hungry or senior citizens in this country who are isolated and alone and don’t have enough food, they can criticize me.” by Jake…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 Safety Net

Susan Collins, supporter of $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for the rich, claims $1,400 survival checks not ‘targeted’ enough

“Susan Collins didn’t care so much about the ‘rich people getting more than they need’ issue when it was massive upper income tax cuts on the table.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, January 25, 2021…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 Interview

“We’ve let the worst happen”: reflecting on 400,000 dead

A much-needed check-in with health care reporter Caroline Chen as we examine the toll COVID-19 has taken on the country and what to expect from a new president. by Logan Jaffe, ProPubica January 23, 2021 In…

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Posted in Biden Administration Columns Wade Rathke

Replacing lead service lines – perfect infrastructure project

by Wade Rathke January 22, 2021 New Orleans    Recently, Social Policy was lucky enough to have fifty contributors offer ideas suggesting priorities for the new Biden administration. There were some amazing recommendations, and we’ll dig…

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Posted in Coronavirus Restart 2021

As Romney says Covid relief bill ‘not well-timed,’ Biden urged to abandon GOP outreach, move swiftly on relief package

“A Republican minority shouldn’t be allowed to hold the nation’s economic recovery and public health hostage.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, January 21 With Covid-19 killing thousands of people each day in the U.S. and…

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