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New York | May 11, 2021

Brooklyn businesses say unemployment benefits keeping workers away

New York | May 11, 2021

About two-thirds of Brooklyn’s merchants are having difficulty hiring workers as they seek to ramp up operations following the coronavirus shutdowns — and many are blaming generous federal emergency jobless benefits approved by President Biden for keeping people home, a new survey reveals.

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce poll of 200 small businesses found that 64 percent were having trouble hiring people. A significant 42 percent of respondents cited higher COVID-19 emergency jobless benefits extended through September — including the $300 weekly supplement — as discouraging people from returning to the workforce because the government checks pay as much or more than the city’s $15 minimum wage.

The survey also found that 41 percent of merchants said they couldn’t provide adequate hours to employees as they slowly emerge from the pandemic; 28 percent said employees had moved on to other jobs; 12 percent said workers had safety concerns; 7 percent reported losing contact with former employees and 5 percent cited employee health issues.

Several business owners also said employees cited inadequate access to childcare as hindering a return to work. “While there are a lot of reasons to be excited about the recovery and the future of small businesses in our borough, the reality is significant hiring issues exist right now that we need to address,” said Randy Peers, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce…

(Excerpts from New York Post)

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New York | May 10, 2021

West Point Probed for Allegations It’s Pushing Critical Race Theory on Cadets

New York | May 10, 2021

A U.S. congressman is seeking transparency from West Point Military Academy after hearing complaints regarding elements of critical race theory present in its training curriculum.

Rep. Mike Waltz, a member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to West Point leaders requesting copies of teaching materials provided at West Point after receiving complaints from various families and cadets.

In a phone interview with The College Fix, the Florida Republican explained that many families of West Point cadets come from military or law enforcement backgrounds, saying “they found it incredibly divisive.”..

(Excerpts from the Virginia Star)

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Florida, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas | April 27, 2021

TX and FL Report Fewer COVID Cases Than Locked-Down PA, MI & NY

Florida, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas | April 27, 2021

After President Joe Biden bashed states for their “neanderthal thinking” for lifting COVID restrictions, fully opened Florida and Texas have reported less COVID cases per-capita than Democrat-led lockdown states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York. 

Fox News reports:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was widely criticized by the left after he completely reversed the state’s mandate on March 10 and fully reopened his state. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was also accused of endangering Florida residents when he allowed businesses to fully reopen in September without a mask mandate in place.

While both states managed to keep case positivity rates down and begin the long road to economic recovery, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan — who are still bound to ongoing restrictions — have led the daily increase in COVID-19 cases.

 Together, New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey accounted for 44% of all new infections between March 29 and April 4 with about 197,500 cases out of around 452,000 seen nationwide, data from John Hopkins University show. ..

(Excerpts from Charlie Kirk)

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New York | April 22, 2021

Dow sinks more than 300 points!

New York | April 22, 2021

New York (CNN Business) US stocks are tumbling Thursday over investors’ worries about higher taxes.

All three major indexes are in the red, with the Dow (INDU) down 0.9% — more than 300 points lower. The S&P 500 (SPX) fell 0.8% and the Nasdaq Composite (COMP) tumbled 0.7%.

It’s not surprising that Wall Street doesn’t like higher taxes, particularly when it comes to capital gains — the levy investors pay on realized profits after selling a stock, for example. The Biden administration wants to raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for the pandemic recovery. It has proposed to hike capital gains taxes for those earning more than $1 million annually to 39.6%.

These rates look very different at the moment, with a top federal capital gains tax of only 20%. Individuals earning $200,000 a year and married couples making $250,000 a year also pay an additional 3.8% tax on their capital gains to help fund the Affordable Care Act….

(Excerpts from CNN)

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District of Columbia, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York | April 15, 2021

Democrats to propose plan to expand Supreme Court

District of Columbia, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York | April 15, 2021

Several House Democrats are set to unveil legislation Thursday to expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court.

Supporters of the proposal plan to hold a news conference on the steps of the Supreme Court building. They include U.S. Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and U.S. Reps. Jerry Nadler and Mondaire Jones, both of New York, and Hank Johnson of Georgia.

Given Democrats’ control of the White House and  Senate, the legislation could allow the party to supersede the court’s current conservative majority by “packing” the Court with liberal justices…

(Excerpts From Fox News)

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