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Puerto Rico | May 10, 2021

Federal Treasury will distribute $ 4,000 million to the central government and municipalities of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico | May 10, 2021

Washington DC – The federal Department of the Treasury announced today that the state government and municipalities of Puerto Rico will receive in a single installment close to $ 4 billion in funds to help mitigate the fiscal and health emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic . Contrary to the state governments, in Puerto Rico and the other territories the allocation – which is part of the rescue law against the coronavirus, approved in March – will be made in a single payment. State governments will receive half the money now, and the rest in 12 months…

(Excerpts from El Nuevo Dia)

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Delaware | May 10, 2021

DE Approves Paid and Family Medical Leave

Delaware | May 10, 2021

State Sen. Sarah McBride (D-Claymont) introduced the paid family and medical leave bill last week, calling it an important social safety net.

She says she was inspired to fight for these benefits after caring for her late husband Andrew following his cancer diagnosis.

“He needed to focus on his treatment every single day in order to try to save his life and I had to be there in order to help him survive,” McBride said. “We were able to do that because of paid leave benefits.”

McBride says she was lucky to have access to paid leave from her employer, but many Delawareans aren’t as fortunate, leaving some families to choose between their health and putting food on the table.

She says the legislation would create an important safety net for Delawareans, while making the state more attractive to workers and employers.

“This would help Delaware win the competition for talent by providing this benefit and keeping up with the best practices we’re seeing increasingly among employers, but also in more and more states,” she said.

Excerpt from Delaware Public Media.

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Puerto Rico | May 10, 2021

Center for American Progress recommends Joe Biden “an urgent rescue plan for Puerto Rico”

Puerto Rico | May 10, 2021

Washington – According to the Center for American Progress (CAP), President Joe Biden should reactivate the task force on Puerto Rico, reexamine PROMESA , push for a waiver on federal Cabotage Rules and foster a dialogue on the future of political and legal relations between the federal government and the island…

(Excerpts from El Nuevo Dia)

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California | May 10, 2021

Homeless Camps Are Taking Over the West Coast

California | May 10, 2021

Democrat cities have allowed hundreds of homeless encampments to pop up along the West Coast. Homelessness isn’t new to places like San Francisco, L.A., Seattle, Sacramento, and so on. I was in Portland 12 years ago for a comedy gig. The park in front of the club looked like a scene from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video. Today it looks like the Walking Dead. Homeless camps are popping up all over the West Coast and bringing violence, drugs, weapons, and defecation with them. When I was a kid, camping meant fishing and catching toads, not getting shot and stepping in people poop. Los Angeles has seen a 50% increase in homelessness over the last five years. LA’s Venice Beach homeless encampment recently had an explosion and a shooting. The question city officials are asking: where did they find the ammo?..

(Excerpts from PJ Media)

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California | May 9, 2021

California Drops in Population for the First Time in Recorded History

California | May 9, 2021

Following an unprecedented exodus of citizens last year, California saw its population decline for the first time in recorded history.

While the bust of the Gold Rush in the 19th Century couldn’t dissuade people from flocking to paradise on Earth, in 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic, the state was unable to attract enough people to replace those fleeing for the first time ever. Politico reported that California lost a net number of residents totaling more than 180,000 people from January of 2020 to January of this year, or 0.46 percent of its total population.

Numbers released by the state Department of Finance showed that the state’s high cost of living and taxes, along with its embrace of restrictions on liberties and commerce, arguably chased away more people than it would normally attract to replace those people…

(Excerpts from the Western Journal)

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Texas | May 9, 2021

Tick-Tock Goes the Legislative Clock

Texas | May 9, 2021
There are 25 days left in the Texas legislative session.
Texas House of Representatives
  • Convenes at 10 a.m.
  • Will consider 93 bills total, 47 for the first time (CALENDAR)
  • HB 1566 – State Rep. Jim Murphy (R–Houston) – Extends Ch. 313 tax abatements for 10 years
  • HB 4242 – State Rep. Morgan Meyer (R–Dallas) – Extends Ch. 313 tax abatements for two years
  • HB 1632 – State Rep. Geanie Morrison (R–Victoria) – Creates TX Music Incubator Program allowing eligible music venues and music festival promoters to apply for a rebate of mixed beverage gross receipts and sales taxes paid for up to $100K. It has a negative fiscal note of $20M+. Its Senate companion, SB 609 – State Sen. Carol Alvarado (D–Houston), will likely be substituted as it passed the Senate a few weeks ago….

(Excerpts from Texas Scorecard)

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