Working & The Economy

As utilities spend billions on transmission, support builds for independent monitoring

BY: - November 18, 2022

An aging electric grid, fossil fuel power plant retirements, and a massive renewable electricity buildout are all contributing to a boom in transmission and distribution wire projects by electric utilities across the country. In 2020, investor-owned electric utilities spent $25 billion on transmission, up from $23.7 billion in 2019, figures that the Edison Electric Institute, which […]

Six GOP-led states win national injunction against Biden student debt relief plan

BY: - November 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Monday issued a nationwide injunction indefinitely blocking the Biden administration’s student debt relief program in response to a challenge by six GOP-led states. The unanimous ruling by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis came after the six states — Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas and South Carolina […]

Amid major federal investment in electric cars, it’s time for states to step up, advocates say

BY: - November 14, 2022

For years, electric vehicles posed something of a chicken-and-egg problem. Mass adoption, seen as critical to cutting the largest single source of U.S. carbon emissions, couldn’t happen until the infrastructure to allow drivers to recharge wherever they were heading was in place. And those charging stations weren’t coming until more drivers switched to plug-in electric vehicles. That’s […]

Biden student debt relief plan thrown out by Texas judge; new applications halted

BY: - November 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Late Thursday a federal judge in Texas struck down the Biden administration’s student debt relief plan, ruling that the program is unlawful, in a blow to 16 million student debt borrowers already approved for relief. The U.S. Department of Education now is no longer accepting applications for the program, according to the student […]

Climate funding could suffer in the farm bill under GOP control of Congress

BY: - November 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republicans who may be taking control of Congress in this week’s midterm elections have not been very specific about many policy goals—but the farm bill is an exception. Members of the GOP in the U.S. House and Senate are sending strong signals they want to strip climate funding from the massive legislation in […]

Election Day like no other: Georgians again center of political universe after record early voting

BY: - November 7, 2022

Georgians voted early this year in greater numbers than in any midterm election before, likely foreshadowing that Tuesday will require some patience from voters who might face long lines to cast ballots. In Georgia, more than 2.5 million early voters encountered some minor glitches while in Cobb County election officials are encouraging more than 1,000 […]

The Fed raises interest rates again, signals more coming despite pressure to slow the pace

BY: - November 3, 2022

The Federal Reserve has announced that in its continuing efforts to tamp down inflation, it would raise interest rates yet again by another three-quarters of a point to a target range of 3.75 to 4%. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said during a press conference following the announcement on Wednesday that the “historically fast pace” […]

USF survey: FL voters less focused on abortion than on inflation and the economy

BY: - November 1, 2022

With the general election one week away, a large number of Floridians report that inflation, the economy, or jobs “will have the most significant impact on how” they cast their ballots compared to other issues including abortion rights, a new public opinion survey has found. Researchers at the University of South Florida released their findings […]

Constitutional Amendment would ease financial burden of armoring property against flooding

BY: - November 1, 2022

Floridians have a chance to vote themselves property tax breaks on real estate improvements designed to protect their homes and businesses against flooding — something we’re already seeing and that will only get worse due to global warming. Global warming is a topic Gov. Ron DeSantis doesn’t like talking about. “What I’ve found is, people […]

Ballot initiative: Homestead property tax exemptions for teachers, cops, others, but at what cost?

BY: - October 31, 2022

Florida voters could offer significant property tax exemptions to Florida’s teachers, firefighters, active-duty members of the U.S. military, and other specified professions, amid a relatively hostile housing market. But a well-meaning tax exemption may bring about other complications, such as a loss of local government tax revenue, according to a tax watchdog group. What may […]

A GOP showdown over the debt limit could grip Congress and the nation next year

BY: - October 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republicans are eyeing the debt limit and government funding deadlines as a way to force Democrats to the negotiating table for spending cuts, should the GOP regain control of Congress following the midterm elections. Republicans unhappy about government spending could move to shut down the government, a tactic unsuccessful for the GOP in […]

Fetterman, Oz face off in first — and only debate — in Pa.’s U.S. Senate race

BY: - October 26, 2022

After facing questions about his health since suffering a stroke in May, John Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, addressed what he called “the elephant in the room” just minutes into a debate against Mehmet Oz, his Republican opponent, on Tuesday. “I had a stroke, and he’s never let me forget that. I might […]