Working & The Economy

Democrats want special session expanded to consider protections for renters

BY: - April 28, 2022

A group of legislative Democrats have asked Gov. Ron DeSantis to expand the call of his special session on property insurance to consider protections for renters beleaguered by skyrocketing rents. “In the interest of saving taxpayer dollars, we are calling on you today to expand the call for this special session to include legislation that […]

GOP, including DeSantis, ganged up on Twitter to advance Musk acquisition

BY: - April 27, 2022

Florida’s state pension investment agency specifically warned Twitter Inc. against a “poison pill” strategy to defeat Elon Musk’s effort to take the company private, according to a letter released this week. The Twitter board of directors, leery of Musk’s intentions, floated a plan to release fresh stock should anyone acquire 15 percent of the company […]

Lawmakers returning to Tallahassee yet again, this time on property insurance

BY: - April 26, 2022

The Florida Legislature will meet in special session — its fourth in 12 months — during the week of May 23 to confront the state’s property insurance availability crisis. That count doesn’t include the two 60-day regular sessions the Legislature has held during the past two years. Gov. Ron DeSantis issued his latest proclamation on […]

Gov. DeSantis: FL pension board pressured Twitter to OK Elon Musk’s purchase offer

BY: - April 25, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis has praised Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of Twitter Inc., OK’d Monday by the company’s board subject to shareholder approval, as a “blow for free speech.” The governor, who has targeted social media companies in the past for alleged discrimination against conservative voices, said during a news conference Monday that the state […]

Just a handful of GOP lawmakers said yes to property insurance session; DeSantis in support

BY: - April 18, 2022

A Florida Department of State poll — to see if enough lawmakers would go along with a special session on the state’s property insurance crisis — failed Monday afternoon, state records show. But Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday had already announced that he’d call legislators back to the capital in May to confront the […]

Louisiana proposes ‘overnight’ solution to trucker shortage

BY: - April 16, 2022

Louisiana is exploring a legislative solution to provide overnight relief to the supply-chain bottleneck that a nationwide shortage of truck drivers has caused. Senate Bill 477, sponsored by Sen. Gary Smith, D-Norco, cleared the Senate Transportation, Highways & Public Works Committee without objection this week and will advance to the Senate floor for consideration. The […]

What if the government filled out your tax form for you?

BY: - April 15, 2022

As midnight approaches on Monday, countless Americans will be ready to finally hit the send button on their computers to get their federal and state tax forms on their way to Uncle Sam. They’ll do that after having spent days pulling together receipts and forms,  having shelled out money for computer software to help them […]

U.S. lawmakers look for path ahead on billions in restaurant, small business aid

BY: - April 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — Restaurants and other businesses that have survived more than two years of COVID-19 restrictions could see an infusion of federal dollars in the coming months, as long as U.S. lawmakers reach final agreement on a multibillion-dollar package. The U.S. House has approved a bill with $42 billion for restaurants and $13 billion for a hard-hit […]

‘Sitting on a time bomb’: Mobile home residents at risk in red-hot housing market

BY: - April 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Jon Zang walks his dog several times a day in his mobile home community in West Goshen Township, Pa. It’s quiet, as most of his neighbors are at work. But he often wonders how many more walks he and his bulldog mix, Ladybug, will have down the streets of the place he’s called […]

Biden goal for U.S. transition to electric vehicles cast into doubt at U.S. Senate hearing

BY: - April 8, 2022

A White House climate goal to transition the United States to electric vehicles is in trouble if the nation cannot produce more minerals that go into those vehicles’ batteries, U.S. senators of both parties said Thursday. Members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee agreed during a hearing that more domestic production of lithium, […]

U.S. House panel grills oil executives at hearing on soaring gas prices

BY: - April 6, 2022

Democrats blamed the oil industry, Republicans blamed President Joe Biden and oil executives blamed global market forces at a U.S. House hearing Wednesday on how to reverse a dramatic increase in gas prices. Over nearly six hours, members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and executives from six oil companies […]

Pause on federal student loan repayments extended by Biden through Aug. 31

BY: - April 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration Wednesday announced its plans to extend the pause on federal student loan repayments until the end of August. “I recognized in recently extending the COVID-19 national emergency, we are still recovering from the pandemic and the unprecedented economic disruption it caused,” President Joe Biden said in a statement.  “If loan payments […]