Minimum wage rises in more than 20 states and cities in the US – Telemundo San Antonio (60)

MIAMI – The minimum wage rose between Tuesday and the first day of the year in 21 states and 26 cities and counties in the United States, according to figures compiled by the National Employment Law Project (NELP).

The first employees to benefit from this increase were those who work in New York City, who as of Tuesday must receive a payment of at least $ 15 dollars per hour, while in the rest of the state it is $ 11.80 per hour.

New York is one of 17 jurisdictions where the minimum wage has risen to as high as $ 15 an hour that unions and organizations like NELP have been asking for for years.

But the increase is not limited to this start of the year, as throughout 2020 another 4 states and 23 cities and counties will reach the desired figure of $ 15 an hour.

In total, 24 states and 48 cities and counties will increase their minimum wages sometime in 2020.

In Illinois and Saint Paul, in the state of Minneapolis, they will increase the minimum wage twice this year, on January 1 and in July, the NELP noted.

In addition to Illinois, states that already have new minimum wages include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey and Washington.

The increase in the minimum wage will benefit about 6.8 million employees, according to figures from the Institute for Economic Policy.

Those who will see no change in their pay are employees under the federal minimum wage, which has stood at $ 7.25 an hour since it last rose to that figure more than a decade ago.

On July 24, 2009, the US federal minimum wage had its last hike and despite various attempts to increase this figure, workers will have to wait until they see the results of next November’s elections to try to achieve an increase.

One of those efforts was the House of Representatives’ approval in 2019 of the “Raise the Wage Act” project, which would have allowed the current federal minimum wage to rise to $ 15 an hour in stages, in addition to other protections.

But the hopes of workers in about fifteen states currently living on the federal minimum wage were dashed in the words of Senate leader Republican Mitch McConnell, saying the upper house was not going to vote on the bill.

Added to this was the White House notice that he would veto the measure if he reached his desk.


“Collective efforts helped avert disaster”

“We are breathing because there are fewer serious cases and we have recovered beds in intensive care before the Easter weekend. Morale is good for the staff, at least better than before. We’re starting to see the light. The level of commitment remains very high, however, and the service very busy. As I repeat, we have reached a plateau.

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Have you ever done mountaineering? Imagine. We face a very steep wall and we are ill-equipped. We climbed with our teeth together, with our bare hands, without seeing the summit. We advance in the fog, and then there is a flat, at very high altitude. Will it last? Will the wall draw a descent or on the contrary a new ascent? We do not know. This is where we are now.

I was quite satisfied that Emmanuel Macron did not boast. He recalled that the containment must continue. It’s indisputable. I have no particular comment to add, except that he made a political choice based on scientific evidence. Which is the only thing to do.

An impact on personal life

The days are very similar because we treat patients with the same pathology. There is a lot of care, a lot of interaction with the staff and the sick, a lot of logistical constraints with the equipment, necessary to protect themselves and others.

Everything is crazy. If we had been told a year ago that we would have arrived at this situation, to double the beds, the staff … we would not have believed it. Now we’re going through the flabbergasting phase, we’re getting used to it. And we’re trying to find rest because it’s going to be long, it’s not half-time yet. The impacts on personal and family life are very significant. But we will manage that afterwards.

The fact that things are going better cheers up. It feels like collective efforts have helped avert the disaster. I have a feeling, not really of satisfaction but of just commitment, which is quite pleasant. This crisis shows that among the essential people, caregivers are on the front line. I’m amazed at how everyone engages. Nobody snatches or scrolls. ”


For the Sick, an agonizing wait for tests in Massachusetts – NBC Boston

Danni Aubain has cancer, so when she started feeling lousy late last month, she was particularly worried.

Aubain said the disease hit her like a ton of bricks. He had a 103-degree fever and a horrible, dry cough.

“I really couldn’t breathe,” he said, “and that’s scary for anyone undergoing chemotherapy.”

When seeking medical attention, Aubain said that both her oncologist and a Massachusetts General Hospital emergency room doctor pushed for her to be tested for COVID19, the new coronavirus disease that spreads worldwide.

But despite their recommendations, the response they got from state epidemiologists was that Aubain did not meet the test criteria.

“They called the Public Health Department and I was told that if I couldn’t name a person I knew had a positive test and that I hadn’t traveled outside the country, I couldn’t have been tested,” he said.

In response to NBC10 Boston’s questions, Mass. General said he cannot discuss the treatment of any patient.

But Aubain’s story is like so many others streamed to NBC10 Boston investigators in the past week by spectators across the state who have not been able to take a test. Many said they experienced symptoms of the disease, such as fever and shortness of breath. Like Aubain, some have also been seen by doctors who were convinced they need to be screened.

But with a shortage of test kits available in the state until the end of last week and with restrictive guidelines in place by the federal government, many said they were frustrated, scared and confused as to what to do next.

Federal officials are rapidly increasing the nation’s infrastructure to test COVID-19 this week after a series of missteps hampered the country’s ability to control the virus as it migrated from its epicenter in China to destinations around the world. As of Monday, there have been over 4,000 disease cases reported in the United States, which have so far seen over 70 deaths.

On Monday, health officials in Massachusetts announced that around 1,300 people were tested for the disease and 197 tested positive.

The state’s ability to test patients has increased significantly in the past few days when federal officials have granted Massachusetts clearance to begin testing the samples at the state’s public health laboratory, rather than sending them to a centralized, managed location. by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Federal officials also expanded their testing guidelines, offering doctors more discretion to order a test for the virus, and last week they shipped around 5,000 additional test kits to Massachusetts, easing local supply.

The CDC has also published new guidelines that allow doctors and nurses to subject a single nasal swab to tests, rather than a nasal swab and another sample from the patient’s throat. The change is expected to allow Massachusetts to double its testing capacity, bringing the number of tests conducted every day from 200 to 400, public health commissioner Monica Bharel said at a press conference on Sunday.

The Food and Drug Administration, which must approve the test sites, also granted permission at the end of last week to a couple of private companies – Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp – to begin testing samples collected from patients in Massachusetts. Massachusetts hospital labs are expected to launch their testing programs shortly.

“With more and more clinical labs in Massachusetts working to gain FDA approval, more online capabilities will also be available soon,” said Bharel on Sunday.

Federal officials say the United States is now on track to test thousands of patients a day for the virus after falling far behind other countries in its efforts to detect the virus.

Independent research cited by the CDC indicates that the United States had completed approximately 20,000 tests as of March 13. That number pales in comparison to the aggressive testing effort in South Korea, which has a much smaller population, but has tested around 15,000 people per day.

While the United States is ready to learn more about the extent of the pandemic soon, many in the Bay State who fear having contracted the disease say they believe the government has missed an important opportunity to help curb its spread.

“I have a couple of friends in my social circle who are experiencing flu-like symptoms and are just writing it as flu,” said Rita Czernewski, a Cantonese resident who had an unexplained illness a few weeks ago and was frustrated by her inability to get tested for the new coronavirus.

“We are just a little stuck,” he said. “The only thing we can do is just be careful.”


The New York State plastic bag ban goes into effect – NBC New York

What to know

  • The ban on plastic bags in New York has officially entered into force, but the state will wait until April 1 to penalize stores that violate it.
  • Disposable paper bags will still be allowed, but counties have the option of imposing a 5-cent fee
  • The New York ban exempts bags used for takeaway food from the restaurant, plastic bags used to wrap meat, and bags used for prepared food.

The ban on plastic bags in New York has officially entered into force, but the state will wait until April 1 to penalize stores that violate it.

The state began banning stores from distributing most thin plastic bags on Sunday. But State Environmental Conservation Department commissioner Basil Seggos said on Friday that New York had agreed to delay execution while fighting an Albany County court case filed by a plastic bag maker and convenience store owners who define the unconstitutional ban.

An association of 6,000 convenience store owners across the state opposes state efforts to allow stores to distribute only thick, reusable plastic bags that the industry claims cannot yet produce.

“Since the beginning of our awareness campaign we have consistently said that we will focus on education rather than application and today this does not change,” said Seggos.

The state planned to enforce the ban by issuing a notice to dealers who violate the law for the first time. Resellers could eventually face a $ 250 fine for a subsequent violation and a $ 500 fine for violations in the same calendar year.

The New York ban has also attracted criticism from environmental groups who don’t want New York to allow plastic bags at all.

The law passed last April prohibits many types of businesses from using the thin plastic bags that have clogged landfills, caught in trees and accumulated in lakes and seas. Disposable paper bags will still be allowed, but counties have the option of imposing a 5-cent fee.

The New York ban exempts bags used for takeaway food from the restaurant, plastic bags used to wrap meat, and bags used for prepared food.

Environmental state officials are encouraging New Yorkers to start using reusable bags often made of canvas or polyester. The state said it had purchased over a quarter of a million reusable bags to distribute pantries and food shelters.


Bloomberg has donated over $ 197 million to DC – NBC4 Washington organizations

Mike Bloomberg’s Family Foundation donated $ 197 million to charity and government organizations in D.C. from 2014 to 2018, according to an analysis by the Associated Press. The D.C. Public Education Fund has received $ 16.2 million in donations.

The Bloomberg Family Foundation donated more money per capita to D.C. than any other state, giving nearly $ 30 million per 100,000 people in the capital.

Some organizations have a local impact in the D.C. area, including Martha’s Table, which provides services to low-income or at-risk DC residents, and organizations that are funding the Planet Word language arts museum, which will open in May.

Others are groups focused nationally or internationally, such as the World Resources Institute. Sustainability-focused nonprofits received $ 2.75 million in 2017 and 2018, the two largest donations the Bloomberg foundation gave to D.C.

New York and Maryland received the highest net donations, with approximately $ 503 and $ 303 million respectively. Overall, the Bloomberg Family Foundation donated approximately $ 1.65 billion to over 500 charities and governmental organizations from 2014 to 2018, according to tax returns.

Bloomberg donations to charity and government organizations

The Bloomberg Family Foundation has donated over $ 1.65 billion to over 500 charities and governmental organizations in 30 states from 2014 to 2018.

In addition to charitable donations, Bloomberg also donated $ 7,500 to the Democratic State D.C. Committee, just 5 days before announcing his presidential democratic bid on November 24, 2019.

Bloomberg’s political donations, which went to his PAC, to various candidates, political parties and special interest funds, amounted to at least $ 150 million from 2014 to 2019. The Bloomberg PAC, the Independence USA PAC, he took the lion’s share of funds, nearly $ 97 million.

About $ 12 million in political donations from Bloomberg went to Democratic state candidates and parties and over $ 1 million to Republican and independent state candidates and parties.

Mike Bloomberg’s promising democratic presidential campaign was fueled by his estimated $ 60 billion fortune, which sparked criticism from other candidates in democratic debates.

His philanthropic efforts have likely led to substantial support from those he has supported. According to the Associated Press, Bloomberg has so far at least 155 official endorsements, including Mayor D.C. Muriel Bowser.

One hundred and fourteen of his accolades come from current or previous mayors, most of whom have known ties to him through the Bloomberg city leadership initiative to join philanthropic efforts or fundraising events.