Donald Trump simply orders corona aid – can he get away with it?

No agreement could be reached in the US Congress, now Donald Trump has unceremoniously given unemployed Americans more money by way of an order. The Democrats are outraged.

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More money for the unemployed, fewer evictions for insolvent tenants and fewer social security contributions: these are the parts of a corona stimulus package that the US President has Donald Trump ordered by order on Saturday, the day after negotiations in the US Congress failed. It was almost certain, however, that there would soon be lawsuits against Trump’s political solo effort.

“A lot of money that has not yet been spent”

In the opinion of critics, parts of his rulings are questionable, because all measures that require new financial resources require the approval of Congress. There Trump’s Republicans would have to rely on a compromise with the Democrats.

Trump now wants to get around the problem by simply reallocating existing funds, partly from previous economic stimulus packages. “We have a lot of money that has not yet been spent,” said Trump. However, it was not immediately clear how much the measures Trump announced would cost and whether there would actually be enough funds available.

The President of the House of Representatives, the Democrat Nancy Pelosi, spoke in an initial reaction of “modest announcements” by the President. Trump “still does not understand the seriousness or urgency of the economic and health crisis facing working class families,” Pelosi tweeted. “These decisions do not really help families,” said Pelosis and her colleague Chuck Schumer in a joint statement. Both appealed to the Republicans to return to the negotiating table.

Trump expressed confidence that his orders could be implemented despite likely pending lawsuits. “You won’t win,” he said, referring to threatened lawsuits.

It is about families in the face of Corona-PandemieTrump told journalists at his golf club in New Jersey that it was not their fault. He also promised voters further tax cuts if he won the November 3rd election. With regard to the regulation to suspend certain social security contributions until the end of the year, Trump promised: “If I win … I will extend it beyond the end of the year and then abolish the tax.”

The Democrats accuse Trump of using the tax cuts only for the election campaign. They argue that it does not benefit the unemployed, who are most in need of help. To what extent this stance could harm the Democrats in the election campaign is still unclear. Some voters may see them as blocking important government aid. But even with Trump’s Republicans there is resistance to the plans because the tax cuts could significantly increase the deficit.

Most of the attention will initially be directed to the additional unemployment benefits ordered by Trump until the end of the year, amounting to $ 400 per week each. Millions of Americans would benefit from this. A comparable scheme that the unemployed because of Corona-Krise an additional 600 US dollars per week, expired at the end of July without replacement because the two major parties could not agree on a follow-up arrangement.

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About a quarter of the funds required for the new unemployment benefits should come from the coffers of the states, as Trump explained. The states, however, are likely to run a storm, especially as they are as a result of the pandemic already have to cope with significantly lower income. Among the orders that Trump signed was aid for Americans who are in debt because of their studies. In addition, certain evictions should be prevented if possible.

In the negotiations for an economic stimulus package on Friday, the Democrats presented a compromise proposal worth around two trillion dollars (1.7 trillion euros). Apparently, the Republicans did not want to go beyond their proposed $ 1 trillion package. The talks failed and parliament said goodbye to the summer recess.

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House: It’s about trillions of dollars. But Democrats and Republicans cannot agree. (Source: Michael Brochstein / ZUMA Wire / dpa)

The Democrats wanted to see the $ 600-a-week temporary unemployment benefit increase approved in March extended until the end of the year. They are also calling for a temporary suspension of evictions, help for tenants and more funding for states, communities and schools. The Democrats had already decided on the new stimulus package they are striving for, amounting to around three trillion dollars, in the House of Representatives at the end of May.

The Republicans in the Senate didn’t even want to talk about it until the end of July. The Republican Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, in turn accused the Democrats of blocking the necessary aid package. He supported Trump’s recent move to “look into the possibilities” of helping the Americans.

The US economy is stuck as a result of Coronavirus-Pandemic in a serious crisis. The unemployment rate is a good ten percent, which is historically very high for the United States. Experts also fear that millions of tenants will soon face eviction because they will no longer be able to pay their rent after losing their jobs.


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.


De Blasio presents “war” budget and demands urgent rescue from the Government – Telemundo New York (47)

NEW YORK – Ensuring health, safety, food and a roof for all are the priorities of the budget presented this Thursday by the city of New York, some accounts of “war” in the face of the coronavirus crisis, which come accompanied by an appeal to the American president Donald Trump to allow a “rescue” of the Big Apple.

With tax revenues slumping as a result of the slowdown in economic activity, the mayor, Bill de Blasio, announced “painful” cuts of more than $ 2 billion to try to balance the budget in the year that begins in June.

According to his calculations, New York is going to lose some 7,400 million dollars in income, a “horrible” number, according to admitted De Blasio, that requires a determined intervention of the federal Government.

The mayor urged Washington to cover this deficit in full and warned that without that money, the basic needs of New Yorkers cannot be guaranteed.

“If they can find 58,000 million to rescue the airlines, surely they can find 7,500 million for the largest city in the country,” stressed the mayor.

Democrat De Blasio appealed directly to Trump, whom he asked for a clear signal of support for his hometown for Senate Republicans to give the green light to necessary aid.

As he insisted, the city is already doing everything possible on its part, with a budget of $ 89.3 billion, $ 6 billion less than the proposal that the City Council had initially made in January, $ 3.4 billion less than last year’s accounts and using the reserves he had accumulated to have “balanced” accounts.

Among other things, the budget foresees that all public activities be drastically limited and, for example, this summer the swimming pools will not be opened.

De Blasio also warned New Yorkers not to hold out too much hope about beach opening, given the risk of contagion from the coronavirus posed by the huge crowds seen in places like Coney Island.

Public resources, he insisted, will be devoted to basic issues: health, safety, food and housing.

“These are four things that people are mostly thinking about and the government has to focus on those four things. Things that would have been a priority two or three months ago cannot be now. Things we would like to focus on in times of peace cannot be the priority in times of war and these are times of war, “said de Blasio.

The Democrat also warned Trump and Republicans that their desire to restart the economy as soon as possible will be ruined if the basic needs of the population are not met or if they precipitate and cause a resurgence of COVID-19. .

Trump, De Blasio insisted, has only one chance to do this well and, if he is wrong, he will regret it for a long time.

In addition, New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea offered a video conference on Thursday to detail how the coronavirus has affected the city’s police forces to date.

Specifically, the New York police have registered 7,155 positive cases for COVID-19 among its members, about 20% of its staff and 27 officers have died from the virus.

Shea also detailed that it is estimated that between 1,400 and 1,500 of the sick police officers have returned to work.

“You start to see a little light at the end of the tunnel and it seems that the worst is over,” said Shea, who regretted the losses and asked for a moment of silence.


New York overwhelmed by the epidemic

The 2019-2020 school year is over for 1.1 million schoolchildren, from kindergarten to grade 12.

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Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York.
Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York. BRYAN R. SMITH / AFP

New York

The news that all parents feared in New York fell on Saturday morning by email: on the orders of mayor Bill de Blasio, and after consultation with the very media doctor Anthony Fauci, eminent immunologist and pillar of the task force set up to fight against the coronavirus, the doors of the schools of the city, temporarily closed last March 16, will not reopen before September. School year 2019-2020 ended for 1.1 million schoolchildren, from kindergarten to grade 12. The distance education will continue, the mayor promising to send “before the end of this month »240,000 computers or tablets in poor households.

READ ALSO – Coronavirus: why is New York so badly affected?

This dreaded decision immediately provoked the fury of Governor Andrew Cuomo, at loggerheads with Bill de Blasio. Pressed, like President Donald Trump in the White House, to re-prime the economic pump, Cuomo had loudly opposed

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The casinos of A.C. could lose more than $ 1 billion, named Cape-Atlantic League all-star and more |

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Atlantic City casino revenue has exceeded $ 3 billion in total gaming revenue for 2019, the first time the industry has eclipsed that benchmark since 2013.

A two-month arrest in the state’s casino industry will lead to $ 1.1 billion in loss of economic activity, according to a report from the American Gaming Association. On Monday, Governor Phil Murphy ordered the closure of nine Atlantic City casinos, while New Jersey continues to struggle with the best way to minimize the spread of the new coronavirus.

All charities suffer from social distancing, corporate closings and curfews that have been enacted to control the spread of the new coronavirus. However, non-profit organizations in South Jersey that care for already vulnerable people are going through a particularly challenging time as the money they expected to have in hand falls from canceled or postponed spring fundraisers.

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Spring sports athletes from South Jersey high schools they are finding ways to stay connected and make something fun and positive during the COVID-19 pandemic. The New York State Interscholastic Athletic Association recently postponed the spring season after Governor Phil Murphy ordered the closure of all New Jersey schools for the foreseeable future due to the pandemic.

All the stars of the Cape-Atlantic League this year have been named. The first team, all-stars includes: Ocean City wrestler Nick Sannino; Wildwood Catholic male basketball player Jacob Hopping; and the basketball player Marianna Papazoglou of the Wildwood Catholic.

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Marianna Papazoglou of Wildwood Catholic launches a two-point jump shot during Wednesday’s non-public playoff match B against OLMA on February 27, 2019. Photo / Charles J. Olson


BNY Mellon New Jersey muni money market fund NAV fell below $ 1.00

BOSTON, March 23 (Reuters) – BNY Mellon Corp said on Monday that the net asset value of the municipal fund of New Jersey had fallen below $ 1.00 per share last week.

The fund’s net asset value from $ 51 million dropped to $ 0.9968 per share, prompting the bank to file material events with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

It is unusual for the NAV of a stable money market fund to drop below $ 1.00 per share. In its presentation to the SEC, BNY Mellon stated that the fund’s net asset value “deviated” from its stable value of $ 1.00 per share.

Reporting by Tim McLaughlin
Editing by Chris Reese

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New Jersey will release some county inmates until the coronavirus epidemic subsides

(Reuters) – New Jersey said Monday that it plans to temporarily release low-risk inmates serving prison terms in the county to limit the spread of coronavirus, following similar movements by some cities and counties in the United States.

The announcement was followed by an order on Sunday evening by the New Jersey chief of justice Stuart Rabner to suspend or commute the penalties imposed for violations of probation and municipal judicial convictions.

The order will release up to 1,000 inmates, said the New Jersey American Civil Liberties Union. Attorney General Gurbir Singh Grewal said at a press conference that they would be released by Tuesday morning.

As a career attorney, Grewal said he “did not enjoy” releasing prisoners, but that the decision was justified by the seriousness of the health risk. He also indicated the infections that had occurred in New York City prisons.

“We know and have seen across the river that prisons can be disease incubators, so we need to take bold and drastic steps,” said Grewal, adding that inmates would be under house orders and would complete their sentences once that the crisis was over.

Prisons and prisons are climbing to safeguard a prisoner population that includes many people with basic medical problems.

The United States has more people behind bars than any other nation, about 2.3 million as of 2017, including around 1.5 million in state and federal prisons and another 745,000 in local prisons, according to the Statistical Office of Justice of the United States.

Last week the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, announced the release of 40 detainees from Rikers Island prison in light of the pandemic, and said on Sunday that another 23 would be released.

Other cities and counties in the United States are considering or have adopted similar policies.

Last week, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the county had taken action since late February to reduce the prison population of 617 inmates. This was done by releasing prisoners with less than 30 days in prison and changing the bail policies used to determine which arrests would receive a subpoena in respect of their custody.

While many state prisons have taken steps to limit the spread of the virus, such as banning visitors, they typically require a court order to release the detainees. Federal prisons face similar restrictions, although President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he will consider an executive order to free “totally nonviolent prisoners” from these structures.

An official with the union representing federal prisoners called on Attorney General William Barr to temporarily stop the movement of all prisoners between the structures until the virus can be contained.

Nathan Layne’s report in Wilton, Connecticut; Further reports from Peter Eisler, Linda So and Sarah N. Lynch in Washington; Ned Park, Grant Smith and Brendan Pierson in New York; Curated by Grant McCool, Noeleen Walder and Cynthia Osterman

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FAA to briefly close New York’s traffic center, LaGuardia Control Tower

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Aviation Administration said Saturday that it will close the Traffic Control Center of the New York air route and the New York LaGuardia Control Tower overnight for cleaning after another person has tested positive. for COVID-19.

An American airline plane is seen on the tarmac after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) temporarily suspended flights arriving at New York City airports due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York, United States United, March 21, 2020. REUTERS / Eduardo Munoz

The FAA stated that an individual in La Guardia tested positive, prompting the temporary shutdown of the tower which should have had minimal impact on flights.

The FAA said the New York airway traffic control center will close at 11:30 pm. EDT until 6:30 in the morning for sanitation, while the LaGuardia Control Tower will be closed from 23:00 EDT until 6 in the morning for sanitation.

The FAA has stated that transatlantic services will be interrupted during the closure at the New York Air Route Center and some flights may be required to avoid arriving during cleaning.

On Saturday, the FAA temporarily suspended flights arriving at New York and Philadelphia airports after a trainee at the Traffic Control Center on the New York air route tested positive for COVID-19.

The FAA soon lifted the arrest warrant in the New York area on Saturday, but some flights were delayed as flight management returned to normal. The positive test forced the FAA to close certain sectors of the airspace and redirect flights, the agency said.

Flightaware, a flight monitoring website, said 600 flights were canceled on Saturday at John F. Kennedy and Newark airports.

The FAA had a series of problems this week due to coronavirus cases in 10 US facilities, forcing more than 2,000 flights to be canceled and towers closed earlier this week in Chicago Midway and Las Vegas.

More than 1,500 flights have been canceled in Las Vegas, where the tower is still closed, including over 500 on Saturday. Another 300 flights were canceled in Midway on Saturday, where the tower also remains closed.

The FAA temporarily closed the JFK tower in New York on Friday, which led to some flight cancellations, and also closed part of the traffic control center on the Indianapolis air route for cleaning after workers proved positive. for coronavirus.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Tom Brown, Sonya Hepinstall and Chris Reese

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Flights resume after FAA briefly stopped arrivals at New York airport after coronavirus case

PHOTO FILE: an overview of the international arrivals terminal at JFK airport in New York, 11 October 2014. REUTERS / Eduardo Munoz

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) temporarily suspended flights arriving at New York City and Philadelphia airports on Saturday after a trainee at the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center tested positive for COVID-19.

The FAA lifted the order in the afternoon, but some flights were still delayed while flight management returned to normal. The positive test forced the FAA to close certain sectors of the airspace and redirect flights, the agency said.

Flightaware, a flight monitoring website, said 600 flights were canceled on Saturday at John F. Kennedy and Newark airports.

The FAA had a number of problems this week due to coronavirus cases causing COVID-19, forcing more than 2,000 flights to be canceled and towers closed earlier this week in Chicago Midway and Las Vegas.

More than 1,500 flights have been canceled in Las Vegas, where the tower is still closed, including over 500 on Saturday. Another 300 flights were canceled in Midway on Saturday.

The FAA temporarily closed the JFK tower in New York on Friday, which led to some flight cancellations, and also closed part of the traffic control center on the Indianapolis air route for cleaning after workers proved positive. for coronavirus.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Tom Brown and Sonya Hepinstall

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The governor of New Jersey orders the closure of nonessential activities, says that almost everyone must stay home

PHOTO FILE: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy arrives to speak about e-smoking products during a press conference in Trenton, New Jersey, the United States, September 12, 2019. REUTERS / Eduardo Munoz

(Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy today signed an executive order that requires all non-essential retail businesses to close their stores and that nearly all state residents stay home to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The order affects approximately 9 million residents of the state and exempts those who work in essential services such as health care and the food industry, the governor said at a press conference. The order banned all gatherings, including weddings and holidays, Murphy said.

“My job is to make sure we get through this emergency so you can safely reunite with family and friends later,” said Murphy.

Reporting by Gabriella Borter

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