A ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a lower court decision that axed a state tax that would require drug companies to pay hundreds of millions to help cover the cost of the state’s response to the opioid epidemic.
President Trump took executive action to extend the benefit after an earlier federal program that provided $600 a week lapsed.
As Democratic governors testified before the House Committee on Financial Services, the Senate rejected a pared-back coronavirus relief proposal.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced the legislation Tuesday and said the Senate will hold a vote on it this week.
State and local governments have about 1 million fewer employees than they did a year ago.
The president lost several legal battles in attempting to enforce a previous order to restrict so-called “sanctuary cities” from receiving federal grants.
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But Democrats and Republicans are still far apart on inclusion of money for state and local governments.
They say the state and its local governments are in an “impossible financial situation” because of the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Generous states that acted quickly are juicy targets for fraudsters.
Thirty-two states have been approved for the federal unemployment program, but only four states have begun issuing the $300-a-week benefits.
Gov. Phil Murphy, who proposed the program on Tuesday, said it would be the first statewide initiative of its kind. But the added spending would come at a time when the state’s budget is strained.
Gov. Tom Wolf isn’t the first governor to recently float state-operated marijuana retail. Pennsylvania currently runs hundreds of wine and liquor shops.
Without an extra $600 a week in unemployment assistance, many Americans are on the brink of not being able to pay rent or put food on the table.
The Government Accountability Office report comes amid concerns about evictions, as the coronavirus outbreak takes a financial toll on many Americans.
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The outlook for the coming years is gloomier, as the coronavirus drags on the economy and strains governments’ finances.
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The litigation is part of a national movement toward exempting menstrual products from states' sales taxes.
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