Justice Dept. to Review Enforcement of Civil Rights Protections in Grants

The review, part of the Biden administration’s efforts to make preserving civil rights protections a priority, applies to federal funding for local law enforcement agencies.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #federal-aid-us, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #gupta-vanita, #justice-department, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #united-states-politics-and-government

800,000 New Yorkers Just Lost Federal Unemployment Benefits

Many pandemic-era federal programs expired on Sunday, leaving jobless New Yorkers with more modest state unemployment benefits, or no aid at all.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #hochul-kathleen-c, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

What Happens When the Covid Relief Ends?

The pandemic hasn’t ended; the rescue programs have.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #federal-aid-us, #internal-sub-only, #international-trade-and-world-market, #unemployment

Unemployment Benefits Expire for Millions Without Pushback From Biden

The president has encouraged some states to continue helping the long-term unemployed, but administration officials say it was time for enhanced federal aid to end.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #labor-and-jobs, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

A Massive Levee System Saved New Orleans. Can Other Towns Be Helped?

A massive flood protection system built around New Orleans helped save it from flooding during Hurricane Ida. Surrounding communities, which weren’t so lucky, want their own system.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-aid-us, #floods, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricane-katrina-2005, #levees-and-dams, #louisiana, #new-orleans-la

The End of Unemployment Benefits Can Push People Back to Work

Job seekers are more likely to accept an offer when their extra federal jobless benefits expire.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #internal-sub-only, #inventions-and-patents, #labor-and-jobs, #republican-party, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance

Unemployment Benefits to Millions Are About to End

The abrupt loss of pandemic unemployment benefits on a broad scale could have long-term effects not only for the recipients but also for the economy.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #pennsylvania, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-politics-and-government

Cutting off jobless benefits early may have hurt state economies.

Prematurely ending federal programs had little effect on pushing people back to work, researchers find, but sharply cut their spending.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #federal-aid-us, #income, #labor-and-jobs, #research, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

15% of PPP Loans Could Be Fraudulent, Study Shows

Some $76 billion of the program’s $800 billion in loans may have been taken improperly, a new paper concludes.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #blue-acorn-ppp-llc, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #frauds-and-swindling, #small-business, #small-business-administration, #university-of-texas-at-austin

Devastated by Disasters, Lake Charles Is Still Waiting for Help

The Louisiana city, hobbled by two hurricanes, a winter storm and a flood, has struggled to translate sympathy into financial support. It is a challenge other cities could soon face.

#federal-aid-us, #floods, #hunter-nic-1984, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #lake-charles-la

For People With Disabilities, One Size Does Not Fit All

Federal funding should not automatically favor smaller settings over larger ones for people with disabilities. 

#american-rescue-plan-act, #better-care-better-jobs-act, #federal-aid-us, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #intellectual-disabilities

The S.B.A.’s Relief Effort For Restaurants Ends in Confusion

More than 100,000 business owners got help from the relief effort, but 265,000 were turned away — some after awards were rescinded.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #bars-and-nightclubs, #federal-aid-us, #restaurants, #small-business, #small-business-administration, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Two Start-ups Made a Fortune in Fees on P.P.P. Loans

Blueacorn and Womply processed one-third of all Paycheck Protection Program loans this year, stepping in when big lenders wouldn’t.

#advertising-and-marketing, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #entrepreneurship, #federal-aid-us, #online-advertising, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #small-business, #small-business-administration, #social-media, #stimulus-economic

Title IX Protections Extend to Transgender Students, Education Dept. Says

Using a Supreme Court ruling as its guide, the department will issue guidance that says discrimination against gay and transgender students is prohibited under the 1972 law.

#athletics-and-sports, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cardona-miguel-a-1975, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #education-department-us, #federal-aid-us, #gender, #states-us, #title-ix-gender-discrimination-legislation, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

New York Is Getting $22 Billion in Federal Aid. How Should It Be Spent?

Business leaders warn the mayor that an influx of aid could be squandered on short-term programs that won’t help the unemployed.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizens-budget-commission, #city-council-nyc, #culture-arts, #de-blasio-bill, #federal-aid-us, #garcetti-eric-m, #income-inequality, #johnson-corey, #jones-austin-jennifer, #labor-and-jobs, #lightfoot-lori, #new-york-city, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #real-estate-board-of-new-york, #small-business, #tax-policy-center, #united-states-economy

U.S. and E.U. Agree to Suspend Feud Over Aid for Airbus and Boeing

The agreement, coming as President Biden prepares to meet European leaders, ends a 17-year dispute over aircraft subsidies.

#airbus-industrie, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #boeing-company, #customs-tariff, #europe, #european-union, #federal-aid-us, #international-trade-and-world-market, #tai-katherine-1974, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Rich Schools, Poor Schools and a Biden Plan

The way U.S. education is funded can widen disparities. A proposed $20 billion program seeks to even things out.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #budgets-and-budgeting, #education-k-12, #federal-aid-us, #income-inequality

Federal Unemployment Aid Is Now a Political Lightning Rod

Republican-led states are cutting off relief months ahead of schedule, citing openings aplenty. Some jobless workers face hardships and tough choices.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #labor-and-jobs, #republican-party, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

Some Venue Owners Get a Federal Lifeline. Others Are Told They’re Dead.

The first applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, offering $16 billion in federal aid, were approved.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #bend-ore, #bowery-ballroom, #bridgeport-conn, #broadway-league, #carnegie-hall, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #mercury-lounge, #music, #new-york-city, #new-york-city-ballet, #senate, #shuttered-venue-operators-grants, #small-business-administration, #social-security-administration, #stimulus-economic, #theater

The Small Business Administration’s Gaffes Are Now Her Job to Fix

Traditionally a federal backwater, the agency has stumbled while shepherding $1 trillion in emergency aid. Its leader vows “a more customer-first approach.”

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #content-type-personal-profile, #contreras-sweet-maria, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #guzman-isabella-casillas, #small-business, #small-business-administration, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government

Big Hospital Chains Get Covid Aid, and Buy Up Competitors

The pandemic barely dented the financial outlook for some major networks, which continued to acquire weaker hospitals and ailing doctors’ practices. Critics worry consolidation leads to higher prices for medical care.

#american-hospital-assn, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cedars-sinai-medical-center, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #health-and-human-services-department, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #klobuchar-amy, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #new-york-university-langone-health, #porter-katie-1974, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #rand-corp, #senate, #your-feed-healthcare

We’re Not Ready for the Next Big Climate Disasters

Any infrastructure bill should include money to protect communities from flooding, storms, drought and wildfires.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-aid-us, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weather

As Trillions Flow Out the Door, Stimulus Oversight Faces Challenges

A sprawling system meant to police trillions of dollars is showing signs of strain as watchdogs warn of waste, fraud and abuse.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #credit-and-debt, #federal-aid-us, #frauds-and-swindling, #government-accountability-office, #inspectors-general, #miller-brian-d, #office-of-management-and-budget-us, #small-business, #sperling-gene, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

White House Says Undocumented Students Can Receive Pandemic Aid

The rule reverses a Trump-era policy that barred the students from obtaining emergency aid to cover food, housing and school supplies.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cardona-miguel-a-1975, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals, #devos-elizabeth-1958, #education-department-us, #federal-aid-us, #illegal-immigration, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Administration Moves to Speed Aid to Renters

The Treasury Department issued new rules intended to make it easier for tenants to benefit from the $46.5 billion in emergency rental aid.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #evictions, #federal-aid-us, #landlords, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Federal Judge Strikes Down Moratorium on Evicting Renters

The Biden administration will appeal the ruling against the policy, which has been the subject of legal challenges by landlords.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #decisions-and-verdicts, #evictions, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-aid-us, #justice-department, #landlords, #law-and-legislation, #national-assn-of-realtors, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #trump-donald-j

Federal Judge Strikes Down Eviction Moratorium

The Biden administration will appeal the ruling against the policy, which has been the subject of legal challenges by landlords.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #decisions-and-verdicts, #evictions, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-aid-us, #justice-department, #landlords, #law-and-legislation, #national-assn-of-realtors, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #trump-donald-j

Federal Aid to Renters Moves Slowly, Leaving Many at Risk

Congress allocated $25 billion in December and another $21 billion in March to help people who fell behind on rent during the pandemic. Little has reached landlords or tenants.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #charleston-sc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #evictions, #federal-aid-us, #landlords, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden’s Spending Plans Could Start to Tackle Inequality

The Biden administration is relying on Congress instead of just the Fed to fix the economy. That mix could lead to a less wealth-unequal future.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #federal-aid-us, #federal-reserve-system, #income-inequality, #recession-and-depression, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government

U.S. Readies Small-Business Grants as P.P.P. Nears End

New programs for restaurants and live-event businesses will soon start taking applications as the Paycheck Protection Program winds down.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #food-trucks-and-vendors, #national-independent-venue-assn, #restaurants, #small-business, #small-business-administration

Cultural Venues’ Quest for Billions in Federal Aid Is Halted by Glitch

On the first day nightclubs, movie theaters and other arts organizations hurt by the pandemic could apply for $16 billion in federal aid, the system malfunctioned. No applications got through.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #culture-arts, #federal-aid-us, #music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #shuttered-venue-operators-grant, #small-business, #small-business-administration, #stimulus-economic

Billions in New Obamacare Subsidies Are Now Available on Healthcare.gov

Nearly everyone with a marketplace health plan can seek more financial help. Many uninsured Americans and people who buy their insurance elsewhere can also benefit.

#federal-aid-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #healthcare-gov, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010

The Only Thing That Can Really Save the Subway: Riders

Billions of dollars in federal aid have pulled New York’s transit agency from the depths of its fiscal crisis. But a growing consensus that its ridership may never return entirely threatens its future.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #federal-aid-us, #foye-patrick-j, #new-york-city, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #subways, #transportation, #wylde-kathryn-s

How the U.S. Got It (Mostly) Right in the Economy’s Rescue

Though the recession has been painful, policymakers cushioned the pandemic’s blow and opened the way to recovery.

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Biden Stimulus Package Helps Mass Transit Avoid Doomsday Cuts

President Biden’s sweeping stimulus package includes the largest single infusion of federal aid that public transportation has ever received, allowing agencies to scrap plans for draconian cuts.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #citizens-budget-commission, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #foye-patrick-j, #infrastructure-public-works, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #schumer-charles-e, #subways, #transit-systems, #transportation, #transportation-department-us, #united-states, #wylde-kathryn-s

Congress Clears $1.9 Trillion Aid Bill, Sending It to Biden

The sweeping legislation had no support from Republican lawmakers, who called it bloated and unaffordable. It will deliver emergency aid and broader assistance to low- and middle-income Americans.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #federal-aid-us, #house-of-representatives, #republican-party, #stimulus-economic, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Inflation Fear Lurks, Even as Officials Say Not to Worry

Prices have yet to show much movement, but the prospect of an unbridled economy’s surging back from the pandemic has unsettled the markets.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #federal-aid-us, #federal-reserve-system, #inflation-economics, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #stimulus-economic, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy

Virus Did Not Bring Financial Rout That Many States Feared

Grim forecasts held up for a few states, but many took in about as much tax revenue as before the pandemic — sometimes a lot more.

#brookings-institution, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #federal-budget-us, #income-tax, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #republican-party, #sales-and-excise-taxes, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #tax-policy-center, #taxation, #united-states-politics-and-government

Stimulus Checks Helped Personal Income Surge in January

Personal income and spending both surged in January as a new round of government checks hit Americans’ bank accounts.

#commerce-department, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #income, #inflation-economics, #recession-and-depression, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy

F.C.C. Broadband Plan Includes $50 Monthly Subsidy for Millions

A proposal released by the acting chairwoman of the commission is an attempt to close the digital divide.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-learning, #federal-aid-us, #federal-communications-commission, #income-inequality, #rosenworcel-jessica, #telephones-and-telecommunications

F.C.C. Approves a $50 Monthly High-Speed Internet Subsidy

The money, aimed at low-income households, is part of an effort to bridge the access gap to broadband connectivity amid the pandemic.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #federal-communications-commission, #rosenworcel-jessica, #rural-areas, #telephones-and-telecommunications

Mitt Romney Has a Plan, and Joe Biden Should Borrow From It

Child poverty requires a permanent fix.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #federal-aid-us, #poverty, #united-states-economy

Biden Changes P.P.P. Rules for Self-Employed People, Pauses Some Applications

A more generous loan formula for solo ventures is meant to get more very small businesses into the Paycheck Protection Program. But bigger applicants face a two-week pause.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #minorities, #small-business, #small-business-administration, #united-states-politics-and-government

N.Y.C. Staves Off Cuts to Public Transit, Despite Dire Warnings

Transit officials are expected to announce on Thursday that they will not slash bus or subway service through 2022.

#citizens-budget-commission, #congestion-pricing, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #manhattan-institute, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #reinvent-albany, #subways, #transit-systems

Should the Feds Guarantee You a Job?

Not long ago, the question was rarely asked. Now, politicians and economists of various stripes are willing to consider it.

#economics-theory-and-philosophy, #federal-aid-us, #government-employees, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #vocational-training

Dip in Unemployment Claims Offers Hope as New Virus Cases Ease

With restrictions lifting, workers in industries hard hit by the pandemic are getting a respite from layoffs, and job postings are increasing.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

West Virginia Has Everyone’s Attention. What Does It Really Need?

With the right federal response, it could become a model of renewal for other places around the country that prosperity has left behind.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #federal-aid-us, #income-inequality, #infrastructure-public-works, #manchin-joe-iii, #rural-areas, #stimulus-economic, #west-virginia

Pandemic’s Toll on Housing: Falling Behind, Doubling Up

Eviction moratoriums don’t keep arrears from piling up, and aid to renters may not reach the most vulnerable.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evictions, #federal-aid-us, #landlords, #law-and-legislation, #nonprofit-organizations, #poverty, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #united-states

January 2021 Jobs Report: Outlook for Economic Recovery Dims

With a gain of 49,000 jobs in January, and with few of those in the private sector, the labor market offers little relief to the nearly 10 million Americans who are unemployed.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #recession-and-depression, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Federal Aid for Closed Cultural Venues Will Be a Race for Cash

Tens of thousands of eligible music clubs, theaters, museums and other spaces may overwhelm a $15 billion grant fund run by the Small Business Administration.

#cornyn-john, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #culture-arts, #federal-aid-us, #music, #national-independent-venue-assn, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #shuttered-venue-operators-grant, #small-business, #small-business-administration, #stimulus-economic, #theater, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government