advertisement advertisement advertisement advertisement advertisement Fiji Water has long been embroiled in controversy on the island of Fiji, where the company has held exclusive access to a massive aquifer for nearly 20 years–all the while barring the water-starved Fijians from tapping it for their own use. Up until now, Fiji Water has paid an “extraction tax” of just one-third of a cent per liter. But now the Fijian government has upped the ante by charging 15 cents per liter for companies (read: Fiji Water) that extract over 3.5 million liters of water a month. As a result, Fiji Water plans to leave the island–or so the company claims. John Cochran, President and COO of Fiji Water, explained the company’s position in a statement released this week: “This new tax is untenable and, as a consequence, FIJI Water is left It all sounds fairly ominous. The Fiji Times reports that employees have been informed of the … [Read more...] about Fiji Water Playing Chicken With Fiji [Updated]
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advertisement advertisement advertisement This Friday, Congress is set to take the first step toward passing a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package and delivering on President Biden’s campaign promise of speedy coronavirus relief. advertisement advertisement The bill, which Biden unveiled just before his January inauguration, is headed for a House vote later today where it’s expected to pass with a Democratic majority, despite opposition from the Republican party. Here’s what to know: What’s in it, again? Dubbed the American Rescue Plan , the bill builds on a number of elements from the House’s historic $3 trillion proposal last March. Key points for many Americans are: $1,400 stimulus checks for eligible recipients $400 weekly boosted unemployment benefits through August $29 billion in housing assistance for needy renters and homeowners $25 billion to create a new small business grant program, separate from … [Read more...] about House stimulus vote update: Here’s the latest on third checks, extra unemployment
advertisement advertisement advertisement If you’re holding out for the third stimulus check, there’s some good news: the next payment is still on track to be $1,400 for many Americans. That’s thanks to House Democrats who have defeated a Republican-led effort to lower the threshold for the next stimulus payment, reports CNN. advertisement In the defeated GOP plan, House Republicans wanted to send out $1,000 checks to those making less than $40,000 a year. That $1,000 payment would dwindle as a person’s annual income increased to $50,000 a year. Anyone who made over $50,000 a year wouldn’t get any third stimulus check at all. The Democratic-controlled House is now moving ahead with its own bill, which includes a $1,400 stimulus check for all Americans earning less than $75,000 a year. If you earn more than $75,000, you’ll still get a third stimulus check under the plan, but its total will be reduced based on increasing income. … [Read more...] about Third stimulus checks update: $1,400 still on the table after GOP attempt to lower threshold defeated
advertisement advertisement advertisement Now that the whole impeachment thing is over, did you think that Congress would buckle down, pass a stimulus package for coronavirus relief, and allow the Treasury to grace your bank account with a $1,400 payment right away? That would be nice, but unfortunately Congress is not in session this week. advertisement advertisement Wait, what? They’re not in D.C. It’s a so-called “state work” week, where senators go home to their families. Senators worked through the weekend to acquit former president Donald Trump in his historic second impeachment trial, and some senators reportedly aimed to get home for Valentine’s Day. Is anyone on the ball with the stimulus? Yep, President Joe Biden. Last night at a town hall in Wisconsin he pitched Democrats’ $1.9 trillion stimulus plan to Americans, saying , “Now is the time we should be spending. Now is the time to go big.” This … [Read more...] about Biden stimulus update: Now that impeachment is over, where’s my check?
advertisement advertisement advertisement All eyes are on the COVID-19 relief plan currently being worked out in Congress, but worker advocates are paying particular attention to one part of it—the proposed new federal minimum wage . advertisement That dollar amount is hotly debated, not only across the aisle, but within the Democratic party. The disagreement stems from whether the proposed hike to $15 an hour will dissuade some politicians from voting to pass a stimulus package that’s badly needed. Here’s what to understand about this contentious issue: What is the current rate? The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, put in place in July 2009 . The previous year it was $6.55 and the year before that, $5.85.; this is the longest the United States has ever gone without raising it. Most states have their own minimum wage law, too. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, five states have no minimum wage and … [Read more...] about Minimum wage stimulus update: What to know about the proposal to hike it to $15