20 Years Later, Undocumented Immigrants Who Aided 9/11 Recovery & Cleanup Efforts Demand Recognition

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Joseph Stiglitz: Ending Unemployment Benefits as Pandemic Rages Is Cruel & Hurts Economic Recovery

As unemployment benefits for millions of U.S. workers expired on Labor Day, with many states suffering the worst surge of the pandemic, economist Joseph Stiglitz says it’s “disturbing” federal aid was allowed to lapse. “This is going to feed into the problems posed by the Delta variant.” Stiglitz also talks about whether Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell should stay in the job, saying he has done a “reasonable job” during the pandemic but has a tendency “to side with Wall Street and engage in deregulation.” Source link

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After Hurricane Ida, a “Just & Fair Recovery” Must Address Ongoing Disasters of Poverty, Inequality

As Hurricane Ida is downgraded to a tropical depression, Louisiana’s main utility company Entergy says it could be weeks before it restores electricity to nearly a million people in the storm’s path, including all of New Orleans. We speak with Flozell Daniels Jr., president of the Foundation for Louisiana, who evacuated his home city and is calling for “a just and fair recovery” that addresses preexisting crises, including COVID-19 and poverty. “These are disasters that were already happening,” he says. He also describes the power of the oil and gas industry lobbyists he has challenged as a member of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’s Climate Initiatives Task Force.…

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£1.4bn pupil catch-up cash branded ‘pitiful’ as recovery tsar admits more is needed

The coronavirus catch-up tsar has said “more will be needed” to help children recover learning lost during the pandemic as school leaders branded the government’s extra £1.4 billion funding “pitiful”. The money, announced by the Department for Education (DfE) on Wednesday, will be used to offer pupils up to 100 million hours of tuition as part of the government’s catch-up programme for children in England who have faced disruption due to Covid-19. But the £1.4 billion – made available on top of £1.7 billion already pledged – has come under fire following suggestions that the government’s education recovery commissioner called for 10 times as much to be invested.…

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£40m of vital coronavirus recovery fund goes towards new crown jewels display

As part of our #FollowTheMoney series, we can reveal that £40m of the Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) was loaned to Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), as a loan. The CRF is a coronavirus relief fund to help arts organisations and charities open and resume business as restrictions ease in the UK. During this investigation, we spoke to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) which told us the money would go towards a new display of the crown jewels at the Tower of London. After we heard about a recent National Audit Office (NAO) investigation into the CRF, we wanted to know more about who benefited from this…

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