Congress hasn’t increased gasoline tax since 1993. That tax is currently 18.4 cents per gallon or just 10.2 cents after adjusting for inflation compared to 1993. "There are several different models. In the short- to medium-term that could include revisiting the gas tax, adjusting it, and or connecting it to inflation," Buttigieg clarified. … [Read more...] about Buttigieg: Hike In Federal Gas Tax Possible, As Is Getting Rid Of It
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LGBTQ Americans like me have shed a lot of tears over the last four years, but this week, I was weeping with relief. And, when this avalanche of emotions has subsided, when the pomp and circumstance settles, I'm hopeful we can start to let go of some of the anxiety and pessimism we've been holding onto. Only then can we allow ourselves to fully exhale into something that looks like the future, a brighter spot where our lives matter -- Black and brown, gay and transgender, immigrant and citizen, rich and poor, young and old. We feel the sun on our skin again. … [Read more...] about Why LGBTQ Americans are seeing the sun again
He would be the first Black person to run the agency and one of the key players in Joe Biden's agenda to reverse environmental rollbacks under former president Donald Trump and fight climate change by bringing the US economy to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. … [Read more...] about As Donald Trump’s team exits, here are Joe Biden’s choices to replace them
Biden also halted the construction of the border wall on the U.S.-Mexico boundary on Wednesday. While the projections for jobs there are somewhat unclear, one analysis (by an opponent of the wall) in 2017 estimated that the wall, if fully constructed, would create 10,500 jobs. … [Read more...] about Pollak: Biden Kills Up to 70,000 Jobs on First Day in Office
By the time the box of inaugural gifts arrived, the mystery remained. “I was told we should be getting an email about it soon,” she said in a text message. When the day came, it turned out to be another Zoom call, this one hosted by Bradley Whitford, the actor from The West Wing, and other celebrities like Amy Schumer, in the style of a kind of “webinar,” said Houston. On the Zoom, network coverage played on one side of the screen while, on the other, Whitford and co. popped in and out of view “and just chit-chatted,” he said. The couple eventually turned it off and watched on TV like the rest of the country. “Honestly, it was very well done, but we — we like the national coverage,” Brice said, positioned in front of their computer at home next to her husband as they drank from cans of lime-flavored Spindrift and occasionally darted in and out of frame to attend to their two sons. … [Read more...] about The “VIP” Seats At This Year’s Inauguration, Like Everything Else In 2021, Were On Zoom
Other states don’t have the support of sympathetic policy. Hadler voiced his concern about Nebraska’s ruling: “The governor of Nebraska is playing politics and clearly doesn’t know how to handle a public health crisis,” he says, “because that is a terrible approach to public health.” In an update email to Fast Company, Julie Naughton, a spokesperson for Nebraska’s health department, said: “We expect the federal government to provide enough vaccine for everyone in the state. . . . Proof of citizenship is not a requirement to receive the vaccine.” Still, the governor’s press secretary tweeted that while there will be enough doses, “Nebraska is going to prioritize citizens and legal residents ahead of illegal immigrants.” (The governor’s office did not respond to a request for comment.) … [Read more...] about How will undocumented immigrants get the COVID-19 vaccine?