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Texas power provider asks residents, businesses to conserve electricity

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Jordan Williams Texas’ power provider on Tuesday asked residents and businesses to conserve electricity amid higher demand. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) said in a tweet that a combination of high generator outages and higher-than-forecasted demand from winter storms......

Washington businesses slam shutdowns as Inslee revises health restrictions

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Washington businesses are fed up with Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID shutdowns which the state is about to see more of this week. On Monday, Inslee announced he is rolling back three counties—Cowlitz, Pierce, and Whitman—to the state’s Phase 2......

Some Illinois businesses report problems bringing workers back, citing unemployment benefits

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Part of the process of certifying unemployment benefits includes Illinois employers appealing claims, but more than a year into the pandemic, one employer says that’s not happening. With more open and warmer months ahead, businesses are having problems finding......

Illinois lawmakers criticize Pritzker’s handling of taxpayer grants for businesses during pandemic

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Thousands of tax dollars in Business Interruption Grants went to entities that weren’t eligible, less than 1 percent of the $275 million that was distributed, but Republicans and Democrats criticized the administration’s overall handling of the program. During a......

Target says it will spend more than $2 billion with Black-owned businesses by 2025

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here People stand in line at Target in Kips Bay during the coronavirus pandemic on April 14, 2020 in New York City. Noam Galai | Getty Images Target said it will hire more Black-owned companies, launch a program to identify and......

McConnell warns businesses of ‘serious consequences’ after many condemn Georgia’s restrictive voting law

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here “From election law to environmentalism to radical social agendas to the Second Amendment, parts of the private sector keep dabbling in behaving like a woke parallel government,” the Kentucky Republican said in a statement Monday. “Corporations will invite serious......

Tennessee House passes measure to make COVID-19 relief tax deductible for businesses

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Some Tennessee businesses could receive more COVID-19 pandemic assistance after a bill that would exempt relief funds from state taxes unanimously passed the House on Monday night. House Bill 776 would exempt COVID-19 relief payments received between March 1,......

Big businesses side with Democrats in clash over voting rights

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here After acting on former President Donald Trump’s big lie that the 2020 election was stolen by enacting new restrictions on voting, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and House Speaker David Ralston, both Republicans, tried to spin the reality of the......

Florida’s governor bans agencies and businesses from requiring ‘vaccine passports.’

New York Times
New York Times – For more and to sign up click here Florida has banned state and local government agencies and businesses from requiring so-called vaccine passports, or documentation proving that someone has been vaccinated against Covid-19. Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, issued an executive order on Friday prohibiting businesses......

Minnesota relaxes COVID-19 restrictions on some businesses

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Starting Thursday, certain COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted statewide as a result of Gov. Tim Walz’s latest executive order. Large venues can host crowds with some guidelines. Seated indoor events such as concerts may host up to 3,000 people.......

Bill to even playing field for Tennessee small businesses heads to Lee’s desk

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The Tennessee Legislature has discussed many policy changes in reaction to the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including how restrictions affected small businesses. To that end, the General Assembly has unanimously passed legislation to level the playing field......

Virginia businesses will benefit from PPP extension, groups say

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Virginia businesses will benefit from the federal government extending the deadline to apply for Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans, according to associations representing industries. With bipartisan support, federal lawmakers passed legislation to extend the loan application from March 31......

Biden says states should reinstate mask mandates and wait to reopen businesses as Covid cases rise

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here President Joe Biden delivers remarks on Covid-19 response and vaccinations in the South Court Auditorium of the White House in Washington DC, on March 29, 2021. Jim Watson | AFP | Getty Images President Joe Biden on Monday urged governors......

Organizers call individuals, businesses to #StopAsianHate on National Day of Action and Healing

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Organizers behind Friday’s #StopAsianHate National Day of Action and Healing aim to highlight ways for individuals, businesses and communities to end racism and violence targeted toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). The initiative, started by Queens Congresswoman Grace Meng,......

Small businesses have 2 more months to apply for forgivable PPP loans. Here’s what you need to know

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here A small business owner in Chinatown, San Francisco Source: CNBC The Senate on Thursday passed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 with overwhelming support, extending the deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program to May 31 from March 31. Passage of......

At least 3 killed as tornadoes rip through Alabama, destroying homes and businesses

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(Reuters) – Powerful tornadoes tore through Alabama on Thursday, killing at least three people in the northeast and injuring dozens of others and destroying homes and other structures south of Birmingham. Three deaths were confirmed in Ohatchee, Alabama, about 60 miles northeast of Birmingham, a spokeswoman for Calhoun County Emergency......

Senate extends pandemic assistance for small businesses for 2 months

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here President Joe Biden visits W.S. Jenks & Son, a Washington, D.C., hardware store that benefited from a Paycheck Protection Program loan, on March 9, 2021. Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images Though the updates were slated to get more......

Some Virginia businesses seek more restriction relief despite minor changes from Northam

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Despite some minor reductions in COVID-19 restrictions from Gov. Ralph Northam, some members of the business community are seeking an even further lessening of restrictions as they continue to struggle to make money during the pandemic. On Tuesday, Northam......

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