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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sues federal government over cruise industry shutdown

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sues federal government over cruise industry shutdown

Business
April 8 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday a lawsuit against the federal government over the cruise industry shutdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tens of thousands of Floridians depend on the cruise industry for their jobs, DeSantis said at a news conference at the Port of Miami, where he announced the lawsuit while flanked by cruise employees. Advertisement "So, today's a day for us to fight for them, to fight for our friends and our neighbors, who just want to go back to work," DeSantis said at the press conference. Monica Sebata, a former employee of Cruiseport Destinations in Miami, said cruises were initially ordered to shut down for two weeks in March 2020. At that point, they were able to connect through Zoom, and they had hope things would improve, she said, b...
Fearful minor-leaguers crave union, voice amid baseball shutdown

Fearful minor-leaguers crave union, voice amid baseball shutdown

Sports
June 8 (UPI) -- Hundreds of Minor League Baseball players have been released during the pandemic's suspension of play -- or had their poverty-level pay cut -- with many afraid to speak out because they have no union representation. "They know they can be released anytime for any reason," Minnesota Twins prospect Mitch Horacek said in a recent interview. "That brings up so many problems. It's really hard to speak truth to power because you could be done and that's the end of your career, so you have to weigh the consequences." Advertisement Those who lost their jobs also lost health insurance during the coronavirus crisis. With families to support, some can no longer justify pursuing a lifelong dream to play baseball and have moved into other careers.MLB teams agreed to pay MiLB players $ ...
For the IRS, government shutdown 'could not have come at a worse time,' report says

For the IRS, government shutdown 'could not have come at a worse time,' report says

Finance
The longest government shutdown in history could not have come at a worse time for the IRS, the National Taxpayer Advocate has told Congress. The IRS was heading into its first filing season under the massive new tax law when the federal government partially closed. Among the changes was the raising of the standard deduction for married couples to $ 24,000 from $ 13,000, and to $ 12,000 for individuals, from $ 6,500. Personal exemptions were also eliminated. "It was the biggest change in 30 years," said Gary Milkwick, chief product officer at 1800Acco...
US shutdown looms as border talks stall ahead of deadline

US shutdown looms as border talks stall ahead of deadline

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device US congressional talks over a border security deal have stalled raising the chances of another government shutdown.Negotiators were hoping for a deal by Monday to give Congress time to pass legislation by Friday, when the federal funding agreement runs out.They remain divided on how many undocumented immigrants can be detained and funding for President Trump's promised border wall with Mexico.The previous shutdown, lasting 35 days, was the longest in US history. Hundreds of thousands of workers were furloughed while others in essential services, such as hospital care, air traffic control and law enforcement, worked without pay.The cost to the US economy was estimated at $ 11bn (£8.5bn).It was ...
Next government shutdown: How to build a cash cushion when your income is cut off

Next government shutdown: How to build a cash cushion when your income is cut off

Finance
There's one thing the record 35-day government shutdown made clear: Americans aren't saving for a rainy day. "The partial government shutdown serves as a wake-up call that emergency savings must be made a more serious priority," said Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst at Bankrate.com. Over three-quarters of all full-time workers are living paycheck to paycheck, according to a report from jobs site CareerBuilder. Just 40 percent of Americans are able to cover an unexpected $ 1,000 expense with their savings, according to a separate survey from pers...