Nov 4, 2020

The knowns and unknowns after Election Day

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On today's show: a look at what a divided government could do to the economy and a rundown on a few important ballot initiatives in Florida and California.

Segments From this episode

With a divided government likely, chances of a big economic relief plan wane

Nov 4, 2020
As the pandemic continues, it may fall to the Federal Reserve to find more ways to boost the economy.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in July. A divided government will make it harder to pass COVID-19 relief, which has already been a challenge for politicians.
Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

And the winner is ... Yep, economists have models for every outcome

Nov 4, 2020
When variables include who will be president and who controls Congress, GDP and unemployment forecasts look very different.
A Democratic sweep would likely mean more and larger coronavirus relief packages, driving economic growth.
Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

Jobless Americans struggle to get and keep benefits

Nov 4, 2020
More than seven months into the pandemic, more people are filing for unemployment benefits every week than at any point in the Great Recession.
Protesters call on Florida to fix its unemployment system in May. Americans are still struggling to get unemployment benefits, more than seven months into the pandemic.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

California voters to decide measure that could spur home sales

Nov 4, 2020
Proposition 19 would remove a disincentive to sell property. But a decline in moving is squeezing the housing supply all over the country.
Californians cast their votes inside the historic Hollywood Pantages Theatre on Nov. 3 in Los Angeles.
David McNew/Getty Images

California ballot measure keeps "gig" in gig economy

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Prop 22 bypasses a state law that would have reshaped the gig economy.
A ride share driver participates in a protest against Proposition 22 in August in Los Angeles, California.
Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

Florida voters approve $15-an-hour minimum wage

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Hourly wages for some 2.5 million workers in the state will rise to $10 next year, then a dollar a year through 2026.
Voters cast their ballots at a fire station in Miami, Florida, on Nov. 3, 2020.
Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP via Getty Images

There's a new quarantine palette for painting houses

Nov 4, 2020
Journalist Kyle Chayka says the anxiety of this moment has people painting their walls soothing blues and greens.
Work from home has some people fed up with the color of their walls.
Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

Music from the episode

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Orchids Monster Rally

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Bridget Bodnar Producer
Daisy Palacios Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Associate Producer