Mar 1, 2021

The pandemic is affecting states unequally, too

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On today's show: How high-income taxpayers are helping some states make it through the pandemic economy. Plus, Texas’ largest electricity co-op is filing for bankruptcy.

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High-income taxpayers help some states stay above water

Mar 1, 2021
Overall, state revenue is down 1.9%, but 22 states have higher revenue than a year earlier. Tech and Wall Street have helped.
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Texas' largest power co-op files for bankruptcy

Mar 1, 2021
Brazos Electric's filing could be an ominous sign as other Texas power providers assess the damage after the extreme weather.
Brazos Electric was hit with a massive bill from the grid operator after infrastructure broke down during February's deep freeze.
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Denver beauty bar was shut by pandemic before it even opened

Mar 1, 2021
"I could have never predicted that it would be this bad," says Ashlie Ordonez, owner of The Bare Bar.
"I actually sold my $12,000 anniversary ring to put towards the business," Ashlie Ordonez says of keeping her Denver salon, The Bare Bar, afloat.
Courtesy of Ashlie Ordonez

How could a revamped "bracero"program work?

Mar 1, 2021
The original program that imported Mexican labor ended in the 1960s due to rights violations. Biden and Lopez Obrador may discuss a similar plan.
The original bracero program imported Mexican workers for the agriculture and railroad industries, but it was terminated in the 1960s amid reports of human rights abuses. Biden and Lopez Obrador may discuss a similar plan.
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Industrial policy: If China does it, why can't we?

Mar 1, 2021
China is generous to its favored companies, and that has, at times, threatened industries elsewhere in the world.
Targeted subsidies for specific industries have long been part of China's strategic development. Solar energy is just one of the areas where this strategy has been used.
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As rent comes due, millions of Americans are already thousands behind

Mar 1, 2021
So where's the $25 billion in rental relief approved in the last COVID-19 relief package?
"Very little" of the $25 billion in rental assistance approved by Congress has reached renters and landlords, a housing coalition CEO says.
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Music from the episode

Bambu Chris Hazelton's Boogaloo 7
Tej The So Ons
Abstract Poetic DAO, Strehlow, Seb Zillner
Falafel Tom Misch
Mystik Tash Sultana
Someone Great LCD Soundsystem
Last Fare Little People

The team

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