Editorial: Shocking new rates for homeowners insurance threaten Florida's economy
Florida homeowners, already facing an anxious few months because of the COVID-19 pandemic, face a new threat — the prospect of major cost increases for property insurance.As the Sun Sentinel reported Sunday, the increases could range from 30% to 40%. They would come just as Gov. Ron DeSantis has ended the moratorium on mortgage foreclosures. It also seems likely that Senate Republicans won’t pass a second COVID-19 stimulus bill that could help laid-off homeowners pay their insurance premiums.How will the Florida Legislature respond? If history is a guide, the priority will be to please the ins...
Ford taps Jon Huntsman Jr., former diplomat to Russia, for board of directors
Jon Huntsman Jr., who ran against Mitt Romney in 2012 for the GOP presidential nomination, has rejoined the board of directors at Ford Motor Co., the company announced Thursday.Huntsman, 60, was first elected to be a Ford director in 2012. He stepped off the board in September 2017 to become a senior diplomat to Russia for two years under President DonaldTrump. Huntsman had served as U.S. ambassador to China from 2009-2011 under then-President Barack Obama, and previously ambassador to Singapore under presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.Huntsman is widely praised by industry observer...
Detroit Free Press
US lawmakers demand Trump administration support free, fair elections in Haiti
MIAMI — Rep. Frederica Wilson is calling on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to clarify recent comments by a top State Department official on elections in Haiti that have been widely criticized as an attack on the country’s opposition and civic groups, and a dismissal of widespread concerns about the legitimacy of the process.Last month a senior State Department official warned political opponents of Haitian President Jovenel Moise and members of civil society that they could face “consequences” if they stand in the way of the electoral process. The official’s comments was in response to a ...
36,000 immigrants in Florida won't get their citizenship in time to vote, data show
MIAMI — Up to 300,000 lawful permanent residents nationwide — about 36,000 of them in Florida — will be prevented from completing their naturalization process in time to vote in the upcoming November election, data show.The staggering government data — analyzed by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Boundless Immigration, a non-partisan tech company that helps immigrants obtain green cards and citizenship — shows that immigration policies implemented by the Trump administration since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis slowed down naturalization applications, creating a record backlog in a ti...
Still slammed by unemployment, states try to avoid tax hikes
As a historic wave of layoffs continues, states are grappling with evaporating funds for unemployment benefits that could force cuts to those payments or hikes in business taxes.Thirty-one states already are dipping into federal CARES Act dollars or seeking federal loans to keep money in the unemployment coffers. Those and other states also are considering legislation or other actions to fend off business tax increases triggered by high jobless payouts.Unemployment insurance trust funds are paid for by business taxes and pay out benefits to laid-off workers. If the funds start to run out of mo...
Pelosi downplays chance for coronavirus relief package
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday doused hopes that Congress and the White House could reach an agreement on a stand-alone coronavirus stimulus bill to bail out the crippled airline industry.The California Democrat insisted that she would only consider an airline support bill — estimated at $25 billion — as part of talks for a full-blown stimulus plan that would cost about $2 trillion.“There is not stand-alone bill without a bigger bill,” Pelosi said.“Tomorrow, by the way, tomorrow, come here tomorrow. We’re going to be talking about the 25th Amendment,” she said without further comment.She ...
New York Daily News
Trump adviser Stephen Miller tests positive for COVID-19
Stephen Miller, a senior White House adviser responsible for some of President Donald Trump’s most extreme immigration policies, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, he told the Daily News in a statement.Miller, 35, said he has been working from home since Friday, when Trump shocked the nation by announcing that he and the first lady had tested positive for the respiratory virus that’s killed more than 210,000 Americans.“I have been working remotely and self-isolating, testing negative every day through yesterday. Today, I tested positive for COVID-19 and am in quarantine,” Miller said in ...
New York Daily News
Commentary: Farms need more than 'Trump money'
There’s a term swirling around the countryside these days: “Trump money.” It refers to the growing pile of subsidies hitting farm country during this election year.At a recent campaign rally in Wisconsin, President Donald Trump announced a new $13 billion federal aid package. It will benefit farmers through another round of payments from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, a $16 billion relief package overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Coupled together, we’re entering record-breaking territory on farm subsidies.Don’t get me wrong, these payments are deeply appreciated. Here i...
Tribune News Service
ICE puts up billboards denouncing sanctuary policies for immigrants in cities like Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA — ICE officials have launched a billboard campaign in Pennsylvania that they say will educate the public about the dangers of sanctuary policies in places like Philadelphia.It comes about three weeks after Amnesty International USA erected billboards in American cities, including one near the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Center City, to demand freedom for immigrants being held in family detention centers.The Trump administration and Mayor Jim Kenney have warred over sanctuary policies, in particular the validity of agency-issued requests, known as detainers, to ho...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The Week Ahead: Testing market confidence in profits and politics
President Trump’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis doesn’t change the market’s convictions in two things: that there will be another federal stimulus bill and that corporate profits are recovering.The latter conviction is better grounded than the former. Yet it’s the faith that more stimulus is coming that may be tested in the week ahead without meaningful evidence.The bulk of quarterly corporate earnings results still are a few weeks away. Confidence is high that the third quarter was not the mess business experienced in the springtime. Sure, the pandemic continues: Shutdowns and re-openings added...