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Study: American Rescue Plan allocates $2 billion to counties that don’t exist or don’t have fiscal problems

Study: American Rescue Plan allocates $2 billion to counties that don’t exist or don’t have fiscal problems

Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – The Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation has calculated that about $2 billion worth of taxpayer money from the Democratic-passed American Rescue Plan Act is allocated to local governments that don’t exist or aren’t in financial distress. The act is a $1.9 trillion spending plan that President Joe […]

Defund the police movement contributed to rise in violence, experts say

Defund the police movement contributed to rise in violence, experts say

By Casey Harper | The Center Square (The Center Square) – Calls to defund the police have once again been thrust into the national spotlight after a string of high profile police shootings, but data show the rallying cry for police reformers may not hold water. After the death of Daunte Wright at the hands of […]

Abbott calls for Biden to label Mexican cartels as terrorist organizations as Texas ranchers fend off criminals

Abbott calls for Biden to label Mexican cartels as terrorist organizations as Texas ranchers fend off criminals

Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris asking them to designate Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations. The cartels are bringing terror into Texas communities, Abbott said in his fourth letter to the administration about […]

‘Return to learn’ tracker: 42% of U.S. school districts are providing full in-person instruction

‘Return to learn’ tracker: 42% of U.S. school districts are providing full in-person instruction

Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – About 42% of more than 8,500 public school districts in the country have returned to full in-person instruction, according to a “Return to Learn” tracker developed by the American Enterprise Institute and the College Crisis Initiative of Davidson College. Iowa and Florida, which are fully reopened, […]

Beyond pension debts, California owes $183.6 billion in public-employee retirement benefits

Beyond pension debts, California owes $183.6 billion in public-employee retirement benefits

The Center Square  Net liabilities in California for so-called other post-employment benefits (OPEBs), which consist mainly of health care obligations to retired public employees, stood at about $183.6 billion in fiscal-year 2019, according to a new analysis from the Reason Foundation.  With a population of 39,512,223, the state posted a per-capita OPEB liability of $4,647, which […]

Newsom removes attendance limitations on houses of worship after Supreme Court reprimand

Newsom removes attendance limitations on houses of worship after Supreme Court reprimand

Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom removed his restriction placing attendance limits on houses of worship two days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the state’s home bible study restrictions. Newsom said Monday that “mandatory limits on attendance are no longer imposed on houses of worship.” “That […]

Orange County digital vaccine passport program receives backlash

Orange County digital vaccine passport program receives backlash

Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – Orange County officials are launching a taxpayer-funded vaccine passport pilot program, while a state Republican lawmaker introduced legislation to ban the practice. While the Orange County Health Care Agency says its new digital vaccine passport will “enable individuals to participate safely and with peace of mind […]

CBP: 172,000 illegal immigrant crossings in March, situation ‘horrific to see’

CBP: 172,000 illegal immigrant crossings in March, situation ‘horrific to see’

Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, met with Republican lawmakers this week to explain the nature of the problem Border Patrol is facing on a daily basis. “I would argue that it’s the biggest surge that we’ve ever seen in the […]

U.S. Supreme Court overturns California’s restrictions on in-home religious activities

U.S. Supreme Court overturns California’s restrictions on in-home religious activities

By Dan McCaleb | The Center Square   (The Center Square) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled late Friday that California’s COVID-19 restrictions on in-home religious gatherings, limiting worship to families from a maximum of three households, could not continue. In the 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court reversed a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling allowing […]

As California braces for another wildfire season, Newsom proposes $536 million in prevention efforts

As California braces for another wildfire season, Newsom proposes $536 million in prevention efforts

Bethany Blankley | The Center Square (The Center Square) – After a record-breaking 4.1 million acres were scorched by wildfires in California last year, the state is bracing for another potentially deadly season due to worsening drought conditions and higher than normal temperatures, Gov. Gavin Newsom says. “We had world record-breaking high temperatures in our own […]