In Today’s Issue 💬
- NYC won’t rehire workers fired because of the vaccine mandates
- States cutting gas taxes
- The lawsuit that sparked Florida’s anti-grooming bill
- Some headlines to keep you in the loop
NYC won’t rehire workers fired because of the vaccine mandates
Lifting mandates for the elite: New York City Mayor Eric Adams lifted the shot requirement for athletes and performers because he doesn't want them at a competitive disadvantage.
Not for city workers: With the news, Mayor Adams stated that they are not rehiring the 1,400 city workers fired earlier this year.
The double standard: Workers remain suspended without pay while millionaires get a pass. Presidents of the FDNY and NYPD unions joined in the criticism.
“If the mandate isn’t necessary for famous people, then it’s not necessary for the cops who are protecting our city in the middle of a crime crisis,” The New York City’s Police Benevolent Association said.
States are pitching in to cut gas taxes
Background: Gas prices have been rising since Biden’s election because of his anti-fossil-fuel policies, along with the recent gas volatility due to the conflict in Ukraine. The current national average is $4.24 per gallon—48% higher than last year. Some states are looking to provide relief for consumers dealing with high prices at the gas pump.
Temporary relief: States bring in a lot of revenue from taxing gas, and some states will forego the revenue and rely on budget surpluses from federal pandemic aid. These tax cuts are a band-aid for current gas prices and won’t hold costs down long-term.
- Georgia will cut its gas tax of 29 cents per gallon until June.
- Connecticut will cut its gas tax of 25 cents per gallon until July.
- Maryland will suspend its gas tax of 36 cents until mid-April.
- Florida will suspend its 25 cent tax after October.
West Virginia, California, and Ohio are considering joining the tax cuts.
The lawsuit that sparked Florida’s anti-grooming bill
Background: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis just signed Florida’s H.B. 1557, dubbed by critics the “Don’t Say Gay” bill and by proponents as an “anti-grooming” bill. The bill prevents teachers from teaching sexual identity and other LGBTQ ideologies to children in kindergarten through third grade.
The lawsuit: Florida’s H.B. 1557 was sparked by a federal civil rights lawsuit where a Florida public school groomed a 13-year-old girl to embrace a different gender identity in school settings.
The 13-year-old girl: The Littlejohn’s possibly non-binary daughter, referred to as A.G. in court filings, asked her parents to allow her to adopt a new nickname. The parents were hesitant but allowed A.G to use a nickname in school while explicitly declining the school's efforts to embrace her as non-binary.
Private meetings: The parents became aware that the school was meeting with their daughter privately and pressuring her to embrace a different gender identity at school. The child was asked to consider which bathroom she wanted to use when she had no interest in making such a decision.
“What the school district did is tantamount to saying children need to be protected from their parents, rather than by their parents,” the Littlejohns’ attorney said.
🔥 In Other News
📃 DeSantis recks Hollywood and Disney's opposition to the anti-grooming bill: “If the people who held up degenerates like Harvey Weinstein as exemplars and as heroes, if those are the types of people and all that that are opposing us on parents’ rights, I wear that like a badge of honor.”
🎤 Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock for the Oscars incident: “Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive […] I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong.”
🎥 More people watched the Oscars than last year: Viewership rose 56%, but the 2022 Oscars are still the second-lowest watched in history.
💉Roman Abramovich and Ukrainian peace negotiators suffer suspected poisoning: Mr. Abramovich, Ukrainian lawmaker Rustem Umerov and another negotiator developed symptoms following the March 3 meeting in Kyiv. The US doubts the claims of poisoning.
🇷🇺 Trump calls on Putin to release info on Hunter Biden’s dealings with oligarchs: "How is it that the mayor of Moscow, his wife gave the Biden family three and a half million dollars? I think Putin now would be willing to probably give that answer," Trump said. "I'm sure he knows.”
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