“We’re so far apart we don’t care.”

“We’re so far apart we don’t care.”

Coronavirus relief talks: Divisions between the GOP and Democrats remain. The White House seems to have abandoned the $1 trillion stimulus package p

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Coronavirus relief talks: Divisions between the GOP and Democrats remain. The White House seems to have abandoned the $1 trillion stimulus package put together by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday. Trump now says he wants only a short-term extension of enhanced federal unemployment benefits and to extend the federal moratorium on evictions: “The rest of it, we’re so far apart we don’t care.” Congressional Democrats have flatly rejected efforts to break the House package into pieces. Adding to the complications: McConnell appears to have backed away from talks, leaving negotiations to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. The Senate still plans to adjourn for its August recess by the end of next week.

California lawmakers consider a new tax on millionaires. Fifteen California Senate Democrats unveiled Assembly Bill 1253 to impose an income tax surcharge on Californians who earn more than $1 million annually. The new tax would be effective this year and add a 1 percent levy on income from $1 million to $2 million, 3 percent on income from $2 million to $5 million and 3.5 percent on income above $5 million. They estimate the tax could generate $6.8 billion for K-12 schools and help fund the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The measure would require a supermajority vote of both houses before the end of…



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