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In The Tank (Ep239) – Coronavirus: Are People Fed Up?

Heartland's Donald Kendal, Justin Haskins, and Jim Lakely, are joined by Isaac Orr for episode 239 of the In The Tank Podcast. As state governments continue to crack down on citizens to combat the spread of Coronavirus, people are starting to lose their complacency. We ask, "does the government have the right to enact these restrictions?" and "are people fed up?" Also, when the government takes these actions to fight the Coronavirus, will they relinquish their power once the crisis subsides? https://soundcloud.com/user-694711047/in-the-tank-ep239-coronavirus-are-people-fed-up?in=user-694711047/sets/in-the-tank-podcast...

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Minnesota is closer to passing a bill allowing restaurants to sell alcohol to-go

On Thursday, April 16th, the Minnesota senate passed legislation that would allow alcohol to-go sales by restaurants with liquor licenses. The bill is supposed to be voted on today in the house before being sent to Governor Walz, who has indicated that he would sign the proposal into law if passed by the legislature. This bill if passed will of course be a big step in ensuring businesses gain some edge on acquiring what would otherwise be lost business. Over the past couple of weeks people and certain groups have signed petitions asking Governor Walz to consider making temporary amendments to...

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The Coronavirus crisis is highlighting a problem that existed well before the pandemic: Promised pensions states can’t afford

Given the economic devastation COVID-19 has unleashed, the cost of underfunding pensions is now even more in the spotlight. States that failed to use more than a decade of economic growth to shore up their funds will be in particularly poor shape now....

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Why small businesses tend to get the short end of the stick of any economic downturn

Whether in a recession or any activity increasing the cost of business, small businesses tend to suffer the worst of it.In the current pandemic the trend is the same; small businesses, especially service establishments, have experienced more job and business losses. A big proportion of small business have gone completely out of business and will not be opening back once the shutdown is over. A current research paper by NBER after conducting a survey on more than 5,800 small businesses found the following: First, mass layoffs and closures have already occurred. In our sample, 43 percent of businesses are temporarily closed, and...

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Metro Transit to Limit Bus Ridership During COVID-19 Outbreak

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Metro Transit will limit the number of riders who can board buses during the COVID-19 outbreak. The new policy is an admission, if not an overt one, that it is difficult to adhere to social distancing guidelines when buses are full. The article reads: Metro Transit announced new steps on Wednesday to promote social distancing on its buses, including a suggestion that passengers wear a mask or face covering while aboard. In addition, Metro Transit said only 10 passengers will be permitted on 40-foot buses, and 15 on 60-foot buses. If a bus is full, its overhead display...

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