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Babylon Bee: China Impressed By Michigan Governor’s Totalitarian Policies

The following article originally appeared on the Babylon Bee:  BEIJING—In a candid speech Tuesday, President Xi Jinping stated he was "pretty impressed" by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer's handling of the coronavirus outbreak, specifically praising her totalitarian policies. China's dictator said he was actually a little jealous he hadn't thought of some of her ideas himself. "She has some pretty great ideas -- stopping people from gathering together even with their families, ordering people not to buy seeds -- they can't even plant their own food now! We hadn't even thought of some of these innovative approaches," the Communist president said. "We're always looking for...

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Private schools eligible for equitable services under CARES Act programs

The provisions of the CARES Act state private-school families or private schools are eligible for equitable services in emergency funding programs. And while critics argue private schools shouldn't get federal stabilization payments, keeping private schools from closing ends up benefiting both private and public schools alike....

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COVID-19 Shutdown Hasn’t Resulted In Better Air Quality, Minnesota Air Monitoring Data Shows

News outlets like  National Geographic and CNN are running stories talking about how Coronavirus-related economic shutdowns are resulting in better air quality in some cities around the world. While cities like New Delhi, Seoul, Wuhan, and Los Angeles have seen improvements in air quality resulting from widespread economic shutdowns, this same trend has not been observed in Minnesota, according to data collected by air quality monitoring stations. In fact, the data show that concentrations of small particles, often referred to as PM2.5, have been higher during the dates of the shutdown than they were in previous years despite the fact that...

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Minnesota lockdown extended for restaurants and other customer-facing businesses

Today, Governor Walz held a press conference to let the state know the next step for the stay at home order. Minnesota's stay at home order was expected to expire May 4th. Governor Walz has extended the stay at home order for some businesses like restaurants, dining places and accommodation places to May 18th. Retail places can however open for curbside delivery or pickup. Open businesses are expected and required to maintain social distancing as well as sanitizing rules. The state is focused on keeping the stay at home order in place while the hospitals increases medical capacity. This includes the...

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Small businesses are now having to compete with high unemployment benefits in order to keep workers

We have seen numerous times government policy intended to benefit some people producing some unintended negative effects.  The CARES Act is the most recent one of those policies with negative unintended effects. Workers are asking to be laid off because unemployment is simply paying better than being employed. As a country, this is something we should have expected and should accounted for. Research has proven over and over again that generous unemployment payments go a long way in making people prefer unemployment. Especially for low wage workers, unemployment insurance may pay more or at least equal to their wages, making them...

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