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Babylon Bee: Governors Reinstate Lockdowns To Combat Recovering Economy

The following article originally appeared in The Babylon Bee U.S.—Governors across the country have reinstated lockdowns mere weeks after slowly starting to lift them, citing a "concerning spike" in jobs and the economy. Worried that the increase in jobs, prosperity, and happiness would hurt them in November, they reacted to the economic upturn quickly, shutting down businesses and locking people back in their homes. "We can't let this economic spike continue," said California Governor Gavin Newsom. "That would go against SCIENCE. The SCIENTISTS say that locking down an entire population is the best way to prevent dangerous economic spikes." "Also, we wanted to mention that...

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The childcare industry needs more than financial assistance, it needs regulation reform

There are a lot of issues with childcare that go beyond financial fragility. These issues will plague the childcare industry long after the pandemic is gone. Unfortunately, the state of Minnesota has not made much effort into addressing some of these issues.  While the additional funds will be helpful for the successful few applicants selected, these funds can only do so much even for the eligible providers. Sooner or later the state will have to grapple with the need to reform regulation. Overregulation has been one of the leading reasons for the exit of many providers in the last couple...

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Florida’s Occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act will reduce or eliminate licensing requirements for multiple professions

In a positive turn of events, the state of Florida has passed a law that makes it easier for some professions to do their jobs. The law, which is called the occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act, effectively reduces or eliminates licensing requirements for multiple professions. This is one of the biggest licensing reforms ever undertaken by any state and it will go a long way in reducing unemployment and increasing entrepreneurship in the state....

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New research from the U of M highlights the rural-urban divide associated with access to childcare services

Generally, there is a crisis that has been brewing in Minnesota; parents lack access to childcare services, and in the case that they have access, they can rarely afford to pay tuition. This crisis, however, affects different regions differently. And rural areas suffer the most when it comes to accessing childcare services, as showcased by the map....

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Target raised its minimum wage only because it can afford to do so; small businesses cannot

Target is a big company, during the pandemic it did not face as much disruption to business as did most small businesses. Henceforth, Target can afford to pay its employees $15 an hr. But Target should not be the baseline for minimum wage. Small businesses cannot afford the minimum wage. It hurts their bottom line during normal times.  Now it will be even harder for small businesses to recover now while paying their workers $15 an hour....

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