Happy Monday! Today's headlines take a look at what is currently happening around the country. New Jersey continues to have police reform bills in a pending state, New Yorkers grapple with whether to wear a mask or not, Connecticut governor allows all those who are vaccinated to go maskless in large chain stores, The Texas Association of Business burgers governor to cut unemployment benefits to force residents back to work, and the Supreme Court agrees to listen to a Roe vs. Wade challenge. These topics all grace front cover news across the country. These headlines of daily news are courtesy of Newseum.
The Star-Ledger Published in Jersey City, NJ
It was been one year since the murder of George Floyd and a handful of weeks since his killer was convicted. Many across the nation breathed a sigh of relief upon hearing the jury's verdict however, work still needs to be done. In New Jersey, where our legislature has not passed any meaningful police accountability legislation since Mr. Floyd was killed. Currently, several bills are pending in the New Jersey Legislature that seeks to recalibrate our policing system to help prevent another murder like Mr. Floyd’s from occurring. However, they have not yet been passed.
New York Times Published in New York, NY
Masks have become so much more than a health response to the pandemic but rather a political statement in many parts of the country. A map of states that enforced mask mandates corresponds closely with how people in those states voted for president. With more Americans becoming vaccinated daily and the CDC’s updated statement on the wearing of masks, while vaccinated, the status of wearing a mask has once again become a hot topic. While in the past those refusing to wear one were met with hostility those choosing to continue wearing them are meeting the same faith. In interviews, vaccinated people who continue to wear masks said they are increasingly under pressure, especially in recent days; friends and family have urged them to relax, or even have suggested that they are paranoid.
New Haven Registered Published in New Haven, CT
Last week the CDC eased mask-wearing mandates for those fully vaccinated. The statement was a surprise for many as it was a complete turnaround from previous issues from the CDC. It also brought about a lot of questions concerning exactly where people can go mask-free. In Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont said the unvaccinated (children included) should continue wearing masks indoors and that businesses can choose whether to require mask-wearing. But where allowable, people who have been fully vaccinated can stop wearing masks indoors beginning May 19, per the governor’s orders. Walmart, Target, Costco, Starbucks, and Trader Joe's are amongst the large chains no longer requiring masks.
Houston Chronicle Published in Houston, TX
The Texas Association of Business and more than three dozen other business groups are pushing Gov. Greg Abbott to cut the additional $300 in federal benefits currently going to unemployed Texans. Nearly one million Texans are slated to receive unemployment benefits this upcoming month. The cutting of benefits is seen as a way to force people back to work and address the labor shortage. Parties for this have not addressed how to handle the poor hours, lack of medical coverage, and over-taxation of minimum wage employees. GOP governors in at least 16 states have announced plans to cut benefits: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming.
Los Angeles Times, Published in Los Angeles, CA.
The Supreme Court said Monday it would hear a major challenge to the reach of the landmark Roe vs. Wade abortion ruling and decide whether states may bar nearly all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. It is the court’s first major move to reconsider abortion rights since Justice Amy Coney Barrett replaced Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Several other Republican-led states have passed laws to forbid abortions at the early stages of pregnancy, but all those measures have been blocked because of the court’s precedents on abortion. Several other Republican-led states have passed laws to forbid abortions at the early stages of pregnancy, but all those measures have been blocked because of the court’s precedents on abortion.
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