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The racist and sexist roots of child care in America explain why the system is in shambles

The pandemic decimated the child-care industry and highlighted the vast gulf in America that separates K-12 teachers from many child-care professionals when it comes to pay, job protection, and respect - a disparity rooted in race, class, gender, and nativism.... Read more»

The government gave free PPP money to public companies despite warning them not to apply

As Congress launched a bailout to keep businesses afloat at the outset of the pandemic, officials stressed that the loans were for businesses that didn’t have another easily available lifeline - instead, the government gave out generous loans to companies that may not have needed them. ... Read more»

Rural hospitals can’t find the nurses they need to fight COVID

Across the country, thousands of hospitals are overwhelmed with critically ill patients, prompting many overburdened nurses to leave the field - and the shortages are particularly dire in rural areas, because of the aging workforce and population, smaller salaries and intense workload.... Read more»

This company got a $10 million PPP loan, then closed its plant and moved jobs to Mexico

Many American businesses, such as FreightCar America, received millions in federal pandemic aid intended to protect workers, but exploited loopholes and rule changes to lay off those employees anyway. ... Read more»

The federal government will now give PPP loans to borrowers in bankruptcy

The federal government has quietly reversed course on a policy that had kept thousands of businesses from applying for pandemic economic aid, with only weeks to go before funds are expected to run out. ... Read more»

Arizona businesses get another 60 days to apply for pandemic relief assistance

Arizona business officials welcomed Tuesday’s extension of the Paycheck Protection Program, a multibillion-dollar pandemic-relief program for businesses that one official said has been “keeping people open from day to day” over the past year. The program was set to expire Wednesday with $88 billion still unallocated, but President Joe Biden signed a measure Tuesday extending it for another 60 days. Now businesses have until May 31 to apply for loans, which have been worth billions to Arizona businesses so far.... Read more»

How a federal agency excluded thousands of viable businesses from pandemic relief

The Small Business Administration refuses to give pandemic relief loans to people who have filed for bankruptcy, even if their businesses can survive. In December, Congress allowed the Small Business Administration to give exceptions to some debtors. ... Read more»

Health care, restaurant, tech companies among top PPP recipients in Arizona

The U.S. Small Business Administration initially refused to reveal the names of the businesses that received the loans, but mounting legal pressure from media outlets led to a partial release of the data, shining light on which companies and industries have gotten the loans since March.... Read more»

AZ businesses have gotten $489M in CARES Act money so far. Here’s where it’s going.

Businesses headquartered in Arizona have received roughly $489 million from the CARES Act, a $2 billion COVID-19 aid package approved by Congress last month.... Read more»

U.S. unemployment hits 18M, highest mark to date

Doling out benefits to some 18 million Americans, the Department of Labor announced Thursday that 12.4% of the U.S. were collecting insured unemployment as of last week.... Read more»

Ducey, cities want federal COVID aid

President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have questioned whether the federal government should provide aid to state and local governments that are facing massive fiscal problems as they grapple with the COVID-19 crisis, dimming the hopes of governors and mayors who have asked Congress and the White House for financial lifelines.... Read more»

418,000 jobless claims crater 10 years of new jobs in just five weeks

New jobless claims in Arizona over the past five weeks have wiped out two-thirds of the new jobs created in the state over 10 years, according to the latest numbers from the Arizona Department of Economic Security. ... Read more»

House OKs $484 billion in COVID-19 relief, loans could go out this week

Money could start flowing to distressed small businesses as early as this week, after the House overwhelmingly approved a $484 billion measure that refills the exhausted Paycheck Protection Program and adds funds for hospitals and other services. ... Read more»

Billions of relief dollars for small businesses stuck in Congress quicksand

Replenishment of a federal loan program for small businesses failed to get Senate approval Monday amid a dispute over money for coronavirus testing. ... Read more»

Senate Democrats propose hazard pay for essential workers

Senate Democrats rolled out a new plan Tuesday to hike up pay for health care workers and other essential employees on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak. ... Read more»