CNN Blames Parties For COVID Upswing, Ignores Riots

H/T Bearing Arms.

According to CNN going to church, a birthday party, or a backyard BBQ is spreading COVID-19 but rioting and looting do not spread COVID -19.

COVID-19 is resurging throughout the nation. While deaths don’t seem to be going up at nearly the same pace, the illness infection rates themselves have increased significantly.

Unsurprisingly, people are asking why and the media, always eager to answer questions even if they don’t really know anything, are more than happy to step in. Sometimes, they’re stepping in means they’re stepping in it, though.

Kind of like how CNN did.

CNN published a report this week alleging that mass gatherings, including two parties, a concert, and an anti-lockdown demonstration, are fueling the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.

Notably absent from the article are mentions of the massive anti-police protests, including the Black Lives Matters demonstrations that daily and nightly fill the streets of major cities. Not even a word. How does one write an entire article about the dangers of mass gatherings without mentioning the largest mass gatherings in the country right now?

It is not an oversight.

“Large gatherings are fueling rising Covid-19 cases, but they keep happening,” reads the article’s headline.

With the coronavirus running rampant within American communities, health officials have made clear it’s not yet time to ease up on precautions,” its opening line states. “Instead, governors and experts from coast to coast have urged Americans to keep face masks in indoor public spaces, maintain their distance from others and avoid crowded spaces.”

It continues, noting that infections nationwide have surpassed 4.3 million and that the virus has killed roughly 150,000.

But “despite the grim numbers and stern warnings,” the article adds, “some Americans have chosen to return to pre-pandemic habits, ditching guidelines and attending parties.”

Meanwhile, there are large-scale protests/riots in places like Seattle and Portland–to say nothing of the massive numbers of protests/riots in other cities in recent months–where a large number of people aren’t wearing any kind of mask and social distancing is most definitely not happening. Further, the exertion of rioting increased expirations–the reason so many gyms remain closed even now–and yet there’s no mention of it.

Look, you can support the riots or you can act like everyone needs to stay locked in their homes indefinitely. You don’t get to do both here. You simply don’t.

Yes, people are ignoring the “grim numbers and stern warnings.” They’re ignoring them in part because it seems to only matter when convenient. Where were the condemnations over rioters standing just inches apart? Where were the stern warnings about any of that? There weren’t any such warnings.

In fact, we’ve had BS claims that the protests didn’t spread COVID at all. This despite the lack of any attempt to contact tracers specifically not asking about the protests.

I’m sorry, but it all sounds awfully convenient.

The truth is, protestors spread the disease just as much, if not more, than the parties being vilified. Especially since social distancing can and does happen at many of these parties.

CNN is really just trying to advance a narrative, yet again. If they’re going to ignore protests/riots as a potential vector for the spread of the disease even now, why should we take anything else they say seriously?


America’s Biggest Retailers Now Walking Back Mandatory Mask Policy

H/T Western Journal.

While major retailers have walked back their mask policy here in Indiana we are required to wear mask due to the Executive Order from our governor.

If we need a mask why do we have to stand 6 feet apart?

If we need to stand 6 feet apart why do we need a mask?

A gap is emerging between the rules as they are written and the ones that are lived out at the entrances of major American retailers.

Although many major retailers have policies in effect across every state that require shoppers to wear masks, enforcing those policies is becoming a second priority to avoiding confrontations.

Walmart, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walgreens and CVS are among those that will not bar a maskless customer, according to CNN.

Retailers got into the regulation business because navigating a changing landscape of coronavirus rules in multiple states became more of a hassle than it was worth.

“This was the right time to implement the requirement in our stores to stop the spread of coronavirus and protect workers and customers,” a Walmart representative told CNN. “Our requirement is going [to] result in many more people wearing masks than before.”

Retailers had hoped states would make it easy and declare a single standard.

“Many retailers feel like they have to act since some governors haven’t,” Melissa Murdock, spokeswoman for the Retail Industry Leaders Association, told CNN. On July 6, the group urged the National Governors Association to adopt uniform rules on wearing face coverings.

But with different states at different stages of loosening or tightening lockdown rules depending upon the spread of the coronavirus, that plea went nowhere.

A leader of a group supporting employees said the rules were always hollow.

“Either security or management needs to tell people that they must wear a face mask in order to be served. It’s no different than wearing shoes or a shirt,” said Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

If companies “are not requiring customers to wear a mask within their store, then they never had a requirement. All they had was a public relations stunt.”

Customers are pushing back — some of them literally.

According to WDBO-AM and FM in Orlando, Florida, a June episode posted to Facebook showed a man at a Florida Walmart shoving an apparently younger and much larger Walmart employee out of the way to get into a store. Although the man made it into the store, he was eventually tracked down and persuaded to leave.


After incidents like that, and numerous others recorded around the country, it’s little wonder major retailers are skittish about any confrontations between their employees and customers in a nation of more than 300 million people.

According to CNN, the men and women Walmart stations to face customers are known as health ambassadors. According to CNN, Walmart’s talking points instruct the “ambassadors” that when a customer refuses to wear a mask, despite being offered one, to “let them continue to shop.”

“With every requirement there are exceptions that have been established to avoid escalating the situation and putting our associates in harm’s way,” a Walmart representative told CNN. “Our goal is to keep associates from a physical confrontation in the stores.”

Lowe’s also said that there are limits to how aggressive employees will get.

“We will not ask our associates to put their safety at risk by confronting customers about wearing masks,” a Lowe’s representative said.

A representative of The Home Depot indicated to CNN that there is a limit to tolerance of customer stubbornness, and said “if a customer becomes combative or habitually refuses to comply, we’ll take further action to prevent them from entering our stores.”

Leslie Dach, former Walmart executive vice president of corporate affairs and government relations, said the mask policy is not just about health.

“Customers want to shop at places they feel safe,” he said. “Having customers wear masks protects employees and protects customers.”

GOP Unveils Proposed, Next Round of Corona Stimulus

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

The DemocRats in the House will say this is not enough money.

Senate Republicans on Monday officially unveiled details of their proposal for the latest round of coronavirus stimulus, officially igniting last-minute negotiations overshadowed by a still-turbulent economy.

The GOP plan includes roughly $1 trillion in new spending meant primarily to shore up the flagging market, as unemployment persists over 10 percent. At the same time, it sets a far less expansive spending agenda than the House Democrats’ plan that was introduced in May and contains over $3 trillion in spending proposals.

That sets up what is likely to be a chaotic week of inter-party and inter-branch negotiations. Congress will face additional pressure thanks to the pending expiration of the earlier-passed federal expansion of unemployment insurance, which will elapse at the end of the month. Yet that same expansion, as well as other proposed measures, may run afoul of opposition even within the Senate GOP, particularly among fiscal hawks wary of an exploding deficit.

The proposal’s most contentious portion is likely to be its changes to federal supplementation of unemployment insurance. In August and September, the GOP plan will guarantee payment of $200 per month to those on unemployment over and above their state payments; in October that would transition to guaranteeing wage replacement of 70 percent to those without a job, up to $500 a month.

That’s a major cut to the status quo under the CARES Act, passed in March, which paid out an additional $600 per month—essentially guaranteeing a $15 per hour replacement wage. Democrats want to preserve that arrangement, while some Republicans worry that it is discouraging workers from returning to the workforce, contributing to a slowed economic recovery. The $200 approach is also a stop-gap, as many states work to adapt outdated unemployment systems to cope with making a fixed percentage payout.

The GOP proposal would also include another round of $1,200 stimulus checks to Americans making less than $75,000 a year, including another $500 for all dependents. And it would push billions to local schools in the process of reopening, further fund the popular Paycheck Protection Program, and create a five-year legal liability shield for employers who fear being sued over coronavirus safety.

Conspicuously absent from the proposal is more money for state and local governments, an ongoing source of tension with Democrats who fear the downstream fiscal impact of impending state financial insolvency. But it would increase flexibility for how states spend the $150 billion already allocated to them under the CARES act.

All of these proposals represent Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R., Ky.) counterproposal to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (D., Calif.) $3.5 trillion proposal from May. A final bill will likely meet somewhere in between, and will also seek the approval of White House negotiators.

But the coming week’s negotiations may pit not only party against party, but party members against each other. The GOP package was originally expected on Thursday, but delayed as final details were hashed out, following a heated Senate GOP lunch last week where Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) raised fears about the ballooning deficit, while Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) argued that bringing a halt to spending could spell electoral doom.

Some House Democrats, meanwhile, were unhappy with Pelosi’s original package. Several more moderate members described the bill as “little more than an effort to appease the most liberal members of the caucus” back in May.

All of that adds up to what is likely to be a contentious week of negotiations on Capitol Hill, especially as a second wave of coronavirus infections likely slows the surprisingly swift economic rebound in June. With unemployment payments lapsing and rent coming due, legislators will likely face pressure to act swiftly to forestall economic and social catastrophe.

Health Service Blames ‘Error’ Afte Telling 600,000 Healthy People They’d Had COVID-19

H/T Western Journal.

Heads need to roll because of this foul-up.

More than 600,000 military-connected Americans affiliated with the Tricare health plan were told in error Friday that they had been diagnosed with COVD-19.

The individuals and families were in the military health system’s East Region, according to

The foul-up began when beneficiaries received an email that began with some very jarring news.

“As a survivor of COVID-19, it’s safe to donate whole blood or blood plasma, and your donation could help other COVID-19 patients,” the email stated.

The email then went on to explain itself.

“Your plasma likely has antibodies (or proteins) present that might help fight the coronavirus infection. Currently, there is no cure for COVID-19. However, there is information that suggests plasma from COVID-19 survivors, like you, might help some patients recover more quickly from COVID-19,” it said.

A few hours later, Humana Military, which manages Tricare across 31 states and the District of Columbia, tried to calm the waters it had roiled.

“In an attempt to educate beneficiaries who live close to convalescent plasma donation centers about collection opportunities, you received an email incorrectly suggesting you were a COVID-19 survivor. You have not been identified as a COVID-19 survivor and we apologize for the error and any confusion it may have caused,” Humana’s email said.

According to Military Times, Marvin Hill, Humana’s corporate communications lead, said the company apologized “for the confusion caused by the original message.

The initial, potentially panic-inducing message went to some of those living near a plasma collection facility and was not based “on any medical information or diagnosis,” Hill said.

Plasma from individuals who have had COVID-19, which is called “convalescent plasma,” can be used as a possible treatment for the disease.

“As a part of an effort to educate military beneficiaries about convalescent plasma donation opportunities, Humana was asked to assist our partner, the Defense Health Agency. Language used in email messages to approximately 600k beneficiaries gave the impression that we were attempting to reach only people who had tested positive for COVID-19. We quickly followed the initial email with a clear and accurate second message acknowledging this. We apologize,” Hill said in a statement, Military Times reported.

Donors are needed to fuel a study about the effectiveness of convalescent plasma.

“Our goal is to encourage all personnel who have fully recovered from COVID-19 to donate their convalescent plasma as a way to help their friends, family, or colleagues who may be suffering from the disease now or who may contract the disease in the future. The need is now,” Army Col. Audra Taylor, chief of the Armed Services Blood Program, told Military Times.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved convalescent plasma as an investigational therapy in March for those hospitalized with the illness, and more than 35,000 patients in the U.S. have received it.

To date, there have been “encouraging reports and a lot of mechanistic reasoning that in fact convalescent plasma may be helpful,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration, according to Military Times.

“These studies are being done as we speak … we need donors. Blood drives are ongoing, and the U.S. government will be trying to accelerate these drives for convalescent plasma,” Woodcock said.

Why Wasn’t Dr. Fauci Wearing a Mask at the Baseball Game?

H/T Todd Starnes.

Like all of the liberal elite Dr. Grouchy err Fauci it is the rules are for thee but not me.

Why wasn’t Dr. Anthony Fauci wearing a face mask at the Washington Nationals baseball game Thursday night?

That’s the question a lot of Americans have been asking – wondering if there’s a double standard when it comes to who has to wear a face burka and who doesn’t.

After Fauci had thrown out the Opening Day pitch he was invited to watch the game in the stands — something the average baseball fan is no longer permitted to do.

Associated Press photographer Alex Brandon captured an image of Fauci sitting in the stands with two other people. He was not wearing a mask and he was not social distancing.

Not only was Dr. Fauci violating his own protocols, but he was also breaking the law.

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser enacted a strict mask ordinance requiring people over the age of two to wear a face burka in public.

We will let you know if Dr. Fauci was fined $1,000.


Cal Thomas: A Few ‘Experts’ Shouldn’t Get To Shut Down Life for the Rest of Us

H/T Western Journal.

Why should we believe Dr.Fauci every time he has opened his mouth he has been proven wrong.

The on-again, off-again opening and closing of restaurants in Miami has angered restaurant owners in the area. Last week, 30 of them gathered to protest the latest shutdown order by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, a Republican.

Nick Sharp, who owns three restaurants, said of the mayor’s latest closure order: “It’s moronic. It’s idiotic. It doesn’t make any sense.”

The owners say they have complied with previous dictates limiting them to 50 percent indoor capacity, hand washing and masks on servers, but were still ordered to close.

If such measures are supposed to protect people from getting the virus, why does Mayor Gimenez now deem them insufficient? It makes one wonder if the “experts” and politicians can be fully trusted.

Mitchell Sanchez, co-owner of Latin House, told WSVN-TV, “It was a decision that was made in haste, definitely with no science backing it.” The owners are also angry that Gimenez’s decision was made without consulting other area mayors, some of whom oppose his edict.

After the protest, Gimenez partially reversed himself, saying outside dining, as well as takeout, would be “allowed,” which underscores for many the arbitrariness of it all. Outside dining is also problematic due to Miami’s sometimes heavy summer thunderstorms.

In an email to Mayor Gimenez he shared with me, Nick Sharp said: “We demand that our elected officials show specific data on how indoor dining rooms are responsible for the spikes [in COVID-19 cases]. Without this data, we insist that restaurant dining rooms re-open, countywide, immediately.”

Some restaurants in South Florida are permanently closed and employees lost their jobs after the last shutdown. Owners still in business believe many of them will not survive the current closure, causing additional job losses, along with severe impacts on supply chain food distributors, the local economy and state taxes.

In a phone interview, I asked Sharp how long his restaurants could survive this latest closure. “Maybe one month,” he replied.

He said 25 other mayors in the region oppose Gimenez’s directive and that Gimenez “never consulted with anyone.”

Sharp was just getting started: “[Mayor Gimenez] gives no solution to reducing the positivity rate, other than ‘public responsibility.’ That’s the only solution he offers. That’s what we have now, and it isn’t working.”

It is unfair to single out a single and prosperous industry for special treatment, especially when there is no scientific consensus or reason for doing so.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, an eye doctor who contracted COVID-19 in March and recovered after self-quarantining, recently said at a Senate hearing: “It is a fatal conceit to believe any one person or small group of people has the knowledge necessary to direct an economy or dictate public health behavior. I think government health experts during this pandemic need to show caution in their prognostications.

“It’s important to realize that if society meekly submits to an expert, and that expert is wrong, a great deal of harm may occur … when we allow one man’s policy or one group of small men or women to be foisted on an entire nation.”

That is a good model, not only for Miami-Dade County, but also for the rest of Florida and the nation. One size doesn’t fit all, and neither should the opinions of a few “experts” dictate to everyone, especially when other scientists and political leaders have differing opinions.

The economy and health of the country are at stake and decisions made now could harm or help America for decades.

NBC Contributor Reveals He Never Had Coronavirus After Network Documented His Recovery

H/T  The Washington Free Beacon.

NBC is the king of fake news.

An NBC medical expert who was brought on air nearly a dozen times to detail his struggle with COVID-19 never had the virus, he revealed this week.

After believing he had the coronavirus in spite of getting negative tests, virologist and NBC News science contributor Dr. Joseph Fair tweeted Tuesday that he had tested negative for the antibodies and that the illness that hospitalized him in May “remains an undiagnosed mystery.” Steve Krakauer reported on the developments for his Fourth Watch newsletter.

Fair appeared on Today from a New Orleans hospital bed in May 14, where he speculated he got the virus through his eyes while on a packed flight two weeks earlier. This happened, he said, despite taking precautions like wearing a mask and gloves.

Today host Hoda Kotb noted during the interview that Fair had received four negative tests for the virus but said, “clearly you have it.” Fellow host Craig Melvin called Fair’s “false negative” tests “scary,” and cohost Savannah Guthrie called it a “cautionary tale.”

Fair speculated his tests came back negative because he delayed going to the hospital for more than a week when he first felt ill, and he said his doctors felt he must have the virus.

“I was a very healthy person. I exercise five to six days a week,” he said. “If it can take even me down, it can take anybody down.”

He was featured that night on NBC Nightly News, where he encouraged citizens to wear protective eyewear in addition to a facemask.

On May 18, Fair appeared on Deadline: White House along with a chyron reading, “Breaking News: NBC News Contributor Updates On His Battle With COVID-19.” He said he felt increasingly sick from flu-like symptoms and eventually called an ambulance. His breathing grew so constricted, he said, that he had a panic attack.

On June 14, he appeared on Meet the Press to discuss his recovery, where Fair said it was the “worst I’ve ever felt.”

“I did not expect if I got COVID-19 that I would get that ill,” he said.

NBC News still has an uncorrected story on its website from May 14 with the headline, “Virologist hospitalized with coronavirus believes he got it through his eyes.”

Trump Insists on Slashing Payroll Taxes in Next COVID Relief Bill

H/T Western Journal.

Bravo, Mr.President hang tough on the payroll tax cut.

President Donald Trump has renewed his push for a payroll tax cut as part of a new coronavirus stimulus package, signaling to Republicans that he would not sign the next package without it, according to reports quoting sources close to the issue.

“As he has done since the beginning of this pandemic, President Trump wants to provide relief to hardworking Americans who have been impacted by this virus, and one way of doing that is with a payroll tax holiday,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement, according to The Washington Post.

“He’s called on Congress to pass this before, and he believes it must be part of any phase four package,” Deere said.

The payroll tax is the 7.65 percent taken out of workers’ paychecks that funds the Social Security and Medicare trust funds.

Three sources familiar with the matter told Politico that the president will not sign a new stimulus package without the inclusion of a payroll tax cut

White House economic adviser Stephen Moore seemed to have confirmed these speculations in an interview with The Post on Thursday.

“High-ranking White House officials have told me that we will not sign a phase four deal without a payroll tax cut,” Moore said.

“I have talked to several high-level people in the White House who said the president will not sign [the legislation] if it does not include a payroll tax cut.”

It is unclear if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will include a payroll tax cut in the legislation he plans to propose next week, but Democrats have been critical of the idea.

A payroll tax cut would do nothing to help the 20 million workers who have lost their jobs, and little for those working significantly reduced hours,” Sen. Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on the Finance Committee, told The Post.

“Another payroll tax cut for employers would also shower the country’s wealthiest corporations with billions of dollars,” Wyden said.

The renewed push illustrates the challenges Congress faces in negotiating another coronavirus relief package.

Senate Republicans are pushing for an overhaul to liability laws as part of a temporary set of legal protections for businesses, schools and other organizations, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“I’m not going to put a bill on the floor of the Senate that doesn’t have liability protection in it,” McConnell said during an event in Kentucky on Wednesday.

“This would protect hospitals, doctors, nurses, businesses, universities, colleges, K-12, everyone dealing with coronavirus who acted in good faith,” he said.

Democrats want to include state and local funding, as well as enhanced unemployment benefits, in the next bill, according to Politico.

Negotiations will start next week after both chambers of Congress come back from a two-week recess.

FOX 35 Investigation Reveals Inflated Florida Coronavirus Numbers

H/T Breitbart.

Who is responsible for these numbers being inflated and why?

How many more states numbers are being inflated and why?

A FOX 35 investigation released on Monday discovered an inflation of coronavirus cases by the Florida Department of Health. The Sunshine State’s health authorities misreported the number of persons testing positive for coronavirus in its aggregation and publication of test results from laboratories.

FOX 35 anchor Charles Billi explained the impetus for the investigation. He said, “We found numerous labs that are only reporting positive test results, so they show a 100-percent positivity rate. That got our attention.”

According to the latest publication of statewide test results from the Florida Department of Health, published on Friday, several testing facilities’ positivity rates for coronavirus tests were 27.66, 33.33, 37.10, 40, 43.13, 44.44, 50, 55, 57.14, 59.23, 60, 87.5, 91.18, and 100.

Twenty-two labs reported 100-percent positivity rates. Two labs reported 91.18-percent positivity rates.

The Florida Department of Health’s stated positivity rates and associated volume of coronavirus cases does not match claims made by the testing facilities, reported FOX 35:

Countless labs have reported a 100 percent positivity rate, which means every single person tested was positive. Other labs had very high positivity rates. FOX 35 found that testing sites like Centra Care reported that 83 people were tested and all tested positive. Then, NCF Diagnostics in Alachua reported 88 percent of tests were positive.

How could that be? FOX 35 News investigated these astronomical numbers, contacting every local location mentioned in the report.

The report showed that Orlando Health had a 98 percent positivity rate. However, when FOX 35 News contacted the hospital, they confirmed errors in the report. Orlando Health’s positivity rate is only 9.4 percent, not 98 percent as in the report.

“The report also showed that the Orlando Veteran’s Medical Center had a positivity rate of 76 percent,” added FOX 35. “A spokesperson for the VA told FOX 35 News on Tuesday that this does not reflect their numbers and that the positivity rate for the center is actually 6 percent.”

The outlet added:

“FOX 35 News went on to speak with the Florida Department of Health on Tuesday. They confirmed that although private and public laboratories are required to report positive and negative results to the state immediately, some have not. Specifically, they said that some smaller, private labs were not reporting negative test result data to the state.”

FOX 35’s Robert Guaderrama is awaiting a response from state officials regarding the health department’s errors:

Florida has a statewide positivity rate of 12.5 percent, according to the state’s latest claims of 266,119 “confirmed cases” among Florida residents against a state population of nearly 21.5 million.

State and Local Governments Ponder Massive Tax Hikes, in Response to COVID Budget Hit

H/T Western Journal.

Why should taxpayers be held responsible for lost tax revenue because states and cities decide to shut the economy down?

Shutdowns of business amid the coronavirus pandemic have left many American families financially destitute, and now elected officials across the country are considering tax hikes in order to fill budget shortfalls as government, too, is feeling the strain.

Since March, when state and local officials nationwide enacted strict measures to restrict contact between people and thus throttled commerce, millions of Americans have lost their jobs.

The shutdowns were sure to have far-reaching effects, as those who were not earning and spending money could not pay the taxes that funded state and municipal programs.

According to numerous reports, many of these civic leaders intend to shore up their budgets by raising taxes on people who might be finally returning to work, and are doing little to cut government excess in order to avoid passing the buck.

The Dallas City Council, for example, voted six weeks ago to raise property taxes by 3.5 percent.

KXAS-TV reported the citizens of Dallas might be getting off easy, as the council did not exercise an option to increase property taxes up by as much as 8 percent.

The outlet reported the decision to raise property taxes came as the city found itself with a $25 million budget hole, which will be plugged by taxing those who have already sacrificed so much in the name of public health.

Budgetary deficits, though, are not limited to Dallas.

In Chicago, for example, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is seeking a way to make up for a $700 million budget shortfall.

WMAQ-TV reported that leaders in Chicago, like those in Dallas, intend to make some of that lost tax revenue back by raising property taxes.

With the city’s hospitality sector essentially shuttered and big events canceled and thus not available to bring revenue to Chicago, the city government will seek to make up the budget shortfall through increased taxes.

“While this budget shortfall is grim, what would have been worse is if we had seen more people die … if we hadn’t sheltered in place,” Lightfoot said, per WMAQ.

In other areas of the country where the consumption of goods and services had at one point ground to a near halt, leaders intend to make up the loss in tax revenue by targeting the pockets of citizens who had no say in how leaders were, in some cases, arguably overzealous in their mandates to close businesses amid the pandemic.

In Seattle, which has seen its business community devastated by closures in the name of public health, even amid mass public protests, the City Council recently approved a measure to take in $7 million in annual payroll taxes.

Blaming the coronavirus, the “JumpStart Seattle” tax will require businesses to pay up to 2.4 percent on local employees who earn more than $150,000.

Meanwhile, in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy and Democrats in the state legislature are seeking to borrow $10 billion to help make up for a $20 billion budget deficit.

State Republicans intend to fight the loan, but Murphy says it is the only way the Garden State can avoid raising property taxes, according to

“I think everybody recognizes the need for the borrowing, as painful as it is,” Murphy, a Democrat, said. “We know we don’t have a choice, even with federal cash, even with revenues.”

Murphy also did not rule out raising taxes on his citizens.

The Washington Post reported that Murphy said “everything is on the table” with regard to shoring up the state’s budget.

In neighboring New York, Senate Bill S8277 has been proposed to make the state’s billionaires make up for the state’s budget deficit.

The bill would target anyone worth more than $1 billion and would view capital gains as income while also taxing unrealized capital gains.

SB S8277 would essentially redistribute that wealth to citizens who do not qualify for unemployment or other relief programs.

The New York bill, described as the “billionaire mark to market tax act,” would establish “a billionaire mark to market tax taxing residents with $1 billion dollars or more in net assets and directs revenue from such tax into a worker bailout fund; establishes a worker bailout program providing workers traditionally excluded from wage protection programs access to unemployment benefits.”

While many state and local governments are turning to citizens for a bailout, one Southwest Texas city has taken that idea off the table.

El Paso, like other cities, is feeling the strain of economic downturn because of business closures amid the pandemic, but City Manager Tommy Gonzalez said the city will not pass the buck on to embattled families and businesses, KFOX-TV reported.

“No increase in the tax rate,” Gonzalez told the outlet. “We really feel like we need to go slower and give our citizens a break and give our businesses a break. We think if they recover it will help the citizens recover as well.”

He said the city would find a solution that seeks to work for everyone.

“We are tightening our belts also,” Gonzalez said.