DeSantis revokes Disney tax district status

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DeSantis strikes against Disney and revokes its special tax district status

The Florida state legislature moved quickly to strike down Walt Disney World’s special tax district, voting 23-16 on Wednesday to revoke the company’s liens.

The bill was introduced three days ago under Governor Ron DeSantis, the Washington Post reportsan act that Sen. Tina Polsky (D) called “a huge decision based on wickedness and revenge.”

Florida lawmakers have been urged to consider ending society’s autonomy privileges after Disney condemned the controversial ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law, which bars teachers from discussing sexual orientation and gender. gender identity from kindergarten to third grade. Disney also suspended political donations.

For years, the company was one of the most vital entities in the state, employing 38 lobbyists and providing large donations to Democrats and Republicans, according to the New York Times. Walt Disney World alone generates more than $5 billion in local and state tax revenue and attracts millions of tourists to the state each year.

The bill is expected to go into effect in June 2023, after DeSantis is signed.

California grocery store workers win under new contract

Supermarket workers at some 540 Southern California stores have signed a contract to improve their work experience, AP reports.

The compromise would provide 47,000 employees with better wages, health benefits, pensions and overtime for part-time workers who are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union ( UFCW). Stores will also have to establish their own health and safety committees, a provision added after frontline workers struggled during the pandemic.

The workers had previously voted to authorize a strike after months of negotiations, but the approval of this new three-year contract avoided the conflict.

“Today, tens of thousands of essential grocery workers in Southern California ratified a contract that is a step in the direction of a brighter future for themselves and their families,” said seven UFCW locals in a joint statement. statement. “The pandemic and its deadly impact on our communities may not be over, but the essential workers who keep California grocery stores running have proven that a fair deal is possible when they are driven by solidarity. . This contract will change the lives of these workers and generations of grocery workers for years to come.

California high school students could receive a guaranteed income

Low-income San Jose high school students could receive up to $1,000 a month, according to the San Jose Spotlight reports.

The bill, sponsored by state senator Dave Cortese, would cost the state about $85 million and help up to 15,000 high school students. Statistics showing “that 25% of the homeless population were under the age of 25” inspired Cortese to propose this legislation. “Tens of thousands are students graduating senior,” he told San Jose Spotlight. “They are graduates; they did nothing to deserve to be homeless. So what are we doing to get them out of homelessness? »

In its current version, the basic income program would start immediately after graduation and last up to five months until the student starts college, vocational training or work.

The program marks one of many initiatives aimed at providing a basic income to California residents from different walks of life. Follow the other initiatives through our interactive map here.

Solcyre (Sol) Burga was an Emma Bowen Foundation Fellow with Next City for the summer of 2021. Burga is completing her degree in political science and journalism at Rutgers University, intending to graduate in May 2022. As a Newark native and immigrant, she hopes to elevate the voices of underrepresented communities in her work.

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