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There are plenty of reasons to get angry about President Biden’s Executive Order to transfer about $300 billion in student loan debt to taxpayers. A few of the major themes highlighted in recent commentary include:
There are plenty of reasons to get angry about President Biden’s Executive Order to transfer about $300 billion in student loan debt to taxpayers. A few of the major themes highlighted in recent commentary include:
 
THE PRESIDENT: Hey, folks. Well, good afternoon. When America made 12 years of public education universal in the last century, we became — not figuratively, literally — the best-educated public in the world and better prepared than any other nation.
THE PRESIDENT: Hey, folks. Well, good afternoon. When America made 12 years of public education universal in the last century, we became — not figuratively, literally — the best-educated public in the world and better prepared than any other nation.
 
MR. HASAN: Hi, everyone, this is Abdullah from the White House. Thanks for joining today’s background briefing on the student loans announcement.
MR. HASAN: Hi, everyone, this is Abdullah from the White House. Thanks for joining today’s background briefing on the student loans announcement.
 
North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt proposes using COVID-19 relief funds to cover principal pay gap.
North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt proposes using COVID-19 relief funds to cover principal pay gap.
 
Black farmers are starting to wonder if they will receive the debt forgiveness that they had been promised after a measure was passed last year to prioritize them for such action.
Black farmers are starting to wonder if they will receive the debt forgiveness that they had been promised after a measure was passed last year to prioritize them for such action.
 
N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein is asking the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to block a challenged state law against campaign lies. Stein seeks a ruling by Friday.
N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein is asking the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to block a challenged state law against campaign lies. Stein seeks a ruling by Friday.
 
Inflation continues to ravage household budgets. According to the latest release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Consumer Price Index rose 8.5% over the last year.
Inflation continues to ravage household budgets. According to the latest release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Consumer Price Index rose 8.5% over the last year.
 
A previously deported illegal alien pleaded guilty this week to charges including identity theft and benefits fraud in part relating to aid given during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A previously deported illegal alien pleaded guilty this week to charges including identity theft and benefits fraud in part relating to aid given during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
North Carolina schools received over $6 billion in funding to remedy the impacts of the covid-19 pandemic on students and schools.
North Carolina schools received over $6 billion in funding to remedy the impacts of the covid-19 pandemic on students and schools.
 
New budget in VA includes about $4 billion in tax relief
New budget in VA includes about $4 billion in tax relief
 
What is happening to all that money Wake County Schools (WCPSS) is getting for covid relief?
 
North Carolina's largest hospital systems profited from billions COVID relief funds and Medicare payments.
North Carolina's largest hospital systems profited from billions COVID relief funds and Medicare payments.
 
Did you know that the U.S. Department of Education is encouraging colleges and universities to use their COVID-19 relief funds for student mental health programs?
Did you know that the U.S. Department of Education is encouraging colleges and universities to use their COVID-19 relief funds for student mental health programs?
 
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Aging and Adult Services is partnering with the N.C. Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers to distribute fans to eligible recipients through Operation Fan Heat Relief May 1–Oct. 31.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Aging and Adult Services is partnering with the N.C. Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers to distribute fans to eligible recipients through Operation Fan Heat Relief May 1–Oct. 31.
 
N.C. State Auditor Beth Wood’s office recently issued an audit that shows millions of dollars of Hurricane Florence disaster recovery funds were distributed with limited monitoring and/or without ensuring all recipients had a method to measure the results.
N.C. State Auditor Beth Wood’s office recently issued an audit that shows millions of dollars of Hurricane Florence disaster recovery funds were distributed with limited monitoring and/or without ensuring all recipients had a method to measure the results.
 
Six billion dollars — remember that number. The North Carolina Pandemic Recovery Office says that’s how much money our state has received for K-12 Covid-19 relief via the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief Act (ESSER).
Six billion dollars — remember that number. The North Carolina Pandemic Recovery Office says that’s how much money our state has received for K-12 Covid-19 relief via the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief Act (ESSER).
 
Currently, North Carolina public schools are sitting on over $4 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding. And the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) wants school boards to begin spending it.
Currently, North Carolina public schools are sitting on over $4 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding. And the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) wants school boards to begin spending it.
 
New Treasury guidance on state and local Covid relief spending is a nod to government and a flippant disregard of taxpayers and small businesses.
New Treasury guidance on state and local Covid relief spending is a nod to government and a flippant disregard of taxpayers and small businesses.
 
Tucked into the new state budget are billions of dollars from Washington for Covid relief. The American Rescue Plan Act, for example, sent $5.4 billion to the state.
Tucked into the new state budget are billions of dollars from Washington for Covid relief. The American Rescue Plan Act, for example, sent $5.4 billion to the state.
 
One of the terrorists responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing received a $1,400 COVID relief check last summer that federal prosecutors are now seeking to take in order to make restitution to the victims of the attack, a report says.
One of the terrorists responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing received a $1,400 COVID relief check last summer that federal prosecutors are now seeking to take in order to make restitution to the victims of the attack, a report says.
 
Public school districts in North Carolina have received about $5.3 billion in COVID-related relief from the federal government.
Public school districts in North Carolina have received about $5.3 billion in COVID-related relief from the federal government.
 
The General Assembly may allocate hundreds of millions in federal relief toward closing the digital divide this session
The General Assembly may allocate hundreds of millions in federal relief toward closing the digital divide this session
 
The prospect of tax relief to North Carolina’s small businesses is supposedly offensive to Gov. Roy Cooper.
The prospect of tax relief to North Carolina’s small businesses is supposedly offensive to Gov. Roy Cooper.
 
North Carolina has over-collected more than $6 billion in state taxes when compared to May of 2020 economic forecasts.
North Carolina has over-collected more than $6 billion in state taxes when compared to May of 2020 economic forecasts.
 
Recently, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Hazard Eligibility and Local Projects Act (HELP Act) and the Strategic Acquisition and Floodplain Efficiency Reform Act (SAFER Act), legislation to help communities recover from natural disasters.
Recently, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Hazard Eligibility and Local Projects Act (HELP Act) and the Strategic Acquisition and Floodplain Efficiency Reform Act (SAFER Act), legislation to help communities recover from natural disasters.
 
A legislative bill that would allocate $750 million in federal relief money toward broadband growth has passed the House Appropriations Committee.
A legislative bill that would allocate $750 million in federal relief money toward broadband growth has passed the House Appropriations Committee.
 
This week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and 43 Republican colleagues urged President Joe Biden to stand with our closest ally in the region, Israel.
This week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and 43 Republican colleagues urged President Joe Biden to stand with our closest ally in the region, Israel.
 
N.C. House Republicans have filed an ambitious bill that will allocate three quarters of a billion federal dollars toward broadband.
N.C. House Republicans have filed an ambitious bill that will allocate three quarters of a billion federal dollars toward broadband.
 
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Aging and Adult Services is partnering with the N.C. Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers to distribute fans to eligible recipients through Operation Fan Heat Relief May 1–Oct. 31.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Aging and Adult Services is partnering with the N.C. Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers to distribute fans to eligible recipients through Operation Fan Heat Relief May 1–Oct. 31.
 
Today, the NC House voted 112-1 to pass House Bill 334 — Temporarily Align PPP Treatment to Federal Treatment
 
Business Owners Rally Support for Bill Before Bipartisan Passage
 
In case you’re wondering what’s happened with all the money appropriated to public schools through the federal ‘relief’ bills, you’re not alone.
In case you’re wondering what’s happened with all the money appropriated to public schools through the federal ‘relief’ bills, you’re not alone.
 
The federal government sent nearly $4 billion in COVID relief money to North Carolina, but a sizable chunk of it was returned, unwanted, a new report from the state auditor’s office finds.
The federal government sent nearly $4 billion in COVID relief money to North Carolina, but a sizable chunk of it was returned, unwanted, a new report from the state auditor’s office finds.
 
While the American Rescue Plan is changing the course of the pandemic and delivering relief for working families, this is no time to build back to the way things were.
While the American Rescue Plan is changing the course of the pandemic and delivering relief for working families, this is no time to build back to the way things were.
 
This is why most Americans have no faith in their government
This is why most Americans have no faith in their government
 
Governor Roy Cooper signed the following bill into law: House Bill 196
 
Hundreds of Beaufort County Community College students completed classes despite great obstacles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdowns due to its effects.
Hundreds of Beaufort County Community College students completed classes despite great obstacles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdowns due to its effects.
 
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Feb. 27 on a 219-212 vote.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Feb. 27 on a 219-212 vote.
 
The N.C. General Assembly is considering a new COVID relief bill that would spend more than $600 million, primarily on North Carolina’s colleges and universities, and K-12 schools.
The N.C. General Assembly is considering a new COVID relief bill that would spend more than $600 million, primarily on North Carolina’s colleges and universities, and K-12 schools.
 
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, March 3, 2021
 
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