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  1. The federal oil reserves, kept for the nations and military use during emergencies is fixing ta get tapped according to president Biden... USA Today: Biden to release up to 180 million barrels of oil from reserve to drive down gas prices President Joe Biden has ordered the release of up to 180 million barrels of oil from the nation's emergency reserves over the next six months in a bid to provide relief to Americans from gas prices that have soared since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Biden's order, announced Thursday, calls for the release of 1 million barrels of oil per day over the next six months from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The action will represent the largest release from the reserve in its nearly 50-year history. "This is a moment of consequence and peril for the world and pain at the pump for American families," Biden said. Gas prices at the pump have jumped by nearly $1 per gallon in the month since Russia's invasion of Ukraine and now average $4.20 per gallon, with even higher prices in some areas. The war means less Russian oil is getting to the market, and the reduction in supply is raising prices at the pump. apnews.com/article/business-ap-news-alert-biden-orders-release-of-oil Hopefully this will help keep the prices of not only vehicle fuel, but things like groceries likely to be hit by rising fuel prices from hurting too much in the coming months...
  2. CBS: DHS watchdog: Migrants weren't tested for COVID before transport on domestic commercial flights HS Today: OIG Finds Migrants Were not Tested for COVID-19 Before Boarding Domestic Commercial Flights
  3. NBC: Biden admin will officially end Covid restriction {Title 24} at border on May 23 Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas formally announced on Friday that families and single adult asylum seekers who had been turned away at the U.S.-Mexico border since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic will have their chance to enter the U.S. and make an asylum claim starting May 23. NBC News reported on Wednesday that sources familiar with the planning said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had notified DHS that it would terminate the controversial public health rule known as Title 42 that has blocked more than 1.7 million attempts to cross the border. **Anyone willing to take a bet the United States will 'unexpectedly' see a surge in COVID cases shortly after May?
  4. Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, and Rep. Bruce Griffey, R-Tennessee, slammed the Biden administration's alleged covert migrant relocation program using taxpayer dollars to send migrants, asylum seekers and illegal aliens to various cities in the U.S. The representatives discussed their new proposed legislation to try and stop taxpayers from having to pay for Biden's relocation program on "Fox & Friends Weekend."
  5. The concept of a Vehicle Mileage Tax (VMT) isn't new, it's been considered and rejected a number of times because the undeniable end result would be increased prices on goods purchased by end user consumers. Particularly hard hit would be the poor and those on a fixed incomes. Look for the prices of everything to go up if a newly considered Biden administration tax is approved... CNBC: Vehicle mileage tax could be on the table in infrastructure talks, Buttigieg says Pete Buttigieg, the Transportation secretary, said a vehicle mileage tax could be on the table in infrastructure talks. He contends that President Joe Biden’s forthcoming plans to rebuild the nation’s roads, bridges and waterways would lead to a net gain for the U.S. taxpayer. A vehicle mileage tax could be on the table in talks about how to finance the White House’s expected multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure proposal, according to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. Buttigieg, who spoke with CNBC’s Kayla Tausche on Friday, also contended that President Joe Biden’s forthcoming plans to rebuild the nation’s roads, bridges and waterways would lead to a net gain for the U.S. taxpayer and not a net outlay. “When you think about infrastructure, it’s a classic example of the kind of investment that has a return on that investment,” he said. “That’s one of many reasons why we think this is so important. This is a jobs vision as much as it is an infrastructure vision, a climate vision and more.” He also weighed in on several potential revenue-generating options to fund the project. He spoke fondly of a mileage levy, which would tax travelers based on the distance of the journey instead of on how much gasoline they consume. “A so-called vehicle-miles-traveled tax or mileage tax, whatever you want to call it, could be a way to do it,” he said. Democrats have slowly pivoted away from a gasoline tax in favor of a mileage tax amid a simultaneous, climate friendly effort to encourage consumers to drive electric cars. cnbc.com/2021/03/26/buttigieg-says-white-house-is-weighing-mileage-levy-to-fund-infrastructure Interesting concept and not one that I am totally opposed to, but as I mentioned at the beginning transportation companies who deliver goods whether to initial or middle processors and end user sellers consumers will be impacted by a Vehicle Mileage Tax (VMT) and of course since they will have to pay more for this transportation tax, they will have to find some way to recover the added cost outlay... The easiest and most predictable way for them to do so is to raise the price of their transportation services which in turn will cause the processors and sellers to raise their prices to recover their added costs. Then take into consideration that those working who have to drive (or ride) to their places of employment, public services like police, fire, ambulances, utility workers, U.S. mail and private package delivery companies will also have to contribute for this proposed VMT unless legislation excludes them from it so also look for state and local taxes to go up as well. On a side note, I'm wondering how much positivity a federal government raise in the minimum wage to $15 is going to help, if the cost of everything from apples to zucchini (and all the non food items in between as well) get increased?
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