Author: Henry Taylor

Big Economic Challenges Await Biden and the Fed This Fall

By Jim Tankersley and Jeanna Smialek

Read the full article from The New York Times, here.

The U.S. economy is heading toward an increasingly uncertain autumn as a surge in the Delta variant of the coronavirus coincides with the expiration of expanded unemployment benefits for millions of people, complicating what was supposed to be a return to normal as a wave of workers re-entered the labor market.

That dynamic is creating an unexpected challenge for the Biden administration and the Federal Reserve in managing what has been a fairly swift recovery from a recession. For months, officials at the White House and the central bank have pointed toward the fall as a potential turning point for an economy that is struggling to fully shake off the effects of the pandemic — particularly in the job market, which remains millions of positions below prepandemic levels.

Analysis: Biden’s COVID-19 strategy thwarted by anti-vaxxers, Delta variant

Analysis: Biden’s COVID-19 strategy thwarted by anti-vaxxers, Delta variant

By Jeff Mason and Julie Steenhuysen

Read the full article from Reuters, here.

When President Joe Biden entered office, his administration made clear it intended to fight the COVID-19 pandemic by focusing on getting the country vaccinated. With the Delta variant of the coronavirus now raging and a large chunk of Americans rejecting vaccines, that strategy is under scrutiny.

The Biden administration is considering a vaccine mandate for federal workers

The Biden administration is considering a vaccine mandate for federal workers

By Michael D Shear

Read the full article from The New York Times, here.

The Biden administration is considering requiring all federal employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or be forced to submit to regular testing, social distancing, mask requirements and restrictions on most travel, officials said Tuesday — a major shift in approach by President Biden that reflects the government’s growing concern about the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.

Frustration mounts as U.S. extends border shutdown

By Jerry Zremski

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

Two days after Canadian officials announced at a press conference that they would allow vaccinated Americans to cross the border beginning on Aug. 9, the Biden administration announced the latest extension of the border closure for Canadians seeking entry into the U.S. The administration codified the extension in the Federal Register, a compendium of federal government actions that attracts little mass readership. The extension means the U.S. side of the border will be closed to nonessential travel until 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 21.

Brown commits to mayoral debate co-sponsored by The Buffalo News

By Harold McNeil

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown has committed to participating in a debate against his opponent in the mayoral race, Democratic Party nominee India B. Walton, in an event being sponsored by The Buffalo News, WGRZ and Buffalo Toronto Public Media.

Walton, who defeated Brown in the Democratic primary, was out of town, and her campaign has not yet committed to participating in the 7 p.m. Oct. 12 debate.

Council sets meeting for public to weigh in on federal stimulus spending

By Deidre Williams

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

Buffalo is slated to receive $331 million in federal stimulus funding. Half of the windfall arrived last month. The second payment is expected to come next year. All of the funds must be spent within the next four years. The Common Council will hold a public meeting for the community to weigh in on the spending.

Professionals from city’s wealthier areas powered India Walton to victory

By Jerry Zremski

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

Walton grew up poor in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, but she beat Buffalo’s four-term mayor, Byron W. Brown, with votes – and a lot of campaign help – from professionals in the city’s wealthier enclaves. And now Walton and her supporters are working to defeat Brown’s write-in bid in November and create a progressive city administration led by a self-proclaimed democratic socialist.

Land Valuation and the Enduring Significance of Racial Residential Segregation

Land Valuation and the Enduring Significance of Racial Residential Segregation

By Henry-Louis Taylor, Jr.

Read the full article here.

This evening my presentation focuses on the enduring significance of racial residential segregation and its relationship to the underdevelopment of Black communities.  It consists of two parts.  The first part examines the interaction among land valuation, racial residential segregation, and the underdevelopment of Black neighborhoods. The second part focuses on intervention and strategies for developing Black communities while simultaneously dismantling racial residential segregation.

As the fall campaign begins, India Walton confronts questions over her past

By Maki Becker

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

A self-proclaimed democratic socialist who vows to “put people first,” she said her life – growing up poor on the East Side, being a single mother of four boys, being a nurse and a community organizer and having firsthand experience being arrested by Buffalo police – has prepared her for this moment as she faces a write-in campaign from an emboldened Brown in the general election on Nov. 2.

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