It’s no secret that the rich in America are getting richer, but, in fact, they are paying far less in taxes than they should. The Treasury Department has found that the top 1 percent in the US are evading $163 billion a year in taxes by using loopholes in the tax code to their advantage.

The top 1 percent of earners pay an effective federal tax rate of over 30 percent, yet the government only gets $163 billion in revenue from them, according to a Treasury Department review. The tax code should be reformed to include loopholes that benefit the super-rich, the Treasury said in an annual report on tax expenditures.

America’s tax laws are supposed to level the playing field for everyone, but that’s not what’s happening. A new report from the Treasury Department shows that the top 1 percent of earners are evading about $163 billion a year—and, as the Tax Policy Center notes, that’s on top of the $75 billion they already evade every year. The good news is that the report is clear about who’s most likely to be affected:

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A new tax analysis comes as the Biden administration is pushing lawmakers to embrace its ambitious proposal to invest in beefing up the Internal Revenue Service to narrow the “tax gap.”

A new tax study comes as the Biden administration attempts to persuade legislators to support its bold plan to invest in the Internal Revenue Service in order to close the “tax gap.” Credit… The New York Times’ Stefani Reynolds

WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to a new Treasury Department study published on Wednesday, the richest 1% of Americans are the country’s most flagrant tax evaders, failing to pay as much as $163 billion in due taxes each year.

The report comes as the Biden administration tries to persuade legislators to support its bold plan to invest in bolstering the Internal Revenue Service in order to close the “tax gap,” which the administration estimates at $7 trillion in unpaid taxes over a decade. Over the next ten years, the White House proposes spending $80 billion in the tax collecting agency to employ additional enforcement personnel, modernize its technology, and implement new information-reporting requirements that would give the government a better understanding of tax evasion strategies.

Republicans and corporate lobbyists have expressed significant suspicion of the plans, claiming that the IRS cannot be trusted with greater authority and that the measures are a violation of privacy. Democrats want to raise money by collecting more unpaid taxes to help pay for the $3.5 trillion spending package they’re putting together. According to the Treasury Department, its tax gap ideas may generate $700 billion over ten years.

The study, authored by Natasha Sarin, deputy assistant secretary for microeconomics at the Treasury Department, argues that closing the tax gap is part of the Biden administration’s plan to make the economy more fair, with audits and enforcement measures targeted at the wealthy.

Ms. Sarin said, “The Internal Revenue Service needs money to recruit and educate revenue agents who can understand their hundreds of pages of complex tax filings in order to properly enforce the tax laws against high incomes and big companies.” “It also requires access to information on opaque revenue sources that disproportionately benefit high-earners, such as proprietorship and partnership income.”

Academic research on how the tax gap has historically been spread throughout the income scale is combined with 2019 tax data in this study.

Low- and middle-income employees who have their taxes taken automatically from their paychecks have a high percentage of tax compliance. The wealthy, on the other hand, may take advantage of accounting flaws to avoid paying taxes.

Individuals with “real income” of less than $400,000 per year would not have their audit rates increased, according to the Biden administration.

According to a study released last week by the Congressional Budget Office, increasing the IRS’s enforcement capabilities will not collect as much money as the Treasury Department estimates.

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The deal will make Bill Gates the majority owner of the Four Seasons hotel chain.

Bill Gates will become the majority owner of the Four Seasons hotel brand as a result of the transaction. Credit… courtesy of Getty Images/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Agence France-Presse

Cascade Investment, which oversees Bill Gates’ wealth, is purchasing half of Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s interest in Four Seasons for $2.2 billion, putting him in control of the premium hotel chain.

Cascade and Kingdom Holding, the prince’s investment company in Riyadh, announced the transaction on Wednesday morning, increasing Mr. Gates’ interest in Four Seasons to approximately 71 percent, up from a little less than 50 percent.

The deal comes after Mr. Gates’ divorce from Melinda French Gates, the Microsoft founder’s wife of almost three decades, last month. There are little information about how they divided their money and assets throughout their divorce. Cascade, on the other hand, continues to handle Mr. Gates’ and Ms. French Gates’ money and assets, as well as the Gates Foundation’s endowment, which they co-founded in 2000.

Cascade and Kingdom initially partnered in 2007 to purchase a 47.5 percent interest in the Four Seasons for a total of $3.8 billion. Isadore Sharp, the creator of Four Seasons, owns the remaining 5% of the company.

Cascade and Kingdom had considered bringing Four Seasons public in 2019, before the epidemic struck. In May, two individuals familiar with the issue said the two firms explored the possibility of selling one or both of their interests, but Cascade eventually decided to remain put.

The epidemic has taken a toll on the hotel industry. Despite an increase in leisure travel following the widespread availability of vaccinations earlier this year, a survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association in mid-August found that, in the face of a resurgence in cases in the United States, 42 percent of the 2,200 respondents were canceling upcoming travel plans with no intention of rescheduling.

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Federal securities authorities have threatened to sue Coinbase, the biggest cryptocurrency exchange in the United States, over a planned financial product that would allow users to earn interest on digital asset deposits.

The Securities and Exchange Commission warned the firm on Sept. 1 that its Lend product may violate securities rules, according to a regulatory filing. Regulators may pursue a civil injunction in response to Lend’s publication, according to the firm.

The question posed by Lend — an interest-generating service that mimics bank accounts in some ways — is whether it will participate in trading or sell goods to customers that are deemed securities, which the Securities and Exchange Commission has the authority to regulate.

The SEC’s warning to Coinbase, which went public in April, shows that the agency is keeping a tight eye on cryptocurrency firms, particularly as they go into highly regulated sectors like banking. Gary Gensler, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, has expressed concern about the potential impact of unregulated crypto exchanges and products on markets and investors.

Customers may earn income on bitcoin deposits using Lend, which Coinbase launched in June. Customers will be able to earn interest on USD Coin, a stablecoin whose value is linked to the dollar. Yields would be greater than those available on traditional bank accounts, and Coinbase would be one of several cryptocurrency companies to join the market.

In online posts, Coinbase officials fought back against the SEC, claiming that the Lend program isn’t a security and that the commission’s letter took them off surprise.

“The Securities and Exchange Commission has frequently requested that our industry ‘talk to us, come in.’ In a blog post, Coinbase’s chief legal officer, Paul Grewal, stated, “We did it here.” “However, all we know for now is that we can either take Lend off the market indefinitely without understanding why, or we may be sued.”

In a lengthy discussion on Twitter, Coinbase’s CEO, Brian Armstrong, referred to the SEC as “sketchy” and said that he traveled to Washington in May to speak with financial regulators from a variety of agencies. “The Securities and Exchange Commission was the only regulator that declined to meet with me,” he claimed.

Mr. Armstrong said that by requesting authorization to operate, Coinbase was encountering greater regulatory opposition than other bitcoin firms that had introduced comparable products.

According to Andrew Calamari, a lawyer at Finn Dixon & Herling and a former director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s New York office, the S.E.C.’s enforcement team “believes the offering would be unlawful” if it went ahead.

Securities authorities seemed to be taking a careful approach in providing Coinbase a fair notice of their concerns, rather than just allowing the firm go forward with the loan product and then prosecuting them afterwards, according to several legal experts.

Former S.E.C. officer Tyler Gellasch, who now runs the nonprofit Healthy Markets Association, said the commission understood the significance of properly managing a new kind of product entering the market. “This is a major participant in the bitcoin space, and they’re going to be very careful about bringing a hammer down,” he added.

On Wednesday morning, Coinbase’s stock was down roughly 4%.

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Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of Theranos, has been charged with 12 counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection to money she raised for the blood testing start-up.

In connection with money she collected for the blood testing start-up, Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of Theranos, has been charged with 12 charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to conduct wire fraud. Credit… The New York Times/Jim Wilson

The case of Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the blood-testing startup Theranos, will begin with opening remarks on Wednesday morning in San Jose, Calif., starting off one of Silicon Valley’s most anticipated trials.

Ms. Holmes, 37, has been charged with 12 counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to conduct wire fraud in connection with money she collected for Theranos, which went bankrupt in 2018 when issues with its blood tests were discovered.

Ms. Holmes, who started Theranos in 2003 with the goal of transforming health care, will face a jury to determine whether she misled to investors about her company’s technology.

Ms. Holmes stated that Theranos’ Edison devices could perform a broad variety of blood tests rapidly with only a drop of blood. Ms. Holmes is charged by the US of knowing the tests were restricted and inaccurate, causing damage to patients who utilized them. Prosecutors also said she exaggerated Theranos’ commercial agreements and results.

The Elizabeth Holmes Trial’s Who’s Who

Erin Woo

Erin Woo is a reporter based in San Jose, California.

The Elizabeth Holmes Trial’s Who’s Who

Erin Woo

Erin Woo is a reporter based in San Jose, California.

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Elizabeth Holmes, the discredited founder of the blood-testing company Theranos, is charged with two charges of wire fraud conspiracy and ten counts of wire fraud.

Here are some of the case’s main players:

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Erin Woo is a reporter based in San Jose, California.

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As a 19-year-old Stanford dropout, Holmes started Theranos in 2003. She became the world’s youngest millionaire after raising $700 million from investors, but she has been accused of lying about how effectively Theranos’ technology performed. She has entered a not guilty plea.

The Elizabeth Holmes Trial’s Who’s Who

Erin Woo

Erin Woo is a reporter based in San Jose, California.

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Sunny, Ramesh Balwani, was the president and chief operational officer of Theranos from 2009 to 2016, and he had a love connection with Holmes. He’s also been charged with fraud and may go on trial next year. He has entered a not guilty plea.

The Elizabeth Holmes Trial’s Who’s Who

Erin Woo

Erin Woo is a reporter based in San Jose, California.

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David Boies, a well-known attorney, was Theranos’ lawyer and sat on its board of directors.

He attempted to silence critics of the company’s business methods, including whistleblowers and media.

The Elizabeth Holmes Trial’s Who’s Who

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Erin Woo is a reporter based in San Jose, California.

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Journalist John Carreyrou exposed Theranos’ deceptive activities in his articles.

His reporting for The Wall Street Journal contributed to Theranos’ demise.

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Former Theranos workers Tyler Shultz and Erika Cheung were whistle-blowers. In 2013 and 2014, they worked at the start-up.

Shultz is the grandson of former Secretary of State George Shultz, who served on the Theranos board of directors.

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Erin Woo

Erin Woo is a reporter based in San Jose, California.

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James Mattis, a former four-star general, was on Theranos’ board of directors.

He then became Secretary of Defense under President Donald J. Trump.

The Elizabeth Holmes Trial’s Who’s Who

Erin Woo

Erin Woo is a reporter based in San Jose, California.

The lawsuit will be overseen by Edward Davila, a federal judge in the Northern District of California.

Holmes’ main lawyer is Kevin Downey, a partner at the Washington law firm Williams & Connolly.

The government’s prosecution will be led by Robert Leach, an assistant US attorney for the Northern District of California, and other prosecutors from the US attorney’s office.

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Ramesh Balwani, often known as Sunny, the former president of Theranos, is facing charges in a separate case that is scheduled to begin next year. Ms. Holmes and Mr. Balwani have both entered not guilty pleas. The cases are being heard by Judge Edward Davila of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Ms. Holmes faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if convicted, making her one of the few Silicon Valley leaders accused of misconduct to go to prison.

The trial comes after years of delays and legal wrangling over issues such as which emails and arguments may be used in court and whether Ms. Holmes should be forced to wear a mask while in the docket.

After the removal of many prospective jurors who had either heard of Ms. Holmes, had firsthand experience with domestic violence, or had schedules that couldn’t accommodate the three-month trial, a jury of seven men and five women was sworn in last week.

Mr. Balwani, whom Ms. Holmes dated, was emotionally and physically violent, according to Ms. Holmes’ attorneys, who have suggested that they may utilize a mental health defense. Mr. Balwani has refuted the charges. Ms. Holmes’ attorneys have also said in court documents that she intends to testify.

Prosecutors named more than 200 potential witnesses in court documents filed over the weekend, including David Boies, Theranos’ former lawyer; Henry Kissinger, the former secretary of state who served on the company’s board of directors; James Mattis, the former defense secretary and a Theranos director; and Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul who backed Theranos and was involved in a lawsuit over its demise. Initials were used to display certain names.

Ms. Holmes’ lawyers named more than 60 witnesses, including many of the case’s US attorneys, John Carreyrou, a writer and author of a book about Theranos, William Frist, a former US Senator who was on the Theranos board of directors, and Ms. Holmes.

Ms. Holmes’ attorneys also sought for the evidence of three former Theranos workers to be omitted in a separate petition. Erika Cheung, a witness, worked at Theranos’ lab and highlighted issues with the company’s blood testing to federal authorities. Ms. Holmes’ attorneys claimed that portions of Ms. Cheung’s evidence would be irrelevant because they were based on hearsay or not directly related to Ms. Holmes.

Daniel Edlin, a former project manager at Theranos, and Danise Yam, the company’s corporate controller for 11 years, were also called to testify against Ms. Holmes.

Prosecutors countered with evidence that supported Ms. Cheung’s allegations. Judge Davila ruled on Tuesday that such an exclusion would be “premature” before the government’s questions or arguments were heard.

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Canadian National has challenged a smaller rival, Canadian Pacific, to buy Kansas City Southern.

Canadian Pacific, a lesser competitor, has pushed Canadian National to acquire Kansas City Southern. Credit… Associated Press/Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press

According to the DealBook newsletter, Canadian National’s attempt to acquire Kansas City Southern and build a rail network that spans across North America is facing a new hurdle.

TCI Fund Management, a long-time railroad investor, has launched a proxy fight to force Canadian National CEO Jean-Jacques Ruest out. TCI wants Canadian National to abandon the purchase and restructure its board of directors.

Chris Hohn, the fund’s creator, said, “We think CN’s finest days are ahead of it, provided the firm promptly withdraws from its reckless, irresponsible, and value-destroying pursuit of KCS.”

Canadian National has been vying for Kansas City Southern alongside a lesser competitor, Canadian Pacific. Canadian National has offered more money, while Canadian Pacific has promised greater assurance in the transaction.

Kansas City Southern chose Canadian National and its higher offer in May. However, the Surface Transportation Board, which supervises rail agreements, recently ruled against the firms’ use of a voting trust, a typical but contentious structure in such transactions. Kansas City Southern has resumed discussions with Canadian Pacific.

TCI claims that Canadian National’s offer “revealed a fundamental ignorance of the sector and the regulatory environment.”

The battle for Kansas City Southern is the first true test of rules put in place in 2001 to ensure that transactions involving the biggest railways be scrutinized more closely. The vote was a landslide, with the Surface Transportation Board voting 5 to 0 against the trust.

Given its modest size, Canadian Pacific successfully argued for its merger with Kansas City Southern to be considered outside of those rules, despite the fact that it has a planned voting trust that regulators have not rejected.

From the start of the Biden administration, it was obvious that he would be harsh on agreements. Despite this, the railroad sector received a surprising amount of attention in a broad presidential directive on competition released in July. Representative Peter DeFazio, the Democratic chairman of the House Transportation Committee, is one of the leading opponents of a voting trust for the Canadian National agreement.

TCI, on the other hand, is involved in both pots. TCI controls almost 42 percent of Canadian Pacific, making it the company’s biggest stakeholder, according to market data firm Sentieo, in addition to its position in Canadian National.

According to a source familiar with the transactions, TCI’s holding in Canadian National is somewhat larger than its interest in Canadian Pacific — approximately $4.1 billion vs $4 billion. TCI’s twin interests, however, raise the issue of whether its attempts to block the Canadian National merger are simultaneously helping to enhance its stake in Canadian Pacific.

Canadian National said it “appreciates feedback” from all of its shareholders and would continue to “make carefully researched choices” in accordance with its objectives, according to a spokesperson.

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  • Stocks in the United States dropped in early trade on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 extending its losses for the week. The Nasdaq composite fell 0.4 percent, while the index fell 0.2 percent.

  • In July, the Labor Department will provide statistics on job vacancies. The numbers come after data released on Friday revealed that August was one of the slowest hiring months since the recovery started over a year ago.

  • According to Coinbase, cryptocurrencies dropped, with Bitcoin down 8.9%. El Salvador became the first nation to recognize Bitcoin as legal currency on Tuesday, but the country had a rough start due to technical issues with its storage software.

  • The benchmark 10-year Treasury note yield dropped to 1.36 percent from 1.37 percent.

  • On Wednesday, European equities dropped 0.7 percent, according to the Stoxx Europe 600 index.

Reed Hastings, Netflix’s chairman and co-chief executive, has donated $3 million to oppose Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall.

Netflix’s chairman and co-chief executive, Reed Hastings, has contributed $3 million to fight Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall. Credit… Getty Images/Christophe Archambault/Agence France-Presse

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, a Democrat who has long been regarded as a friend to the tech sector, predicted in a June 2019 interview with Axios that the state’s biggest companies were going to be “steamrolled” by federal authorities.

Politicians from both parties were blasting Big Tech at the time, and Democrats were especially concerned about the spread of disinformation on social media and the frequent mishandling of user data.

But it was before the epidemic and the recall election that now jeopardizes Mr. Newsom’s political future. Two years after making those remarks, the governor has backtracked on his condemnation of technology and is now focused on preserving his career.

Mr. Newsom and the anti-recall campaign have collected almost $70 million, more than six times the amount raised by the pro-recall campaign, by wooing some of California’s richest people. Some in the tech industry have even put their money where their mouths are while admitting that Mr. Newsom isn’t their preferred choice.

During the Democratic primary for governor in 2018, Netflix’s chairman and co-chief executive, Reed Hastings, supported former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, not Mr. Newsom. Mr. Hastings, on the other hand, has contributed $3 million to fight Mr. Newsom’s recall, claiming that he offers “stability in leadership.”

Mr. Hastings stated, “I’ve been pleased with his moderate intelligent leadership, especially on Covid,” adding, “I’m not saying he hasn’t made mistakes, but they’ve mainly been symbolic, rather than substantive.”

While it’s unknown what a Republican governor would mean for the tech sector — a successful recall would almost certainly result in Larry Elder, the conservative radio presenter, taking office – many in the industry’s upper echelon are trying to avoid finding out.

Ron Conway, a San Francisco venture capitalist who organized a March anti-recall letter signed by 75 tech luminaries, has recently shifted his focus to fund-raising for Mr. Newsom, claiming that a Republican governor would pose a “dire threat” to California’s economic recovery and fight against Covid-19.

In an email interview, Mr. Conway said, “I don’t know Larry Elder, but I know his views – removing mask and vaccination requirements, selling conspiracy theories — he is in no way fit to be governor.” “The last thing the IT and business sectors in California need right now is more insecurity, turmoil, and uncertainty.”

Priscilla Chan, a doctor and the wife of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, donated $750,000 to support Mr. Newsom, while Laurene Powell Jobs, the wealthy founder of the Emerson Collective and widow of Steve Jobs, provided $400,000. Jeremy Stoppelman, the chief executive of Yelp, who signed Mr. Conway’s anti-recall letter, has not donated to the cause, saying, “I haven’t been super engaged, but I’ve been ready to say publicly recall is a terrible idea.”

While most tech executives have sought stability throughout the epidemic, some have taken advantage of their displeasure with the governor’s crisis leadership. David Sacks and Chamath Palihapitiya, both venture capitalists, have already expressed their support for the recall, each contributing more than $100,000 to the cause.

Mr. Palihapitiya has reduced his public comments regarding the recall as it became apparent that Mr. Elder would most likely follow Mr. Newsom if the recall vote passes, while Mr. Sacks has kept up his criticism. Mr. Sacks’ and Mr. Palihapitiya’s representatives refused to comment.

Mr. Sacks tweeted late last month, “Newsom is scaremongering about what will happen if he is recalled, but in reality, Democrats have a veto-proof majority in the Assembly and a new election is conducted in 14 months.” “So all we do is send a strong message to the political class: do better.”

Others are trying to keep Mr. Elder and the ensuing turmoil at bay.

“It’s like Trump; he’s wild and unexpected, and no one knows what he stands for,” Kim-Mai Cutler, a partner at Initialized Capital, said.

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  • El Salvador’s acceptance of Bitcoin as legal currency had a bumpy start on Tuesday. The government’s transaction-facilitating software — its “digital wallet” — went down for a while, protestors rushed to the streets of the capital to condemn the decision, and Bitcoin’s price plummeted, illustrating the cryptocurrency market’s instability.

    On Tuesday morning, President Nayib Bukele announced on Twitter that the digital wallet, dubbed Chivo after a slang term meaning “cool,” will be accessible to Salvadorans in the United States and nearly anyplace else in the globe. However, even when major businesses like McDonald’s started taking Bitcoin payments in El Salvador, the wallet was not accessible to the general public for a while, and the government delayed its adoption.

  • Ford Motor Company said on Tuesday that it has recruited the senior executive in charge of Apple’s top-secret automobile project to assist the company in its drive towards electric cars.

    Doug Field, the CEO, will be in charge of transforming Ford cars into software-driven products that can interact with consumers and offer new kinds of services, which Ford and other automakers believe will become more essential in the future.

    Mr. Field, 56, was vice president of special projects at Apple and was a key figure in the company’s years-long attempt to create an electric car. His departure may be a setback for Apple’s car aspirations, which have been hotly debated.

Consumers are irritated by price increases, and officials are worried that the trend will continue. It’s one of the key considerations for central bankers as they determine whether — and how fast — to normalize monetary policy.

Prices are increasing. Will It Be Long-Lasting?

Jeanna Smialek

Smialek, Jeanna Taking the numbers apart

Prices are increasing. Will It Be Long-Lasting?

Jeanna Smialek

Smialek, Jeanna Taking the numbers apart

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You may have noticed that you’re paying a higher price for a variety of items. Inflation is a big subject these days, but the question is whether it will continue.

The products that have seen the most growth may contain the solution.

Prices are increasing. Will It Be Long-Lasting?

Jeanna Smialek

Smialek, Jeanna Taking the numbers apart

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The New York Times’ Scott McIntyre

Products whose prices plummeted at the start of the epidemic are one area where costs have risen.

Airfares and hotel rates, which fell in 2020 as demand dwindled, are again rising. In July, airline tickets were 19 percent more expensive than a year ago.

Prices are increasing. Will It Be Long-Lasting?

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The New York Times’ Scott McIntyre

Bikes, used vehicles, and TVs are also more expensive.

They contain components manufactured in other countries, such as computer chips. These components are more costly because the epidemic has disrupted manufacturing and shipping routes.

Prices are increasing. Will It Be Long-Lasting?

Jeanna Smialek

Smialek, Jeanna Taking the numbers apart

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The New York Times’ Tim Gruber

Food is more costly as well. In the year to July, prices at limited-service restaurants such as Chipotle were up 6.6 percent.

Some of this may be attributed to rising labor expenses as businesses compete for employees.

Prices are increasing. Will It Be Long-Lasting?

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Smialek, Jeanna Taking the numbers apart

So, what does all of this imply in terms of the future?

Big price increases are usually associated with pandemic-related strangeness in one way or another. As a result, experts are certain that the present price surge will subside.

In the interim, as with everything pandemic-related, it may be a wild ride.

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The majority of policymakers think today’s fast inflation will subside. However, if workers in countries with high inflation now negotiate for pay rises and are more tolerant of gradually rising costs, the worldwide price spike may continue longer – and become more country-specific. To bring persistent inflation under control, severe monetary policy measures may be required, which would almost certainly send national economies back into recession.

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The Biden administration said it would provide $700 million in grants to help with the financial hardships that some essential employees have faced during the pandemic.

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The Biden administration said on Tuesday that it will give $700 million in grants to meatpacking, agricultural, and grocery-store workers to assist them cope with some of the financial difficulties they have experienced as a result of the epidemic.

The funds will be given to state agencies, tribal governments, and charity organizations that usually assist these employees, who are obliged to report to work even during the most severe coronavirus epidemics. The organizations would be eligible for up to $50 million in funds, which they will be able to give to employees, especially “hard to reach” populations of immigrants who often work in meatpacking facilities and on commercial farms.

The money may be used to assist employees pay for pandemic-related expenditures including personal protective equipment and dependent care, as well as costs connected with quarantines and viral testing, according to the Agriculture Department. Workers who qualify may get up to $600. At least $20 million will be made up for grocery employees in the form of awards.

In a statement, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack stated, “We acknowledge that our farmworkers, meatpacking workers, and supermarket employees surmounted extraordinary difficulties and took considerable personal risk to guarantee Americans could feed and maintain their families during the epidemic.”

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