The Daily Populous

Monday June 3rd, 2019 morning edition

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New Zealand wants to make people happy, not rich - will it work?

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New Zealand’s latest budget, unveiled this week, is being touted as the first in a Western country to put well-being over economic pressures.

The country’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern promised billions of dollars in additional funds to address mental health problems, suicide and child poverty.

Perhaps the key difference is that New Zealand says it is placing well-being at the heart of the budget. »

Climate Undermined by Lobbying

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However, say Meng and Rode, the political process that leads to climate change regulation can be a barrier to its own legislation.

This is the first study to quantify the effects of lobbying in altering the likelihood of enacting climate policy.

If such free permits are better targeted towards oppositional firms, they may in turn reduce political opposition against the policy. »

US activist goes on trial for helping migrants on southern border

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The 36-year old faces two felony counts of harbouring the undocumented migrants and one felony count of conspiracy to transport the two men.

Warren was indicted after former US Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed prosecutors to prioritise cases involving the harbouring of migrants.

Warren is a volunteer for No More Deaths, a faith-based group providing water, food and medical aid to migrants in the harsh deserts of southern Arizona. »

Study Finds Trump Tax Cuts Failed to Do Anything But Give Rich People Money

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But the advocates of the tax cuts insisted it wasn’t about letting the makers keep their hard-earned money rather than handing it over to the takers.

The Congressional Research Service, a kind of in-house think tank for Congress, has a new paper analyzing the effects of the Trump tax cuts.

So far, the number of Republicans reassessing their support for the Trump tax cuts is, give or take, zero. »