The Daily Populous

Saturday December 19th, 2020 evening edition

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In nine states, more than 4,000 Amazon employees are on food stamps, according to Bloomberg News.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday said Amazon's jobs are a "scam" because they're not creating financial security for workers.

Ocasio-Cortez referenced a Bloomberg News report detailing how many Amazon warehouse workers struggle to pay bills, with as many as 4,000 on food stamps.

Many of our employees join Amazon from other jobs in retail which tend to be predominantly part-time, reduced benefit jobs with it substantially less than our $15 minimum wage.

These employees see a big increase in pay per hour, total take home pay, and overall benefits versus their previous jobs.

Amazon said its facilities create jobs, sometimes breathing new life into cities — many of which lost their economic stability as manufacturing jobs moved elsewhere.

In 2019, she called into question why Amazon paid zero in federal income taxes on more than $11 billion in profit. »

Warren reintroduces bill to bar lawmakers from trading stocks

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announced Friday she’s reintroducing a bill to prohibit lawmakers from trading stocks as Democrats look to make the issue a key aspect of Georgia’s two Senate runoffs.

Democrats have accused the two senators, who are locked in competitive runoffs to keep their seats, of using private information gleaned from congressional briefings to buy and sell stocks during the pandemic.

Warren’s proposal is part of a wider anti-corruption effort she is pushing that would include a lifetime ban on lobbying for former members of Congress. »

State senator dies from COVID-19 complications

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Minnesota State Republican Sen. Jerry Relph has died due to complications from COVID-19.

"I'm heartbroken to share that my husband, Jerry Relph, has passed away and entered his heavenly home.

Majority Leader Paul Gazelka wrote on Twitter: "Senator Jerry Relph was a true friend and colleague loved by so many. »