SEATTLE — Looking for a plastic straw to sip your soda? It’s no longer allowed in Seattle bars and restaurants. Neither are plastic utensils in the latest push to reduce waste and prevent marine plastic pollution. Businesses that sell food or drinks won’t be allowed to offer the plastic items under a rule that went into effect Sunday. Seattle is believed to be the first major U.S. city to ban single-use plastic straws and utensils in food service, according to Seattle Public Utilities. The eco-conscious city has been an environmental leader in the U.S., working to aggressively curb the amount of trash that goes into landfills by requiring more options that can be recycled or composted. The city’s 5,000 restaurants – including Seattle-based Starbucks outlets – will now have to use reusable or compostable utensils, straws and cocktail picks, though the city is encouraging businesses to consider not providing straws altogether or switch to paper rather … [Read more...] about Seattle bans plastic straws, utensils at restaurants, bars
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislative leaders said Thursday they're committing to a big expansion of tax breaks to attract employers promising thousands of jobs, a move that comes as people familiar with recruitment efforts tell The Associated Press tech giant Apple is strongly considering the state for a new corporate campus.The top two leaders in the state's General Assembly said they would lower the threshold so-called "transformative" companies must meet to get massive state subsidies. Companies investing at least $1 billion and generating 3,000 jobs could get cash payments based on the taxes paid by their employees for up to 40 years.A North Carolina government official and an economic development official told The Associated Press that Apple is close to deciding whether to build a planned hub in the Raleigh-Durham area. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the confidentiality of business recruitment. The project could create 5,000 North Carolina jobs, … [Read more...] about North Carolina beefs up tax breaks as Apple scouts new sites
President Trump arrives on Marine One yesterday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. (Carolyn Kaster/AP) With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve. THE BIG IDEA: President Trump sometimes seems impervious to the second and third order consequences of his decisions. Several recent developments have highlighted the unintended — though often foreseeable — consequences the president’s policies are having on his own supporters. In many cases, he’s following through on campaign promises — like cutting the flow of immigrants, renegotiating trade deals and rolling back regulations put in place by Barack Obama. But in the deeply interconnected global economy, the devil is always in the details and the implementation of some policies may do more to hurt than help the people who put their faith in him to fix their problems. Here are four examples: -- Small business owners who voted for Trump might be forced to shut down … [Read more...] about The Daily 202: Trump supporters suffer unintended consequences of his policies
One day this year, we expect, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s phone will ring. On the line will be an executive from Amazon — perhaps CEO Jeff Bezos — who will deliver either phenomenal news or a devastating disappointment.We hope it’s a thrilling conversation: Mayor, we’ve decided to locate Amazon’s second headquarters in Chicago, one of the world’s great cities for business.Alternatively, this call would sting: Mayor, we love Chicago, but Amazon requires a stable, business-friendly environment. Illinois doesn’t measure up, so we’re going elsewhere with our plan to hire 50,000 tech workers. Amazon made about 200 such rejection calls to cities when it pared the list of potential HQ sites to 20, including Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. In some of those conversations, according to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon executives explained why the city came up short: Detroit lacks a broad public transportation system, Cincinnati is short on … [Read more...] about When Amazon calls Chicago, how will the conversation go?
Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh joined 17 of his counterparts across the country Tuesday in suing the Trump administration over a proposal to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, which critics say would drive down immigrant participation and lead to an undercount of states’ populations.Frosh, a Democrat, said both documented and undocumented immigrants may not fill out a census form sent to their address that asks about citizenship for fear the information would be used against them.“They know they’re targets,” Frosh said. “They know Trump is on this anti-immigrant campaign.”An undercount of the actual number of residents would affect everything from congressional representation to the amount of federal funds localities receive for transportation, Medicaid and other vital programs, he said.The lawsuit is among more than 20 lawsuits that Frosh has filed, joined in or considered against the Trump administration over various policies … [Read more...] about Maryland attorney general joins suit against Trump administration over Census citizenship question