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March 2, 2021
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VIDEO: Watch two experts debate the implications of Warren's wealth tax

Sen. Elizabeth Warren unveiled her new proposal to tax the wealthy that calls for a 2% annual tax on wealth of more than $50 million and 3% on wealth more than $1 billion. Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, and David Gamage, law professor with Indiana University, Bloomington who advised on this tax plan, joined "Squawk Box" on Tuesday to discuss.


The just-approved Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is coming to Indiana

Indiana vaccination clinics are eager to know how much of the just approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine they are getting and when it will arrive. For months, clinics have been preparing for larger shipments of vaccines. ... The J&J vaccine is easier to ship, store and administer. It can be kept in standard refrigerators and requires only one dose. Thomas Duszynski is an epidemiologist at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. "Access should go up," Duszynski said. "What we need now is the shipments  to Indiana and into the pharmacies and the clinics so we can get shots in arms."
As the FDA gave emergency approval to a third COVID-19 vaccine, Indiana vaccinated it's one millionth person. One in six Hoosiers have received at least one dose. Duszynski called that a tremendous accomplishment. "People want this vaccine. People are taking it," he explained. "They are making their appointments. They are showing up and getting vaccinated. This is one way we can control this pandemic." 


School staff have limited support as mental health concerns mount from pandemic stress

Heather Ormiston is a clinical assistant professor of school psychology and researcher at Indiana University. "Educators' ability to really empathize with and support their students is sort of maxed out," she said. Ormiston said educators started showing signs of what's called "compassion fatigue" even before the pandemic, because kids come to school with all kinds of life experiences -- sometimes deeply traumatic ones. "It really becomes mentally and emotionally exhausting then -- for the educators who are exposed to these situations on a daily basis -- to really feel like they have the ability to intervene and support the students that they have within their buildings," she said.

News and Tribune

Southern Indiana counties rebounded in third quarter, but obstacles remain

A local economist believes Floyd County and Clark County will recover from pandemic job losses by mid-to-late 2021 based in part on a recent payroll data study. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics released last week its Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages report. It covers the third quarter of 2020, a time when the easing of shutdowns began occurring despite a COVID-19 surge in July. "The evidence shows that Clark and Floyd improved considerably from the second quarter," said Uric Dufrene, Sanders Chair in Business at Indiana University Southeast. Compared to the second quarter of 2019, Clark County and Floyd County was down about 8,500 jobs during the same period of 2020. "This was more than double the job losses observed during the Great Recession," Dufrene said.

Big News

Indiana University plans for in-person fall 2021 semester

This story has been covered by: News and Tribune, WPTA21, WANE, The Bloomington Herald-Times, The Bloomington Herald-Times, WTHR, Palladium-Item.

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