Ardern spends big in New Zealand’s ‘recovery’ budget

WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveiled a big-spending budget Thursday aimed at stimulating the coronavirus-hit economy while carrying out long-awaited progressive reforms. The centre-left leader — who faced criticism before last year’s election for her cautious approach to implementing change — announced major funding boosts to welfare payments, social housing and climate change … Read more

Four ways to beat Rishi Sunak’s Budget tax raid

[ad_1] The Conversation How some people can end up living at airports for months – even years – at a time Mehran Karimi Nasseri sits among his belongings in a 2004 photograph taken at Charles de Gaulle Airport, where he lived for nearly 18 years. Eric Fougere/VIP Images/Corbis via Getty ImagesIn January, local authorities arrested … Read more

Budget nominee Tanden withdraws nomination amid opposition

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s pick to head the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, has withdrawn her nomination after she faced opposition from key Democratic and Republican senators for her controversial tweets. Her withdrawal marks the first high-profile defeat of one of Biden’s nominees. Thirteen of the 23 Cabinet nominees requiring … Read more

Manchin’s opposition threatens to sink Biden budget nominee

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — The nomination of Neera Tanden to lead the White House Office of Management and Budget was thrown in doubt Friday as Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia became the first Democratic lawmaker to oppose her confirmation. During her confirmation hearings, Tanden apologized for spending years attacking top Republicans on social media. … Read more

Ease budget burdens by switching cellphone carriers — here’s how

Access to cellular service during the COVID-19 pandemic has become more essential than ever, whether for staying connected to family and friends as you remain socially distant, getting the latest news, or reaching medical providers. But with the economic impact of the crisis, millions have also been looking for ways to save on this valuable … Read more