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South Dakota turned down extra federal unemployment aid Friday due to the high rate of job recovery in the state.

“Gov. Kristi Noem (R), a vocal ally of the White House, said South Dakota did not need the additional funds because workers in her state have been rehired and that its economy is rebounding after suffering economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic,” according to The Hill.

In a statement, Noem praised President Donald Trump’s leadership during recovery and said her administration was “very grateful for the additional flexibility that this effort would have provided, but South Dakota is in the fortunate position of not needing to accept it.”

The governor continued:

South Dakota’s economy, having never been shut down, has recovered nearly 80% of our job losses. South Dakota is the only state in the nation that didn’t have extended benefits kick in because our insured unemployment rate has been the lowest in the nation. We have the third best housing construction market in the country. And many, many businesses are looking to relocate to South Dakota because of the decisions we made during the pandemic. South Dakota is open for business — that applies to our business owners and their employees.

Fifty-five percent of Americans said they approved of Trump’s recent executive orders that suspended the collection of payroll taxes and enhanced state unemployment benefits, according to Breitbart News:

Trump signed a series of executive orders at the end of last week after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told the president that negotiations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA.) and Senate minority leader (D-NY) over a coronavirus relief bill had gone nowhere. The orders partially restored the federal bonus to jobless benefits, providing for $400 in additional benefits instead of the $600 bonus that expired at the end of July. They also suspended the collection of payroll taxes, which should boost take-home pay for many workers.

“Democrats have attacked Trump’s orders, arguing that they usurp Congressional authority over federal spending. Administration officials say the orders only redirect spending Congress has already authorized,” the article continued.

As of Sunday, South Dakota had 10,274 cases of the coronavirus and 63 people currently hospitalized, according to the state Department of Health.

Author: Amy Furr

Source: Breitbart: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Declines Extra Federal Unemployment Aid

A business owner in Cleveland, Ohio, said Monday that she has received threats for cooperating with police investigating the looting of her store in May.

“The store has gotten some threats, just that when it rebuilds it’s going to get hit again,” Colossal Cupcakes owner Kelly Kandah told Fox & Friends.

Kandah added that people told her “my cooperation is unfair, that I shouldn’t be cooperating with the FBI. That it’s against the cause, which I am actually absolutely for the cause, but it’s upsetting people that I would get involved with the police over something such as property.”

Kandah’s store was initially looted and vandalized during George Floyd protests and riots in Cleveland on May 30.

“Several businesses were damaged, including Colossal Cupcakes. Staff there hid in the bathroom as looters broke in the front windows. Owner Kelly Kandah said everything was either gone or destroyed after the incident,” Fox 8 reported.

Later, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested 22-year-old suspect Tandre Buchanan Jr. on June 11 after he was seen in surveillance footage using a stool to smash the establishment’s windows.

A week after her business was destroyed, Kandah said a man threatened her as she stood outside the store.

“I was showing some of the damage and I was leaving, a friend and myself, and someone walking by approached us and said, ‘When the store rebuilds, when you rebuild this, I’m going to come back and destroy it again and you.’ He kept walking and was gone,” she recalled.

Monday, Kandah noted that she felt scared to reopen and it made her sad to think that people were criticizing her for calling the police.

“Unfortunately my store is not open right now and I’m so involved with the community and I’m so involved with our inner-city schools and I’m so for the cause that I do a lot of community service,” Kandah explained, adding that right now she was unable to do those things.

“I don’t have anything being brought in to be able to donate as much as I usually do,” she concluded.

Author: Amy Furr

Source: Breitbart: Owner of Looted Store Says She Was Threatened for Working with Police

President Trump declared Tuesday the entire Mueller investigation was a scam and if he were not in office, he would sue everyone involved.

The president wrote on social media he might consider seeking legal redress against former special counsel Robert Mueller’s “fraudulent investigation”:

February 6, Mueller investigator Andrew Weissmann claimed during an interview on MSNBC that the president was going to use the ongoing criminal probe by U.S. Attorney John Durham “to punish those who had investigated him before,” Breitbart News’s Joel B. Pollak wrote.

“And he compared Trump to former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, saying that Trump was also a ‘demagogue’ and ‘amoral,’” Pollak noted.

He continued:

Weissmann also mocked Trump for not submitting himself for questioning by the Mueller probe, or under oath before Congress, even as he noted the president would have been placing himself in “legal jeopardy” by doing so.

By the end, Weissman had left little doubt that critics of the anti-Trump bias of the Mueller probe were correct.

Even with Weissmann directing the probe, it failed to find any evidence of “Russia collusion.” The Mueller report attempted to provide evidence of obstruction, but declined to recommend that Trump be prosecuted.

February 11, Judicial Watch (JW) revealed former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein received praise from former Obama administration officials leading up to the May 2017 appointment of Mueller as special counsel.

Citing internal government emails, JW President Tom Fitton stated, “These astonishing emails show that Rod Rosenstein had many Obama/Clinton and media friends supporting him around the time he infamously appointed Robert Mueller.”

The day before Mueller’s appointment, U.S. Attorney John Huber, an Obama appointee, wrote: “Rod, We’re proud of you.”

In an email dated May 12, former Obama Special Counsel Jonathan Su said, “Hi Rod: I know there’s a lot going on right now, but I wanted to send you a note of support. If there’ s anything I can do to be of help, please let me know. Hope you hang in there.”

However, President Trump again criticized the Mueller investigation Wednesday and told reporters it was “illegally set up” and “based on false documents.”

Author: Amy Furr

Source: Breitbart: President Trump Says He Might Sue over ‘Fraudulent’ Mueller Investigation

Latino-owned businesses are experiencing significant growth thanks to a strong economy, a Biz2Credit study found.

Rohit Arora, Biz2Credit’s CEO, said Latino business owners are enjoying a 46 percent jump in revenue this year, which will bolster the nation’s thriving economy.

Arora commented:

Latino-owned businesses have grown 31.6% since 2012, and our research finds that revenues of Latino-owned companies jumped 23% from 2017-18. Cost management is a challenge for young and growing firms, which can factor into the dip in credit scores. Latino businesses are thriving and expanding, and they help contribute to the overall strength of the U.S. economy.

In May, Alfredo Ortiz of the Job Creators Network said that although Democrats claimed the Trump economy was no help to the Hispanic community, the facts revealed the opposite.

Ortiz wrote:

The fact is that Hispanics are flourishing in the Trump economy. Democrats asserting the contrary is a mere partisan talking point to try to deny Trump the Hispanic support he has earned and which may decide the presidential election outcome next year. Expect Democrats to increase their identity politics attacks in an effort to skew Latinos against Republicans over the next year and a half.

In September of 2018, Arora called the rapidly expanding Latino community a “powerful force” and stated that their businesses “contribute more than $700 billion to the economy annually.”

“The achievements of Latino small businesses are impressive when you consider it is often hard for them to gain access to capital. Yet they are making progress,” Arora concluded.

For Kenia Castillo, operator of the popular Canave restaurant in Inwood, New York, it is her dream come true.

“This is the American Dream for us,” she told the New York Post, adding that “We keep getting busier and are now looking at expansion.”

The study found that the top five states for Hispanic owned businesses were California, Texas, New York, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.

“The growth of Latino businesses is undeniable and will undoubtedly increase as this important group becomes a larger section of the population,” said Manuel Chinea, the COO of Popular Bank.

“By 2050, Latinos are expected to comprise almost 30% of the population, compared to 18% today,” he concluded.

Author: Amy Furr

Source: Breitbart: Study: Latino-Owned Businesses Growing at Record Pace in Trump Economy

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