States are ending federal unemployment benefits early. Here’s what to know and what’s at stake

States are ending federal unemployment benefits early. Here’s what to know and what’s at stake

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday that the state would end its participation in federal unemployment programs June 26. Justin Merriman | Getty Images News | Getty Images So, what’s going on? At least 16 states have elected to opt out of federal programs paying unemployment benefits. As of Thursday, they include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana,…

Joe Biden promised a $2,000 stimulus check.

What is he giving us? A $1,400 stimulus check.

It may not seem like that big of a deal, but $600 can make a big difference for a working-class family. Joe Biden is not a working-class family. Joe Biden is not suffering from economic hardship during this pandemic.

He needs to be held accountable. $1,400 is better than nothing, but it sure as hell isn’t enough.

Linguistics Jobs: Interview with a Legislative Drafter

This month’s interview is specifically about the field of law, and how Marian found a niche within this larger industry that lets her engage with language in a very real way. Even if you’re not interested in law specifically, this provides a really nice illustration of the fact that there are many fields of work that have a specific subset of jobs and careers that might be more in line with your interests!

What did you study at university?

My undergraduate degree was in Language and Linguistics from Queen's University (Canada).  I took linguistics courses and also studied Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. After undergrad, I went to law school at the University of Victoria, then articled and was called to the bar in British Columbia. I am now a legislative drafter, although my official job title is "Legislative Counsel".

What is your job?

As legislative counsel, I write and provide legal advice about legislation. Ministries give instructions about their policy (eg. make a new program to provide X, change the appeal process for Y,  expand the people eligible for this benefit), and I draft the bill, regulation or order that will give effect to that policy. My job is to find the most accurate, clearest, and most concise way of saying something. I also have to consider the legal effect of what I'm writing. It's challenging but fun. Basically, I get to play with words and logic puzzles all day.

How does your linguistics training help you in your job?

I think that my linguistics training probably helps me with clear writing: a foundation in syntax helps me understand the different parts of a legislative sentence and look out for potential ambiguity. But more than anything, I think it's the underlying love of language that drew me to linguistics that makes legislative drafting such a good fit. Do you have any advice that you wish someone had given to you about linguistics/careers/university?

My advice would be to consider this career if you love linguistics and are also in law. Although I also enjoyed litigation and solicitor work, I wish I had known sooner that legislative drafting was a career option. For someone who loves language and linguistics but then goes on to study law, it's an ideal combination. I remember having that "these are my people!" feeling in my undergraduate linguistics program, and I have that feeling again now.

Any other thoughts or comments?

If you're not planning on going into law but are drawn to the idea of working with legislation, you could also go into legislative editing. Legislative editors edit the regulations, bills and orders that we draft - they can turn something mediocre into something great. If you love language and have an eye for detail, you would probably enjoy legislative editing.

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So I was watching this video and my hubby commented...

So I did a little research and...

They are not quite as small as either of us imagined (personally I was picturing Rhode Island🤷‍♀️) which only left one thing to find out...

We could be doing so much better!! 🤦‍♀️

This is your reminder to wear a mask, wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough, and show a little compassion for others. 🙌😷🌍💔💖

Year of STRQ: Legislation

“Why the hell do we need to know this?” Qrow asked, scowling at his textbook. “So you don’t get arrested,” Summer replied. “Knowing our rights and responsibilities is important.” “You do realize that’s not going to stop me, right?” Summer sighed. “Well, at least you’ll know why you got arrested.”

The thing with Congress is that there aren’t any real rules, it’s all just precedent and guidelines, and while Democrats fee the need to follow the guidelines to the letter, Republicans will railroad through them because they’re unenforceable.

You need 60 votes on legislation to bypass a filibuster, unless it pertains to the budget and taxes, then you only need 51. If the parliamentarian rules that a specific piece of legislation it doesn’t fit that criteria then it has to be struck from the bill, unless the Vice President overrules them or the Senate appoints a new parliamentarian to give them favorable rulings. Everything is a game, and Democrats have given themselves a handicap for no reason.

It’s no wonder that even when they win, they lose.

Scandal-Plagued Illinois Democrat Resigns from Office

Michael Madigan was the longest-serving house speaker in the country

Madigan, who spent over half a century in the Illinois legislature, was implicated in a federal investigation into high-ranking state Democrats' ties with Commonwealth Edison, Illinois's largest utility provider. The utility giant allegedly gave perks worth $1.32 million in exchange for Madigan's rubber stamp on bills in the state legislature, according to federal investigators. He lost his position as speaker in January after failing to secure crucial backing from his Democratic colleagues.