What a difference a week can make! Temperatures will top out in the 50s and 60s each afternoon with sunny skies through the first half of the week. Showers will return to the forecast later in the week. Enjoy the warmer temperatures!
Bedrock Bee can only watch as the garden he helped plant at the epicenter of Richmond’s racial justice movement last year fades. • An 8-foot-tall fence stands between him and the land, informally renamed Marcus-David Peters Circle for a Black high school teacher fatally shot, while in a mental health crisis, by a Richmond police officer. • The state erected the barrier a month ago last week in the name of progress toward racial justice, preparing for the removal of the last Confederate statue standing on Monument Avenue. In the process, it shut Bee out of a space Black and brown people had reclaimed for healing. Read more
(The Center Square) – With plans to include a $15 minimum wage in President Joe Biden administration’s COVID-19 recovery proposal quashed by rules procedures, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, has introduced his own wage hike. Read more
(The Center Square) – The Democrats’ $1.9 trillion emergency relief bill – which is up for a vote Friday – includes a slew of bailout money for state governments unrelated to the pandemic, opponents say. Read more
(The Center Square) – State and local governments could have more leeway in reporting the components of their balance sheets, based on a proposal under review. Critics, however, say, it could to lead to a less-than-accurate depiction of an entity’s financial situation. Read more