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Courts Give Tribes Big Wins Against Trump Administration

Courts Give Tribes Big Wins Against Trump Administration

On Tuesday, a federal judge in Washinton ordered the Treasury Department to disburse the $679 million in COVID relief funding the agency had set aside for certain Alaskan native businesses while awaiting a decision in another case to determine whether those businesses, which are not tribal governments, are eligible for the funding.  In addition, an appeals court in Washington invalidated the final oil and gas leases on Blackfeet Tribe sacred lands in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine region adjacent to Glacier National Park.

Why This Matters: Native American tribal governments must be treated fairly under the law.

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Oil and Gas Companies Use Tax Cuts in Stimulus, Renewables Promised Tax Credit Extension

Oil and Gas Companies Use Tax Cuts in Stimulus, Renewables Promised Tax Credit Extension

In what one tax watchdog called a “stealth” bailout, dozens of oil and gas companies are taking advantage of provisions in the CARES law to write off losses right away and get an immediate tax refund against prior years’ earnings going back to 2018, according to Bloomberg News

Why This Matters:  These refunds also carry forward – so oil and gas companies can expect to pay zero taxes for years to come, according to Bloomberg.

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Is Public Transit Going to Be Able To Recover From COVID?

Is Public Transit Going to Be Able To Recover From COVID?

Public transportation nationwide is taking a huge hit from coronavirus — in California, for example, ridership is down by 90% or more and each week, public transportation systems are losing millions due to social distancing and shelter in place orders. 

Why This Matters:  Public transportation is vital and it is also key for the automobile emissions reductions that we need to combat climate change and air pollution generally.

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