The singing truly never gets any better.
Happening in the World: An unmanned space capsule has been sent from Kazakhstan to assist in the return of three astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) after their initial return vehicle suffered damage from a small meteoroid. The capsule is set to dock at the ISS on Sunday, but the three astronauts are not expected to return until September. (BBC)
Happening in the US: The White House is pressing congressional Republicans to increase fines on rail companies for safety violations, following a train derailment in Ohio that caused health and safety worries in East Palestine after chemicals were released from dozens of derailed train cars operated by Norfolk Southern. The Biden-Harris administration is urging Republicans to work with them to reinstate safety measures, and legislation to increase fines, as the maximum fine for hazardous material transportation violations is only $225,455—less than 1% of Norfolk Southern’s profits in 2022. (AP)
Happening in NYC: New York State saw a significant increase of 21% in taxpayers who earned at least $1 million in 2021, despite the fact that millionaires fled the state at a higher rate than the general population, according to recently released tax data. The state collected $67.2 billion in income taxes in 2021, and the top 50% of earners accounted for virtually all of it. Governor Kathy Hochul is proposing a three-year extension of a higher tax rate on corporations with at least $5 million in annual revenue, but some legislative Democrats want to go further by boosting the corporate tax, increasing personal income taxes on the wealthy, and taxing things like valuable inheritances. (Gothamist)
Happening in Our Community: Join FLI Network and upLIFT House tonight at River Hall basement from 7:30 to 9:30 pm to enjoy an evening of singing, snacking, and other activities. If you’re a Barnard/GS student and don’t have swipe access to residential areas, please contact the FLI Network via direct message or email upon arriving at River Hall.
Bwog pretending to be a professional singer via Flickr