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TREASURY SECRETARY YELLEN COMMENTS ON A GLOBAL MINIMUM CORPORATE TAX RATE

You often hear “global this” and “global that.” The use of the word in connection with any U-S domestic policy invokes trepidation among many Americans.

However, the Biden Administration’s Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, at Tuesday’s meeting of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, felt free to use the word during her comments on a Global Minimum Corporate Tax Rate . . . .

CITY COUNCIL MEETS THIS EVENING

The Huntsville City Council meets for a regular session this evening at six at City Hall.

Councilmembers will hear proclamations on National Library Week and Sexual Assault Awareness Week.

They will hold a Public Hearing to hear comments on the Conditional Use Permit Application for a Self-Storage Facility to be expanded on property located at 20 FM 1791.

Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” includes an ordinance to amend the budget for Fiscal Year 20-21 and/or capital improvement project budgets. Councilmembers will also consider purchase of office supplies and related items estimated at $53,000 from Office Depot utilizing OMNIA Partners Purchasing Cooperative.

On tonight’s “Statutory Agenda,” councilmembers will consider the Conditional Use Permit Application for a Self-Service Storage Facility to be expanded on property located at 20 FM 1791.

Also tonight, City Attorney Leonard Schneider will address the council on considering an ordinance suspending the rates proposed by Centerpoint Energy Resources Corporation doing-business-as Center Point Energy Entex Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program filing made with the City on March 4, 2021.

Councilmembers will also consider approving nominees for the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Number One Board of Directors.

Councilmembers will discuss Items of Community Interest.

In closed “Executive Session,” councilmembers will meet to discuss the vacant City Secretary position and to receive legal advice on complaints made by Jesus Rodriguez.

They will reconvene and take action on “Executive Session” items, if necessary.

TWO VACCINE DOSES OR ONE? — DOCTOR ANTHONY FAUCI COMMENTS

According to a new CDC Study, a single dose of Pfizer’s or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine was 80% effective in preventing infections. However, the CDC said two doses are better than one, and that the vaccine’s effectiveness jumped to 90% two weeks after the second dose.

Immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday he supports continuing on the two doses for these vaccines underway at present . . . .

CORONAVIRUS & TESTING UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Monday, April 5, yesterday, DSHS, hospitals and clinics reported1,596 active cases of Coronavirus and 70 fatalities among members of the community.

Free Curative testing kiosks are located at 125 Medical Park Lane. All testing is by appointment only through Curative.com daily from 8 AM until 5 PM. To find additional COVID-19 Test Sites, go to Curative.com.

SHSU STUDENT SELECTED TO ATTEND SPECIAL LINK PROGRAM

Sam Houston State University junior, Jackera Davis, was one of only 32 students from a nationwide search selected to attend the LINK program for Acting & Musical Theatre.

The national program is designed to connect students to potential agents and opportunities through workshops and a showcase, and only 3% of applicants are accepted.

One of three previous SHSU musical theatre students who attended the program nominated Davis. She was nominated both her freshman and sophomore years as well, but this March, after the third try, she was accepted.

Davis said the experience changed how she views herself and how the program gave her a lot more confidence.

GOVERNOR ABBOTT RECENTLY PROVIDED AN UPDATE ON OPERATION LONE STAR IN WESLACO

Governor Greg Abbott recently held a press conference in Weslaco where he provided an update on Texas’ response to the humanitarian crisis at the southern border through Operation Lone Star. Prior to the press conference, the Governor received a briefing from the Texas Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement on the ongoing crisis at the border.

Since the launch of Operation Lone Star on March 4th, DPS has made 598 criminal arrests and made over 16,000 referrals of illegal immigrants to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This averaged out to 21 criminal arrests per day and more than 571 referrals per day to border patrol. The operation has also led to the seizure of 14 pounds of cocaine, 23 fire arms, and millions of dollars in currency, and the arrests of nine gang members involved in the movement of this contraband.

Governor Abbott also highlighted the rise in violence at the border, detailing stories of abuse, assault, rape, and attempted murder of migrants at the hands of smugglers and cartel members. The Governor recognized DPS Trooper Curtis Woodard, who helped rescue a mother and her six-month old baby who were thrown from a raft into the river by cartel members. The Governor noted that the Biden Administration’s continued refusal to secure the border has perpetuated the sharp rise in illegal crossings and urged President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to take immediate action to end the humanitarian crisis.

Governor Abbott said, “Operation Lone Star is delivering results to keep our communities safe, but it is also exposing the continued failures of the Biden Administration to secure the border.”  He said, “I want to thank the men and women of the Texas Department of Public Safety, the National Guard, and U.S. Border Patrol for putting their lives on the line every day to secure the border, arrest dangerous criminals, and protect the victims of trafficking and smuggling. It is past time for the federal government to step up and secure the border, and I am urging the Biden Administration to take action now to save lives and get this crisis under control.”

The Governor was joined for the press conference and briefing by DPS Director Colonel Steve McCraw, Adjutant General of Texas Tracy Norris, members of the National Border Patrol Council, and local law enforcement.

CDC HAS NEW RULES FOR TRAVEL

If you haven’t heard, there are new rules from the CDC for travel. On Friday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky passed along guidelines . . . .

In regard to traveling in and out of the United States, she said . . . .

Director Walensky also said, “Our guidance reiterates that all travelers, regardless of vaccination status should continue to wear masks on planes, buses, trains and other forms of transportation.”