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Treasury Sanctions Chinese Companies for Illicit N. Korea Trade

The Treasury Department on Thursday imposed sanctions on two Chinese companies linked to illicit cargo transfers to North Korea in violation of U.S. and U.N. sanctions.

The two companies, Dalian Haibo International Freight Co. Ltd., and Liaoning Danxing International Forwarding Co. Ltd., helped Pyongyang evade sanctions by facilitating ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum and other acquisitions that violate sanctions.

Business Community Opposes Colorado Paid Family Leave Legislation

The Colorado business community is lining up in opposition to proposed legislation that would require all job creators in the state to provide a minimum three months of paid time off.

Any Colorado worker meeting specific criteria would be eligible for 12 weeks of paid family leave, according to Senate Bill (SB) 188, the Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) bill.

Florida Bills Seek to Require Two-Thirds Majority for Passage of Sales Tax Referendums

A constitutional amendment adopted by voters in November requires a two-thirds majority of legislators in both chambers to approve a new state tax or a tax increase.

Meanwhile, taxpayers in 56 of Florida’s 67 counties, and in 19 school districts across the state, are paying $4.3 billion annually in “local option” sales tax levies to build schools, widen roads or finance mass transit projects.

Eight of 11 such “local option” sales tax increases were approved in referendums in 2018.

Pompeo: Omar’s Anti-Semitic Comments ‘Abhorrent’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in his first public comments on the matter, forefully condemned Democratic freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D., Minn.) use of anti-Semitic tropes, calling them “abhorrent” and condemning her repeated anti-Semitic declarations as contributing to the rise of anti-Semitism across the globe.

Pompeo, who is in Israel for meetings with top officials, was asked during an interview in Jerusalem about Omar’s repeated declarations that influential Jewish people control politics and foreign policy.