- After the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, millions of Americans received a stimulus check from the government to help weather the economic impacts of the virus. Margaret Morales and Michael Andersen, researchers for the Sightline Institute, are writing a series of articles arguing that the U.S. should more regularly use cash benefits to help people in need. They say that cash benefits are more flexible and more helpful than other social safety programs like SNAP or TANF. Morales and Andersen join us.
- Many Oregon restaurants closed their doors and laid off workers after Gov. Kate Brown issued her stay-at-home order. Some resumed with takeout and delivery service, while others are still figuring out when, how and whether to reopen once they’re legally allowed to offer table service again. We talk with Nossa Familia’s Augusto Carneiro, Han Ly Hwang with Kim Jong Grillin and Betsy McDonald with The Lemon Tree in Bend.
- The Oregon Chinese Coalition knew what was coming. Many of the nonprofit’s board members have relatives in China, some in the epicenter of the initial COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan. Once it was clear that the virus had spread to the United States, the coalition wanted to help protect doctors and nurses caring for patients with COVID-19. It took almost a month, but the members were able to use connections with China and donations from around the state to get a shipment of more than 12,000 N95 masks from China and distribute them to Oregon hospitals. Oregon Chinese Coalition board member Qusheng Jin joins us to talk about this community effort.
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