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Could a “Digital Tax” Be on the Way for Virginia?

  JUN 16, 2020

Lawmakers will return to Richmond later this summer for a special session, and they’ll be looking for ways to fund criminal justice reform during an economic crisis.

Virginia is one of 12 states that does not apply a sales tax to streaming platforms, missing out on about $10 million a year.

Chris Wodicka at the Commonwealth Institute says lawmakers could help fund new priorities and balance the books during an economic crisis by modernizing the tax code.

“If you went to your local video rental place, probably those don’t really exist anymore but you would pay sales tax on that,” he says. “But if you were to watch the exact same thing from your home, getting it on demand, you wouldn’t pay tax on that at this point. So this is really just updating the tax code for changes in technology.”

During the pandemic, streaming services have boomed while people have been staying at home. That could be a lucrative source of tax revenue.

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Kennedy Center board chairman David Rubenstein hosts new PBS history series

You know him as co-founder of The Carlyle Group and chairman of the Boards of Trustees at the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian and Council on Foreign Relations.

Starting July 3, David Rubenstein will host “History with David Rubenstein,” a 10-episode program airing on PBS stations across the country, including WETA in the nation’s capital.

“I started interviewing people who are historians at the New York Historical Society a few years ago and ultimately they decided to start a series,” Rubenstein said. “I interview great historians about their books or people who’ve been important figures in history.”

The series kicks off with the late great political commentator and author Cokie Roberts.

“Cokie was a longtime friend,” Rubenstein said. “I interviewed her about her three books that she wrote about women and their role in history. … Although many people think of her as a correspondent and interviewer, she actually was a very gifted writer about history. The fact that she passed away not too long ago makes it much more emotional.”

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These 9 hand sanitizers may contain a potentially fatal ingredient, FDA warns

CNN | June 22, 2020, 5:29 PM

The US Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers not to use hand sanitizer products manufactured by Eskbiochem SA due to the potential presence of a toxic chemical.

The FDA has discovered methanol, a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through skin or ingested, in samples of Lavar Gel and CleanCare No Germ hand sanitizers, both produced by the Mexican company.

Eskbiochem did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNN.

The FDA recommends that consumers avoid the following brands of hand sanitizers produced by Eskbiochem:

  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
  • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)

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