>>This Week In Economic Reports (Undated) -- There's a whole host of economic reports coming up this week. The latest consumer confidence report comes out today along with the Case-Shiller home price index. Pending home sales are due Wednesday. Thursday brings the GDP report and weekly jobless claims. Consumer sentiment, personal income and spending wrap up the week.
>>Senate GOP Moves To Eliminate Biden Loan Forgiveness Plan
(Washington, DC) -- Senate Republicans are kicking off an effort to do away with President Biden's student loan forgiveness program. Senators Bill Cassidy, Joni Ernst and John Cornyn will introduce a resolution to overturn the debt relief program as soon as this week. Republicans say the program unfairly transfers the burden from those who willingly took out loans to those who never went to college or have already paid their loans off. The proposal was brought under the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to overturn rules with a simple majority. The program, which promises up to 20-thousand dollars of forgiveness for eligible borrowers, is currently blocked and the Supreme Court will issue a ruling on whether to allow it to move forward this summer.
>>NJ Grants Five Companies Money To Expand Green Energy Workforce
(Trenton, NJ) -- New Jersey is granting five companies millions of dollars to expand their green energy workforce. It's all part of the state's BRIDGE Initiative Grant Award to support pilot programs focused on building a diverse and inclusive green workforce. First Lady Tammy Murphy held a roundtable with grant recipients who say their main focus is making sure the money gets reinvested into communities disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change. Recipients say they're bolstering recruitment by meeting prospective employees where they are, adding the state should invest in an interagency task force that includes workers who are on the ground.