2 . Learn if your elected officials are holding a meeting you can attend
Town Hall Project - Want to see if your Representative or Senators will be holding a meeting YOU can attend? Go to the Town Hall Project's website and put in your zipcode. It is your opportunity to connect and make a difference.

3 . Take Sen. Grassley's advice: Pursue co-sponsors for CERTS
4 . UMA Welcomes 21 new Members
Able Trek Tours Inc.
Reedsburg, WI

Adventure with Northeastern INC Tarboro, NC

Barracuda Travels, LLC
Tampa, FL

Blakney Charter Service LLC Northport, AL

Continental Buslines LLC
Houston, TX

Cruzado Transit Inc.
Kissimmee, FL

East Potomac Tours
Brandywine, MD

GTS Charter
Inglewood, CA

Jano Coach Lines, Inc.
Davie, FL

King Limousine Service Inc.
Mission Viejo, CA

LA Charter Bus Lines, LLC
Los Angeles, CA

Marcus Paulo Tours Inc
Fairview, NJ

Panna Charters
Fresno, CA
Phoenix Bus, Inc.
Orlando, FL

Rill's Bus Service
Westminster, MD

RN Entertainment, LLC
Lebanon, TN

Rocky Top Tours INC
Maryville, TN

S & H Transportation Inc.
Durham, NC

Thunder Star Stages
Santa Rosa, CA

Unique Tours LLC
Williamsburg, VA

Westway Charters
Playa Del Rey, CA

5 . UMA Member Lancer Insurance shares important reminder: Brake Safety Week starts Sunday
6. House Democrats call for airlines to adopt uniform coronavirus standards
The Hill | August 20, 2020 | by Alex Gangitano
Thirty House Democrats on Thursday called on U.S.-based airlines to work together to establish an industrywide set of policies to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The members, led by Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.), sent a letter to 11 airlines, requesting information about policies they have implemented to keep passengers and staff safe amid the pandemic.

They also criticized the Trump administration for not listening to the call from Democrats, airports and unions to require facial coverings for all passengers in terminals and on planes.

7. Payroll tax holiday kicks off in two weeks, but employers may not be prepared
The word Payday circled in red marker on a calendar to remind you of the date you receive your wages_ income and earnings so you may budget your finances
CNBC | August 21, 2020 | by Darla Mercado

Employers and payroll companies have less than two weeks to put President Donald Trump’s payroll tax deferral in place. It’s looking like an uphill battle.

The president signed an executive order on Aug. 8 calling for a deferral of the employees’ portion of the payroll tax from Sept. 1 through the end of the year.

Currently, employers and employees share responsibility for a 12.4% levy that funds Social Security and a 2.9% tax to support Medicare.

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8. Montana, West Virginia, Kentucky intend to boost jobless benefits by $400 a week
Unemployment claim form on an office table.
Forbes | August 20, 2020 | by Shahar Ziv

States have started to mobilize and submit applications to FEMA for the enhanced federal unemployment benefits approved by President Trump on August 8. Initial confusion about the mechanics of the program was partly mitigated by guidance issued by FEMA, which clarified the structure of the program and confirmed that states would not be required to chip in an additional $100 to secure $300 in federal funds.

Most states that are seeking FEMA funding have said they will not pay unemployed workers an optional state match of $100; however, three states (Montana, West Virginia and Kentucky) have indicated they will provide an extra $100, meaning that their unemployed workers will start receiving $400 each week.

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