JERUSALEM (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has drastically reduced its funding to the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees. The reduction in 2020 came as the UAE signed a U.S.-brokered normalization accord with Israel that was heavily criticized by the Palestinian Authority. The agency known as UNRWA provides vital services to some 5.7 million registered Palestinian refugees across the Mideast, mainly descendants of the 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were driven out of Israel during the 1948 war surrounding its creation. A U.N. spokesman said on Friday that the UAE donated $51.8 million to UNRWA in 2018 and again in 2019, but in 2020 it gave the agency just $1 million.
Batesville, In. — As many taxpayers prepare returns many ponder exactly how much value they get for the money they really have no say in spending. A new study by WalletHub compares all 50 states in 30 metrics.Indiana ranks 16th in Return On Investment (ROI) and 23rd in Total Taxes Paid Per Capita (TTPC). Ohio comes in at 13th in ROI and 16th in TTPC. Kentucky ranks 25th in ROI and 21st in TTPC. Indiana comes in the best in the tri-state for Overall Government Services at number 20.A link to the full study is here.