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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


In focus on our Friday Rundown; the U.S. Senate takes a first step towards passing major tax cuts; holiday help wanted as retail and restaurant job opportunities abound; plus, we report on a website that helps new moms take 12 from work.

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Public News Service - CO: Budget Policy & Priorities

Colorado families who earn too much for tax credits or subsidies could face a 33 percent increase in health-insurance premiums in 2018. (Getty Images)

DENVER - Consumer advocates warn that President Trump's decision to stop payments to health-insurance companies will hit middle-class families the hardest through increased premiums and could end up unraveling the marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act for people who don't get insurance

In 2016, 235,000 SNAP recipients were Colorado children. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Groups that advocate for children, the elderly and people with disabilities are rolling up their sleeves in the wake of the budget passed last week in the U.S. House of Representatives. The measure includes $150 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner has co-sponsored legislation that would restore funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, which expired last Saturday. (Getty Images)

DENVER – The new budget passed by the U.S. House yesterday could add insult to injury for healthcare providers. Critics say the measure's tax cuts - that primarily benefit the wealthy and large corporations - would require over $470 billion in cuts to Medicare and at least a trillion dollars

Coloradans with incomes of at least $1 million a year will get an average tax cut of $170,000 under the GOP's tax plan. (Pixabay)

DENVER – The top 1 percent of taxpayers are set to get big tax cuts under the Republican tax proposal, but middle and upper middle income earners in Colorado will end up paying more, according to a new 50-state analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. Ali Mickelson, directo

In the 2015-2016 election cycle, fossil-fuel companies invested $354 million in campaign contributions and lobbying. (Getty Images)

DENVER - As Washington grapples with rebooting the nation's tax code, a new report makes a compelling argument for eliminating tax breaks for the fossil-fuel industry. Senior scientist Peter Erickson, the study's lead author, said market forces - like current oil prices - would prevent industry fro

Scientists warn that extreme weather events, such as Hurricane Harvey, are likely to become more frequent and powerful as the planet warms. (Getty Images)

DENVER – Economists warn that the costs of climate change in the U.S. – including from the health impacts of air pollution and natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires – could top $350 billion annually in the next 10 years. But Ryan Wiser, a senior scientist with the La

Residents of Westminster, Colo., are asking the city to consider creating an affordable-housing trust fund to help struggling families stay in their homes. (Getty Images)

WESTMINSTER, Co. – We Organize Westminster, or WOW, has a public assembly Saturday to address what the group is calling a housing and renters' rights crisis in the Denver suburb. In the five years, Inez Marquez has lived at the Copperwood Apartments, she says the rent for the one-bedroom uni

AARP Colorado holds a town hall meeting at the Evans Community Center, 1100 37th St., from 1 to 3  p.m. on Tuesday. (City of Evans)

DENVER – AARP Colorado is on the road for its statewide Get in the Know Tour to find out what older Coloradans think about the current political climate, and to give updates on upcoming legislation. Kelli Fritts, director of advocacy for AARP Colorado, says the issue weighing heaviest on peo

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