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PNS Weekend Newscast - March 25th, 2017 


Here's a look at the news we're covering:  A big blow to the GOP and President Trump when the plan to replace Obama Care fails,  A couple of new reports out on the state of water in the U.S show work needs to be done and budget cuts in one state are threatening those who are most vulnerable. 

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Public News Service - CT: Livable Wages/Working Families

The median debt for graduates of four-year, for-profit colleges in Connecticut is more than $28,000. (Michael Fleshman/Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Most students who enroll in for-profit colleges in Connecticut don't graduate, and those who do are deeper in debt, according to the Center for Responsible Lending. The group's report says only 35 percent of students graduate from for-profit colleges in the state, compared t

Subsidies for infant, toddler and preschool child care helps low-income families stay employed. (Fairfax County/flickr.com)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – About 3,000 families are already on the wait list for Care 4 Kids, Connecticut's state childcare subsidy, and that number is going up. According to a new report from Connecticut Voices for Children, when the program serving low-income families hit a $33 million budget shortf

Public employees' collective bargaining rights have been under attack in several states. (Fibonacci Blue/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Hundreds of state workers packed the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Tuesday to oppose a bill that would end collective bargaining over pension benefits. House Bill 5552 would apply to recent and future state and municipal employees. Proponents of the bill say it w

Connecticut legislators must close a $3 billion budget deficit over the next two fiscal years. (Jim Bowen/Flickr)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – New revenue will be vital to Connecticut's long-term economic health, that's according to a new report by children's advocates. Last year, legislators relied entirely on cuts totaling some $850 million to balance the state budget. But Derek Thomas, a fiscal policy fellow a

TANF core activities include job programs. (Flazingo Photos/flickr.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A new study shows that Connecticut uses only 30 percent of its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds for basic assistance, work programs and child care. A policy brief, prepared by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, shows that on average states spend

An estimated 60 percent to 70 percent of low-wage immigrant workers experience wage theft. (torbakhopper/Flickr)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A New Haven grocery store has been ordered to pay more than 175-thousand dollars for retaliating against workers. Two years ago, the owner of Gourmet Heaven was arrested for stealing a quarter-million dollars in wages from two dozen workers who had worked 72-hour weeks for as litt

Child care and housing make up almost half of the household survival budget for a family of four in Connecticut. (USMC/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – More than a quarter of Connecticut households have jobs but still have trouble making ends meet, according to an updated report from United Way. Meet ALICE, a term that applies to more than 350,000 households in Connecticut. It stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained

The share of private-sector jobs in low-wage industries has increased by 20 percent in Connecticut since 2001. (Jan McLaughlin /Flickr)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Economic inequality is growing in Connecticut, and a new report says that's putting a huge burden on low-wage workers and minority families. The report from Connecticut Voices for Children documented a long-term shift in jobs and wages in the state. According to report co-author

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