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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 - CT: Senior Issues

Last year, Tax-Aide volunteers helped 31,000 Connecticut residents file their state and federal income-tax returns. (stevepb/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Tax day is still months away, but now's the time to volunteer to give low- and middle-income people in Connecticut help in preparing their income-tax returns. The AARP Foundation has been recruiting and training volunteers for its Tax-Aide program for almost 50 years. They

The plan could help 600,000 Connecticut workers save for retirement. (Alexandra_Koch/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The authority that will be overseeing Connecticut's new Retirement Security Program has its first meeting today. The 15-member board will guide the launch of the retirement savings program signed into law in 2016. The Retirement Security Program requires businesses with five or

AARP estimates that home and community care is one-third the cost of a nursing home. (Myfuture.com/Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut has made progress in meeting the long-term care needs of seniors, but advocates say proposed cuts to the state budget could wipe out those gains. A new state-by-state scorecard from the Commonwealth Fund shows Connecticut has improved its performance in helping

Connecticut's governor proposes cutting or eliminating programs that help seniors remain in their homes as they age. (Tunstall/Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. - A new round of proposed budget cuts in Connecticut would inflict more harm on programs that save the state money, according to advocates for seniors. Gov. Dannel Malloy on Monday unveiled a budget blueprint that includes cuts to programs that help seniors remain in their homes, in

Limiting access to homecare services would force some seniors into expensive nursing homes. (geralt/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Advocates for seniors say Gov. Dannel Malloy's proposed budget would put Connecticut seniors at risk. According to AARP, the governor's budget would erode seniors' access to vital programs, affecting everything from prescription drugs to home health care. Claudio Gualtieri,

Proposed federal and state budget cuts are jeopardizing programs such as Meals on Wheels, in Connecticut and across the country. (Dwight Burdette/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Proposed state and federal budget cuts threaten Connecticut's most vulnerable residents. That's the message service providers and customers took to Harford on Thursday. Gov. Dannel Malloy wants to cut funding for the Human Services Infrastructure Community Action Program by 20 per

Under the American Health Care Act, health-insurance premiums for older Americans would increase sharply. (Rhoda Baer/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Advocates for seniors in Connecticut say older Americans would end up paying much more for insurance under the Republicans' proposed health-care law. The Congressional Budget Office analysis of the plan, released Monday, says there would be winners and losers. A single, 21-

In a survey, 87 percent of Connecticut residents said Dominion Power should open its books to the public and state legislators. (energy.gov/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A new poll shows a majority of Connecticut voters want the owners of the Millstone Nuclear Power Plant to open their books before any subsidy is approved. Dominion Power says it has seen a 44-percent decline in prices for its power over the past ten years. Legislators are l

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