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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2017 


Today on the rundown: the Senate GOP releases a draft of their health-care bill; Tropical Storm Cindy is bringing heavy rainfall to the South; and could Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “tough on drugs” approach fuel mass incarceration?

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Public News Service - CT: Budget Policy & Priorities

Keeping high-needs patients healthy reduces hospitalizations and emergency room visits, according to a new report. (CDC/Amanda Mills)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Community health workers, who provide a link between patients and clinical care, can improve the health of high-needs patients and help control medical costs, according to a new report. The report from the Connecticut Health Foundation looks at successful community health w

Helping people with disabilities live independently saves Connecticut millions of dollars a year. (CDC)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Advocates for people with disabilities say cutting funding for the state's independent living centers would cost Connecticut millions of dollars. In his efforts to close the state's $5.5 billion, two-year budget shortfall, Gov. Dannel Malloy has proposed eliminating the ent

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

Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island have blocked or overturned pipeline charges similar to those being debated in the Connecticut General Assembly. (NPCA Online/Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Environmental and consumer groups are urging passage of an amendment in the state Senate that would protect Connecticut electric customers from being forced to pay for new gas pipelines. The proposed amendment to Senate Bill 861 would overturn a pipeline tax passed in 2015 to fund

Budgets proposed by Gov. Dannel Malloy and state legislators all cut spending on children's programs and services to record lows. (Dannel Malloy/Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. – An analysis of four proposed state budgets finds they all would cut critical spending on programs for children to record lows and still fail to address the causes of the deficit. The proposals - from Gov. Dannel Malloy, House Republicans and Democrats, and Senate Republican

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

The Connecticut GOPís proposed state budget would eliminate the Citizens Election Program. (jglazer75/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Good government groups are saying 'no' to GOP plans to scrap Connecticut's campaign-funding system. The Citizens Election Program, or CEP, was passed in 2005 in the wake of a corruption scandal that put former governor John Rowland in prison. Saying they need to close the state'

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,

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