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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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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

Environmentalists say every $1 invested in the Green Bank brings $8 of private investment in clean energy. (MariaGodfrida/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Environmental advocates say state legislators should not try to balance the budget by raiding funds that protect air quality and support clean energy and energy efficiency. The Republican 2-year budget, passed with some Democratic support, would take $10 million a year from the

The new RGGI reductions will reduce carbon pollution by more than 132 million tons through 2030. (Benita5/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut and eight other states are stepping up their efforts to cut carbon emissions. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, has announced it will extend its pollution cap to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent of 2020 levels over the next 13 years. RGGI s

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

The latest analysis says without the Affordable Care Act, more than 161,000 Connecticut residents would have no health insurance. (sasint/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Trump administration remains determined to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but a new analysis shows that in Connecticut, the law has had some real benefits. The Urban Institute report says the ACA has cut the rate of residents with no health insurance almost in half sta

A new report says 200 megawatts of shared solar projects would create 2,580 jobs in Connecticut. (Vote Solar)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Investing in community solar could bring thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in wages, investments and tax revenues to Connecticut, according to a recent report. The report, from the group Vote Solar, says a statewide program creating 200 megawatts of shared solar pow

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

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