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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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Public News Service - MI: Livable Wages/Working Families

Michigan's jobless rate is now 3.7 percent, but fewer people are working today than in 2000. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. -- This Labor Day, while Michigan's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest point in years, analysts say that isn't all good news. Much of the decline, they say, is due to a loss of workers. Michigan's workforce reached its peak of just over 5 million people in 2000, but a new r

Help is available now so income-qualified residents can keep the heat on this winter. (hillarycl/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – While most Michiganders are still soaking up summer, colder weather will be here before long, and the deadline is fast approaching to apply for assistance to help keep warm this winter. The Michigan Home Heating Credit is based on household income and size, and is available

The tipped-wage system leaves many restaurant workers living below poverty level. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Restaurant workers have a tip for diners: Many want to see an end to the tipped wage system in Michigan. Under existing law, employers must pay tipped employees at least $3.38 per hour. They're allowed to collect tips on top of that, but if those tips don't bring their hourl

Experts say encouraging girls to pursue nontraditional careers from an early age will help close the wage gap in Michigan. (Dia2018/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – A baby girl born this year in Michigan won't likely see pay equity in her working life, according to new research which looks at what it will take to close the pay gap across the country. The report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research projects that at the current pa

A new poll shows little public support for a plan to repeal the Michigan state income tax. (Phillip Hoffmeister/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich – Michigan lawmakers looking to phase out the state's income tax over time without a plan to replace it won't find much support from their constituents, according to a new survey. The poll, commissioned by the Michigan League for Public Policy, found that nearly three-quarters

A large crowd is expected Saturday at the Women's March on Lansing. (Phillip Hoffmeister/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. - On the day after Donald Trump takes office, thousands of Michigan women will take to the streets in opposition to the wave of hate crimes, violence and discrimination they say have proliferated since the November election. Clinical psychotherapist Sarah Eisenberg is one of the orga

Early tax filers will have to wait for refunds this year. It's the result of new anti-fraud measures being taken by the Internal Revenue Service. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – It's just about time to give Uncle Sam his share, and some changes this year could affect when those who often rely on tax refunds will get their money back. The IRS will begin accepting 2016 income tax returns on Jan. 23, but because of new anti-fraud measures, taxpayers fi

Michigan lawmakers return to work the second week of January. (MittenStatePhototog/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – At a time when political friction is high, Michigan state leaders are being applauded for coming together to help children and families. The lame duck legislative session just wrapped up with passage of several measures, including a supplemental budget bill (SB 800) that wil

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