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PNS Daily News - July 25, 2017 


Another Obamacare repeal showdown expected in the Senate; the President’s son-in-law in the hot seat in the Russia probe; and a setback for federal immigration agents. We’re covering those stories and more on today’s rundown.

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Public News Service - MN: Budget Policy & Priorities

Republicans still are crafting a plan to end President Barack Obama's landmark health care bill. (whitehouse.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Families, workers, nurses and people of faith are asking Minnesota legislators what they are doing to protect and expand health care. The Select Committee on Health Care Consumer Access and Affordability has been discussing hardships state residents would face under health

The pay gap in Minnesota between men and women is nearly $10,000 a year, but state lawmakers still opted to close the Legislative Office on the Economic Status of Women. (mn.us)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- After more than 40 years of service to the state, it's the last week for Minnesota's Legislative Office on the Economic Status of Women. In the last few days of the legislative session, state lawmakers voted to eliminate all OESW funding and prohibit staffing for the office. Bar

Two separate utility hikes could kick in in the near future. (energy gov)

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota families could pay a lot more for utilities if two separate rate hikes are implemented. A request by Minnesota Power is currently going through the public utilities process, and would raise bills for the average consumer by more than 6 percent - which equals about $

A coalition of environmental groups is asking the governor to reject legislation they say will hurt Minnesota's great outdoors. (mn.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Environmental groups in Minnesota say this legislative session was full of cutbacks and rollbacks that will have a detrimental effect on the great outdoors. They've sent letters to Gov. Mark Dayton asking him to veto some bills, including the Jobs Growth and Energy Affordabil

Rural Minnesota farmers worry they'll suffer under a plan by the nation's new Secretary of Agriculture and President Trump's proposed budget. (usda.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Advocates for rural America are scrutinizing a plan by new U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, and say it puts agribusiness ahead of small farmers and rural communities. Just two weeks into the job, Perdue announced a major reorganization to expand the role of t

Advocates are hoping lawmakers keep pedestrian and bicycle safety in mind when drafting a transportation plan. (Virginia Carter)

St. Paul, MN - Advocates are pressing lawmakers to keep the health benefits residents receive from biking to work, school and for recreation while debating transportation funding, saying active living is a critical component of improving health outcomes and reducing chronic diseases. Comments from D

Retirees in Minnesota pay taxes on the Social Security benefits they receive. Only a dozen other states tax these benefits. (Virginia Carter)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With a budget deadline looming, Gov. Mark Dayton and state legislative leaders are still working on the framework of an agreement. Sticking points include how much of Minnesota's budget surplus will go to tax cuts, and which specific tax cuts will be included in the final p

Minnesota's share in a settlement with Volkswagen is $47 million. (Virginia Carter)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Advocates say lawmakers in Minnesota may be jeopardizing nearly a half billion dollars the state is set to receive in an environmental settlement. Volkswagen lost a court battle that revealed it violated the Clean Air Act over so-called "cheater vehicles" that had software

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