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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2018 


While school shooting survivors demand stricter gun control measures some teachers are talking about their own walkout; Republicans vow to keep fighting the new district map in Pennsylvania; and from the West Coast - a health care group slams Trump's "skinny" insurance plans.

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Public News Service - MN: Budget Policy & Priorities

St. Paul, MN - Some state lawmakers are asking Governor Pawlenty to call a special legislative session to provide flood relief to Southeastern Minnesota. In addition to causing at least six deaths, Senator Ann Lynch of Rochester says the floodwaters have washed out roads, destroyed bridges and swept

Governor Pawlenty and state lawmakers are considering a special session to consider transportation issues in light of the collapse of the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi. At issue is a bill the Governor twice vetoed that would raise the gas tax to fund infrastructure upgrades. Niel Ritchie with th

St. Paul, MN – Gov. Pawlenty's vetoes this week of major spending bills are drawing praise and criticism. Supporters say they hold down state spending. But others, such as House Majority Leader Tony Sertich, say the rejections, especially of the tax bill, deny Minnesotans essential needs and s

The Minnesota House today will consider a plan that could impact tens of thousands of households. Deborah Schlick with the Affirmative Options Coalition says the legislation would change state law to help more families get out of poverty and into the workforce. "This bill would restore some of the

A Midwest rural advocacy group says the farm bill being written in Washington offers a great opportunity to give outstate Minnesota an economic boost. Chuck Hassebrook, with the Center for Rural Affairs, says a plan under consideration would provide loans and training to jumpstart the economy. "It

Minnesota non-profits are reacting to President Bush's proposed $3 trillion budget, which includes an increase in military spending. The proposal also contains a commitment to make the president's tax cuts permanent, while eliminating the federal deficit within five years. Steve Francisco, with th

Congress continues work on a new farm bill, which will shape the agriculture economy and impact consumers for the next five years. Now there are calls for it to focus on rural communities and small farms. Daniel Owens with the Center for Rural Affairs says that would require a change from current p

As President Bush was delivering his State of the Union speech last evening, reaction was coming in to Governor Pawlenty’s $34 billion budget proposal. Eliot Seide is with AFSCME Council 5, which represents 43,000 Minnesota workers. He worries that while it includes money set aside for a possi

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