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PNS Daily News - March 28, 2017 


We’re covering a variety of issues today including: word of a secret White House visit prompts calls for the House Intelligence chair to recuse himself from the Russia investigation; internet activity could be sold to the highest bidder under a bill up for a vote; and new research shows Uncle Sam is taking more from undocumented immigrants than the wealthy.

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The Climate and Community Protection Act called for 100 percent renewable energy in the state of New York by 2050. (Kenueone/pixabay.com)

NEW YORK -- The state budget must fight climate change and create green jobs - that's the message labor union leaders are sending to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. With the Trump administration rolling back federal programs to combat climate change, leaders of a half dozen labor unions have written a letter t

Fees on some payroll debit cards can effectively lower pay below minimum wage. (creative-commons-images.com)

NEW YORK – Labor, consumer and good government groups are asking the state to appeal a decision throwing out rules for payroll debit cards. About 13,000 businesses employing some 200,000 workers in New York pay those workers with debit cards. But some of those cards charge so many fees that

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the announcement. (GovernorAndrewCuomo/Flickr)

NEW YORK – Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants college to be tuition-free for low- and middle-income New York families. The governor's proposal, which he calls the Excelsior Scholarship, would supplement existing state and federal tuition assistance programs to make attendance at any state or city two- o

In 2013-2015, 46 percent of food-insecure New Yorkers were also working. (USDA)

NEW YORK – An annual survey of demand at soup kitchens and food pantries across New York finds food insecurity has increased, including among people who have jobs. Right now, a full-time, minimum-wage worker with two children in New York earns an income below the federal poverty level. Accor

Seventy percent of freelancers report problems getting paid for their work. (Freelancers Union/Flickr)

NEW YORK – A bill passed by the New York City Council to protect freelance workers from wage theft is being called a historic first. The Freelance Isn't Free Act passed unanimously late last week. A report issued in 2015 found that 70 percent of New York City freelance workers reported proble

More than 97 percent of New York children now have health insurance. (Bill Branson/Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N.Y. – New York state reduced the number of uninsured children by almost 40 percent in two years, the fifth largest decline in uninsured children in the nation, according to a report released today by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The report shows between

Advocates want New York City’s pension funds to divest from fossil-fuel industries.  (Maki Isayama/350NYC)

NEW YORK – New York City's public employee unions are considering a push to remove pension fund investments from fossil-fuel industries. The five pension funds in question total around $170 billion, with more than $7 billion invested in fossil fuels. In 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed ta

Nationally, undocumented workers pay an estimated $12B a year in state and local taxes. (davispigeon0/pixabay.com)

NEW YORK – Undocumented immigrants in New York say they'll release their personal tax returns if all the presidential candidates release theirs. Immigrants and faith leaders gathered at the Judson Memorial Church Monday to say they are tired of being used as scapegoats by politicians who claim

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