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PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2017 


Featured on today’s rundown; LGBTQ Americans excluded from the 2020 Census; we take a look at how Trump’s energy policies could hurt the sector’s biggest jobs creator; plus how overturning online privacy rules may especially impact immigrants.

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Public News Service - PA: Livable Wages/Working Families

Since 1979, the income of Pennsylvania's top 1 percent has increased by 125 percent. (bykst/pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- State lawmakers and public policy advocates announced a tax plan Wednesday that would raise new revenue while lowering taxes for about half of all Pennsylvania taxpayers. Like a version introduced last year, the proposed "Fair Share Tax" would increase taxes on wealth, such as d

More than half of private-sector workers have no access to a retirement savings plan through their workplace. (401(K)2012/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The U.S. Senate is now considering bills that could overturn rules clarifying how states and cities can help millions of private-sector workers save for retirement. More than half of American workers don't have access to a company pension plan at work. So, the Obama administ

Gabe Morgan, 32BJ SEIU, leads a rally of low-wage workers in Philadelphia on Monday. (32BJ SEIU)

PITTSBURGH – Workers in the Fight for 15 movement rallied on Monday in opposition to Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder. More than two-dozen protests were held around the country. In Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, fast-food cooks, building cleaners, security officers and others gathered out

A coalition of organizations has launched a

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A coalition gathered in the Capitol rotunda in Harrisburg Tuesday to launch what it's calling the "Pennsylvania's Choice" 2017 budget campaign. The groups advocate for consumers, educators, workers and more. They describe the state's tax system as "upside down," asking those

A tentative agreement was reached following a three-day strike by faculty and staff at Pennsylvania's state-owned universities. (APSCUF)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Faculty and staff at Pennsylvania's state-owned universities are getting pay raises just in time for the holidays. Tentative contracts were agreed to after a three-day strike in October, the first in the history of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Facul

The combined state budget deficit could reach almost $3 billion by June 30. (Rlibrandi/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's budget deficit is on course to approach $3 billion by the end of June, but a new report suggests steps the state can take to close that gap. According to the report, called "A Fair Share Tax Proposal for Pennsylvania," the problem is tax cuts - mostly benefitting

In Pennsylvania, 74 percent of eligible children in suburban districts cannot access publicly funded pre-K. (Terren in Virginia/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A majority of eligible children in every Pennsylvania community misses out on the benefits of high quality, publicly funded pre-kindergarten, according to a new report. The report by Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children says about 70 percent of eligible children in rural

Since the Fight for $15 began, 19 million workers have won raises totaling $61.5 billion. (Fibonacci Blue/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – As thousands of low-wage workers staged strikes and protests in cities across the country, a new report shows the fight for a $15 minimum wage is making a difference. Tuesday's job actions in more than 320 cities nationwide marked the fourth anniversary of the first Fight fo

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