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PNS Daily Newscast - August 17, 2017 


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Public News Service - PA: Budget Policy & Priorities

Pennsylvania ranks 47th out of 50 states for state funding per capita for higher education. (William Yurasako/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – As college campuses ramp up for the fall semester, students at Pennsylvania's public universities are among those paying the most for a higher education compared to other states. Total costs for students at the state's 14 public universities have jumped by almost $10,000 a

The Mariner East II project will carry natural gas liquids across 17 counties in Pennsylvania.<br />(Jay Phagan/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Some Pennsylvania landowners now have stronger protections against spills and water contamination associated with construction of the Mariner East II pipeline. State officials approved a settlement that environmental groups reached with Sunoco and the Pennsylvania Departmen

Smoking-related illness adds $6.3 Billion to Pennsylvania health-care costs annually. (realworkhard/pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania has made some progress in its efforts to reduce cancer risks and deaths, but a new report says the state could do more. Tobacco still is the leading cause of preventable cancer in the state, accounting for almost 28 percent of cancer deaths and more than $6.3 b

House Bill 59 would impose work requirements and premiums on Medicaid recipients in Pennsylvania. (Jason Burmeister/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Fiscal analysts say a bill that could pass the General Assembly this week would force some Pennsylvanians off Medicaid. An amendment buried in House Bill 59, one of the bills being considered to implement the state budget, would impose work requirements and add new premiums

Without heating assistance, people may turn to riskier ways of keeping warm. (Antonio Mette/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Responding to the threat of a cut at the federal level, Pennsylvania's Department of Human Services has proposed reducing the budget for home heating assistance. Calling it a "lower-impact program," President Trump wants to eliminate the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Prog

Despite increases, advocates estimate Pennsylvania needs to invest $3 billion more in public education. (Michelle Collins/Wikimedia Commons)

PHILADELPHIA – The state budget that passed the General Assembly last week gives some critical extra funding to education, but advocates say it's still far short of what's needed. The budget passed on Friday, barely making the deadline. It increases basic education funding by $100 million, a

The budget agreement adds $25 million for pre-Kindergarten programs and $4.77 million for Head Start. (Gov. Tom Wolf)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The budget agreement passed by Pennsylvania's General Assembly gives a big boost to early childhood education. The bipartisan spending plan adds $25 million for the state's Pre-K Counts program, and almost $5 million for Head Start. Joan Benso, president and CEO of Pennsylv

A report says as many as 125,000 Pennsylvania children would lose Medicaid health coverage under the new Senate GOP plan. (Val Gempis/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The health-care bill unveiled by Senate Republicans on Thursday would be even worse for Pennsylvania than the House version, according to a new report. Research from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center and Pennsylvania Health Access Network says cuts to Medicaid under

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