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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - PA: Poverty Issues

Despite record high stock prices, budget proposals cut taxes for the rich and aid for the poor. (alessandrodandrea/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Poverty in Pennsylvania is almost back to pre-recession levels, but the programs that made that possible are under threat from Washington, according to a new report from the Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) and the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania (CAAP). Census

One executive order allows the creation of insurance plans that don't provide essential benefits required by the Affordable Care Act. (White House)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Fiscal analysts say President Donald Trump's actions to undermine the Affordable Care Act put health insurance at risk for 400,000 Pennsylvanians. First, the President ordered federal agencies to allow insurance policies that don't meet ACA requirements for covering essential ca

Analysts say the House budget cuts $5.8 trillion from Medicare, Medicaid, education and other public services over 10 years. (MotionStudios/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA -- Labor leaders say the House budget resolution that was passed last week would give huge tax breaks to the rich by cutting programs that help the poor and middle class. The Republican budget would cut almost $6 trillion from Medicare, Medicaid, education, infrastructure and other cr

The Pennsylvania Constitution requires

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Public school advocates have won a significant victory in their efforts to reform state spending on public education. In 2015, the Commonwealth Court dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of Pennsylvania parents, school districts and statewide organizations. That court reli

The report says every dollar invested in quality pre-K programs returns $4 in the long term. (an3344625/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania school principals agree that enrolling children in quality pre-K programs gives them important tools for learning, according to a new report. The report, from the Pre-K for PA campaign and the Pennsylvania Principals Association, found almost 99 percent of elem

Advocates say failure to renew the programs could force rural hospitals to cut services or close. (Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – As many as 25 rural hospitals in Pennsylvania could be in trouble if Congress doesn't act. Two programs that boost Medicare payments to rural hospitals will expire at the end of this month if they are not renewed or replaced. Hospitals in isolated areas often serve lower nu

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

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

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