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    PNS Daily News - February 27, 20150 


    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; House Republicans vow the net neutrality fight is far from over; around the globe it’s a day to stand up against bullying; and a California group goes after the dog and cat meat trade.

Livable Wages/Working Families

PHOTO: Solar panels, such as these at the Wisconsin Governor's Executive Residence, are becoming more popular in the Badger State. A new report from The Solar Foundation shows steady growth in the number of Wisconsin jobs connected directly to the solar industry. (Photo credit: Wisconsin.gov)

MADISON, Wis. - Solar power has been growing by leaps and bounds in the past five years, according to a new report from The Solar Foundation, which says Wisconsin added around 100 more solar jobs in the past year. Wisconsin ranks 22nd in the nation in number of solar-industry jobs, most of them in ...Read More

PHOTO: Caring for a sick little one is hard for many Michiganders who do not have paid sick leave time at work. But a new poll finds the majority of voters would support paid-sick-leave policies. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman

LANSING, Mich. - Taking paid time off work to cope with illness is a luxury nearly half of Michigan workers cannot afford, but it's a policy many favor. A new poll from Denno Research shows that 86 percent of Michigan voters support paid sick time for employees. For 46 percent of the state's privat ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation provides a more accurate picture of how societal safety net programs are helping families. Photo credit: U.S. Agency for International Development.

OAKLAND, Calif. - One in four California children is living in poverty, but according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, those numbers would be much higher without federal safety net programs and tax subsidies. The report, Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States, uses ...Read More

PHOTO: Federal programs have lifted nearly 740,000 New York children out of poverty, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo credit: Suzanne Hanlon/Flickr

NEW YORK - Federal programs have lifted nearly 740,000 New York children out of poverty, according to a new report by The Annie E. Casey Foundation. The group used a new tool for calculating poverty rates, instead of the official measure, and found federal assistance has made a big difference ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Cuomo announced this week New York would raise minimum wage by $2.50 for waiters, bartenders and others who work for tips. Groups which lobbied for the change welcome the news, but say their goal is much larger. Photo credit: Michael Fleshman.

NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week New York would raise the minimum wage by $2.50 an hour for waiters, bartenders and others who work for tips. According to a coalition of organizations that lobbied for the increase, it's just one step in a longer fight. Maria Myotte with Restaurant O ...Read More

PHOTO: The Internet in Arizona and across the nation will be regulated as a utility if the FCC votes Thursday in support of proposed rules. Photo courtesy Connecticut Dept. of Developmental Services.

PHOENIX - A vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Thursday could affect the Internet in Arizona and across the nation. The five-member commission is considering rules that could regulate the Internet as a utility. Speaking earlier this month at the University of Colorado at Boulder, F ...Read More

PHOTO: By using the Supplemental Poverty Measure, the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that those programs kept nearly one-quarter million Hoosier children out of poverty between 2011 and 2013. Photo credit: heyjude/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - A new tool is painting a clearer picture of poverty in Indiana and around the country. An Annie E. Casey Foundation report released Wednesday finds the measure, developed in the 1960s, fails to include all the factors that contribute to a family's economic well being. Jessica Frase ...Read More

GRAPHIC: This illustration shows Wisconsin's huge disparity between children of color living in poverty and white children living in poverty. A new Annie E. Casey Foundation report describes a more useful way of measuring poverty and identifying programs that are effective in fighting it. Image courtesy of Wisconsin Budget Project.

MADISON, Wis. - A report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that using a new system of measuring poverty called the Supplemental Poverty Measure would enable policymakers to arrive at better decisions about which programs really work to help reduce poverty. Jim Moeser, deputy d ...Read More

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