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    PNS Daily News - January 28, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; the LDS Church is supporting laws that protect LGBT Americans; and federal royalties for coal on public land are getting a checkup; and a new report shows that income inequality may be worse than previously reported.

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PHOTO: Tamarine Cornelius, an analyst with the independent research group Wisconsin Budget Project, reports that Wisconsin's government employment is at a record low, and that it may fall even farther. (Photo courtesy of Tamarine Cornelius)

MADISON, Wis. - The number of public employees in Wisconsin has dropped to its lowest level in two decades, compared with the state's total population, according to a just-released analysis from the independent Wisconsin Budget Project. Wisconsin has nearly 6 percent fewer state employees per capit ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Rick Snyder’s plans to combine the departments of Community Health and Human Services  are raising concerns about what it will mean for agencies, workers and the delivery of services at the local level. Photo courtesy of Gov. Snyder's office.

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder is expected soon to sign an executive order that will create the state's largest agency. Officials say the merger of the departments of Community Health and Human Services will save costs and better meet the needs of an underserved population. Maxine Thome, executi ...Read More

IMAGE: This graph shows the decline in income gains going to the so-called "99 percent" of Pennsylvania wage-earners in periods of economic expansion, since 1979. Courtesy of Keystone Research Center.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Income inequality often is in the news, and a new report confirms that it may be even worse than earlier reported. The report, "The Increasingly Unequal States of America," examines data by state. Report co-author Mark Price, an economist with the Keystone Research Center, said th ...Read More

PHOTO: Workers who want the ability to accrue paid sick leave say in many of their jobs, coming to work ill isn't only uncomfortable; it also jeopardizes customers' health. Photo credit: joyt/

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A paid day off when a worker or their child is ill isn't an option for about one million people in Washington whose employers don't offer them the ability to accrue hours of sick leave. Today in Olympia, a House committee examines legislation to change that. The idea of paid time ...Read More

PHOTO: After 15 years, there's new leadership at AARP Montana. Former state director Bob Bartholomew retired and Tim Summers has been named the new director. Photo courtesy of AARP.

HELENA, Mont. - A new legislative session and a new director at AARP Montana. Tim Summers is taking the helm of the group that champions issues for older Montanans. Summers says Montana has a senior population that's growing faster than almost any other state in the nation, and there are some top is ...Read More

PHOTO: Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president of AARP's State and National Group, spoke about caregiving issues and retirement security at the Montgomery County Commission for Women Legislative Briefing Sunday. Photo courtesy of AARP.

ROCKVILLE, Md. – Caregiving and retirement security are two of the big issues for women in Maryland. Hundreds of women attending a legislative briefing Sunday in Rockville learned about how families facing those challenges could be helped. One option the General Assembly is expected to con ...Read More

PHOTO: Oregon's minimum wage may be higher than most states, but it still isn't enough to support a family. That's the premise of a Saturday 'Living Wage Rally' in Salem. Opponents of raising it say the minimum wage was never intended to support a family. Image credit: mybaitshop/

SALEM, Ore. - Taking a day off isn't something many of Oregon's low-wage workers can afford to do. But some say they can't afford not to weigh in on the living-wage debate in Salem. At noon on Saturday, a diverse group is expected to rally on the Statehouse steps in support of a minimum wage of $15 ...Read More

PHOTO: The health of some children in Arizona has suffered since the KidsCare program ended a year ago, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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PHOENIX – Thousands of children in Arizona may not be getting the medical attention they need because the state stopped funding its KidsCare program, which provided health insurance for lower income families. A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families conclu ...Read More

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