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    PNS Weekend Update - February 6, 20160 

    We’ve got eyes on several stories from around the country on this weekend’s rundown. President Obama’s using a positive jobs report to push his budget ideas. Democrats are making some changes to an upcoming presidential caucus. The American Lung Association says Texas is failing its residents when it comes to tobacco use.

Budget Policy & Priorities

Gov. Dannel Malloy's budget prioritizes home-care services for seniors, but also gives state agencies the go-ahead to trim some of their programs. (geralt/

HARTFORD, Conn. - Despite a looming budget deficit, the Malloy administration has identified home care as a "core service" in Connecticut. Home care allows older people to live in their own homes, often with the support of unpaid family caregivers. Claudio Gualtieri, associate state director for AA ...Read More

Governor Wolf is calling for a $377 million increase in K-12 funding for this year. (Gov. Tom Wolf/

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Teachers are praising Gov. Tom Wolf's stand on education funding. In December the governor line-item vetoed all but six months of school funding in the budget passed by the Legislature. In his budget address next week he will ask lawmakers to include the $377 million increase for t ...Read More

While it's praised by President Obama, some Michiganders say the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement would hurt American jobs. (

LANSING, Mich. - The fight over a controversial trade deal is not over in Michigan. On the same day 12 nations, including the United States, signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, opponents rallied in protest in Detroit and dozens of other cities Thursday night. President Obama and other supporters ...Read More

A new study suggest states that close the coverage gap have a healthier workforce. (The Commonwealth Institute)

RICHMOND, Va. - A comparison between states shows those that have expanded Medicaid are likely to have a healthier workforce. The Virginia General Assembly has so far refused to close what's known as the coverage gap, which mostly affects the working poor. But a new study by the group Families US ...Read More

The American Lung Association recently rated each of the 50 states on the effectiveness of their tobacco control policies (Maryhere/morguefile)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas gets a failing grade for its statewide tobacco-control policies, according to the American Lung Association. The group rates states based on categories such as tobacco prevention and control, tobacco tax rates, smoke-free air and access to smoking-cessation services. JoAnna St ...Read More

A new coalition of education, economic and health groups is calling on state lawmakers to find consensus on how to increase revenue in Kentucky. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A diverse alliance of education, economic and health organizations has formed to send Kentucky lawmakers a message – the state needs to increase revenue. The Kentucky Together Coalition comes just days after Gov. Matt Bevin proposed deep budget cuts to many parts of st ...Read More

Nonprofit groups are pushing to renew access to the MinnesotaCare public insurance program. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With lawmakers set to consider the future of Minnesota's public health care programs, a nonprofit group is backing several proposals to expand access for low-income residents. Late last month, Gov. Mark Dayton's Health Care Finance Task Force laid out dozens of recommendati ...Read More

A new report shows states that expanded Medicaid coverage lowered costs, increased revenues and reduced the number of workers without health insurance. (Candice Harrison/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wy. - As Wyoming works to resolve a nearly $217 million budget shortfall, a new report shows states that expanded Medicaid coverage lowered costs, increased revenues and reduced the number of workers without health insurance. Comments from Bri Jones, executive director, Equality State Poli ...Read More

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