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    PNS Daily News - May 27, 20150 


    Today’s news features a variety of topics including: a federal court continues the holding pattern on immigration action; calls to demilitarize the U.S border; and the IRS says criminals tapped into the information of more than 100,000 taxpayers.

Welfare Reform

PHOTO: Hundreds of families are expected to be impacted by Arizona lawmakers limiting welfare benefits to a one-year lifetime cap, making it the nation's shortest cap. Photo credit: Gov. Doug Ducey.

PHOENIX - It appears Arizona will have the nation's shortest lifetime cap on welfare benefits after state lawmakers approved action limiting it to one year. The Arizona Department of Economic Security will implement the policy change to the "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families" (TANF) program ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds that some 600,000 Colorado workers in low-wage jobs, such as food preparation and retail, don't earn enough to rise above the federal poverty line, which shifts the cost of health-care coverage and other public assistance programs to taxpayers. Photo credit: Jocian/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - The number of jobs that don't pay full-time workers enough to get by are on the rise in Colorado, according to a new report. About 600,000 Coloradans earn less than $12 an hour, a wage that would put a family of four just above the federal poverty line. Chris Stiffler, economist with the ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Census Bureau has come up with a supplemental calculation to update the Federal Poverty Level created in the 1960s. A new report says it underscores the importance of safety-net anti-poverty programs that effectively shift the child poverty rate in Washington from 28 percent to 13 percent. Photo credit: Photobunny/FeaturePics.com

SEATTLE - The federal poverty level is outdated, according to a report that recommends a newer calculation developed by the U.S. Census Bureau for a more accurate picture of families in need. The Annie E. Casey Foundation report says what's known as the "Supplemental Poverty Measure" is more rea ...Read More

PHOTO: Harlan County native Kimberly Shepherd wants to stay and live in eastern Kentucky, but says transitioning the region to a new economy is crucial. She is one of the speakers during this year's I Love Mountains Day in Frankfort. Photo courtesy of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Citizens are rallying at the state Capitol on Thursday for what has become an annual tradition - "I Love Mountains Day." The event is organized by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a grassroots organization which has been in the vanguard pushing for an economic transition in easter ...Read More

PHOTO: Florida's Gov. Rick Scott is one of a number of Republican governors who have refused to accept federal money to expand their states' Medicaid programs. Illustration credit: Sam Beddoes/Flickr Creative Commons.

MIAMI - The state of Florida finds itself in an enviable position. It's expecting a $1 billion surplus in the upcoming fiscal-year budget. Gov. Rick Scott's proposed budget includes increasing public-school spending - but it does not include expanding Florida's Medicaid program. Scott, who credits ...Read More

PHOTO: Fewer Oregon Health Plan members are seeing this sign. Emergency room visits by Medicaid recipients are down by 21 percent, according to a new state report. Photo credit: Chris Bradshaw/FeaturePics.com.
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Medicaid expansion in Oregon last year didn't mean a spike in costs or emergency-room use, according to a report released this week by the Oregon Health Authority. The state said Medicaid costs for inpatient hospital services have decreased about 5.5 percent since 2011, despite add ...Read More

PHOTO: An estimated 14,000 to 20,000 undocumented individuals in Kentucky could be helped by President Obama's recent executive action, according to the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. Photo credit: Flickr.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A Lexington immigration attorney says President Obama's controversial plan to grant five million undocumented individuals temporary stays and work permits is a "temporary fix." Guion Johnstone serves as program director at the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, which offers assistance to ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds that one in seven Kentuckians relied on a food bank in the past year to help them put food in their pantry. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - How hungry is Kentucky? A new report from Feeding America finds that more than 3.5 million food distributions were made this year to more than 209,000 Kentucky households. That's one in every seven Kentuckians turning to a food bank for help. "We keep hearing that the Great Recessi ...Read More

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