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    PNS Weekend Update - April 30, 20160 


    We’re covering a wide variety of topics on this weekend’s rundown, including: several U.S. military members are being punished over a deadly airstrike; some human rights groups are holding an anti-hate rally; this weekend, it’s time to celebrate Healthy Kids Day.

Welfare Reform

Anti-poverty groups are urging the Minnesota Senate to consider boosting a monthly cash assistance program for low-income families for the first time in 30 years. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the state Senate continues to debate its budget plan today, anti-poverty advocates are urging lawmakers to boost funding for a program aimed at helping low-income families. Supporters of the Minnesota Family Investment Program, or MFIP, say the amount of cash assistance ...Read More

A four-year plan to provide job training for hundreds of low-income North Dakota seniors is under review. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today is the final day for public comments on a four-year plan to continue bringing part-time jobs and training to hundreds of low-income North Dakota seniors. The federal Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is intended to help about 300 North Dakotans who ar ...Read More

Illinois home-care workers could soon no longer be able log overtime hours, which advocates for seniors and people with disabilities say compromises both the workers and their clients. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Starting next week, thousands of people with disabilities and the home healthcare workers who assist them could be affected by Illinois' new overtime-pay policy. On May 1, the state begins enforcing a strict 40-hour workweek limit on home-care providers. Advocacy groups in Il ...Read More

Senior advocates are touring Minnesota to talk about ideas that could help make the state more friendly for the aging population, which is expected to double in the coming decade. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With Minnesota's aging population expected to double over the next decade, senior advocates are touring the state to talk with residents about their policy priorities. U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar's staff and AARP Minnesota are holding a series of Serving Our Seniors meetings this ...Read More

Thousands of low-income and immigrant children in Illinois could lose health-insurance coverage if lawmakers do not extend the Covering All Kids Health Insurance Act. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A coalition of religious, business and health-advocacy groups this week delivered a letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner and state lawmakers, asking them to renew the Covering All Kids Health Insurance Act. The law is slated to lapse at the beginning of July, and supporters say if that h ...Read More

Local fast-food workers are joining in what they call the

CHICAGO - Thousands of fast-food and other low-wage workers in about 300 cities across the globe, including Chicago, are joining in what they call the "biggest-ever day of strikes and protests" over minimum-wage raises. In Illinois, the Fight for 15 campaign is targeting Oak Brook-based McDonald's, ...Read More

South Dakota lawmakers soon may hold a special session to vote on Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, while federal lawmakers consider a budget plan that could repeal the ACA. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. – As House lawmakers continue voting on their federal budget this week, a budget watchdog group is comparing several big proposals. The National Priorities Project (NPP) analyzed the details of federal budget plans from President Barack Obama, the House Budget Committee and the ...Read More

Health advocates say Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to overhaul Illinois' home and community care program could force thousands of seniors into nursing homes. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois lawmakers are taking a close look this week at proposed changes to the state's senior home care program that would slash funding by about $200 million. Advocates for the state's aging population say Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal could force more than 40,000 senior ...Read More

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