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PNS Daily Newscast - April 20, 2018 


The DOJ delivers the Comey memos to Congress. Also on our rundown: More evidence that rent prices are out of reach in many markets; Wisconsin counties brace for sulfide mining; and the Earth Day focus this weekend in North Dakota is on recycling.

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Public News Service - WA: Budget Policy & Priorities

Groups across the country are rallying ahead of tax day to push for a fairer tax structure. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

SEATTLE – Washingtonians are rallying ahead of tax day to call for a fairer tax system in the state. On Saturday, people will gather in Seattle to highlight the disparity between working families, who pay up to 17 percent of their income in state and local taxes, and high-income families, wh

Last year, the Seattle City Council attempted to pass a tax on the city's wealthiest residents. (Phil Price/Flickr)

SEATTLE - Who really pays for the services Washington state and its cities provide? A new analysis from the Economic Opportunity Institute investigates the state's tax system in 15 cities and finds low- and middle-income households are paying an oversized share of their earnings. Previous studies h

The Legislature passed a plethora of affordable housing solutions this session, including $100 million in the Biennial Capital Budget for Housing Trust Fund. (fumigene/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Advocates fighting homelessness are notching some major wins from the Washington state Legislature. With the session now over, groups are tallying their victories over the affordable housing and homelessness crisis gripping the state. Michele Thomas, director of policy and a

The Legislature is considering a bill that would expand eligibility for the state's pre-K program. (Washington State House Republicans/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The marchers may be little, but their cause is not. Toddlers and their parents are gathering in Olympia Wednesday to rally for their education. Childhood learning advocates want greater access and more investment in the state's pre-K program, known as the Early Childhood E

Credit union advocates are in Olympia for their annual Capitol day. (Northwest Credit Union Association)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Credit union advocates are in Olympia Wednesday calling for reform to public funding in Washington state. This year, these institutions are pushing for a bill that would lift the $250,000 cap on government agencies' deposits into credit unions. Paula Sardinas, vice preside

A hearing is scheduled today on a bill that could help more 80 percent of social workers with student debt repay their loans. (Steve Voght/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The annual turnover rate for children’s services social workers is more than 20 percent in Washington state. Could a bill to relieve them of their student loan debt help retention and recruitment? The state Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee is

Recidivism rates are higher for people who aren't able to find a job after they're released from prison. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bill that would help formerly incarcerated Washingtonians get a fairer chance at employment is scheduled for a public hearing Wednesday. The Fair Chance Act would "ban the box" – that is, prevent employers from asking about a person's criminal background until after

Washington and Colorado were the first states to legalize recreational marijuana use. (Global Panorama/Flickr)

SEATTLE – A move on Thursday signals what could be the start of a federal crackdown on marijuana. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced he will rescind the so-called Cole Memo, an Obama-era document that de-prioritized prosecution of cannabis laws. Washington and Colorado were the fir

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