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Archive: March 10, 2017

Congress is considering two bills that could make it harder for states to set up retirement savings programs. (Tax Credits/Flickr)

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SALEM, Ore. – Two resolutions in the U.S. Senate have put Oregon's state-facilitated retirement plan dead in their sights, potentially rolling back rules that help private sector workers save for retirement. More than half of Americans don't have access to a company pension plan at work. Und ...Read More

Ramped-up ICE activity has left many Oregon immigrants fearful and unsure how to prepare for potential detention. (U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement)

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PORTLAND, Ore. – As immigration officials ramp up detentions and deportations in Oregon and across the country, immigrant families are left wondering how to prepare. The Trump administration's new policy leaves nearly everyone in the country that is not a legal resident open to deportation. ...Read More

Washington state lawmakers are considering a Student Loan Bill of Rights to protect students from deceptive practices of loan providers. (Tom Woodward/Flickr)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington state lawmakers are considering a bill to hold student loan providers accountable for their services. Passed in the House last week, the Senate is considering the Student Loan Bill of Rights. House Bill 1440 gives students protections as consumers of loan servic ...Read More

A bill coming up for a vote in the U.S. Senate would endanger state-sponsored retirement savings plans for workers. (S-C-S/iStockphoto)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Advocates for working families are fighting to keep a proposed state-sponsored retirement savings program called Secure Choice, even as some in Congress are trying to undermine this type of plan. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote soon on a bill to reverse Labor Department rul ...Read More

The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, covers 196,231 Arizonans. (Pixabay)

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PHOENIX – The House Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will affect nearly one in three Arizonans. That includes the 196,000 who buy health insurance on the marketplace, as well as the nearly 2 million people on Medicaid. Dana Wolfe Naimark, president of the Child ...Read More

AARP is voicing concerns that the American Health Care Act now in Congress would significantly raise health-insurance costs for people in their 50s and 60s. (Architect of the Capitol)

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RICHMOND, Va. – Attacking what it calls an age tax and saying it undermines Medicare, AARP is coming out strongly against the GOP's plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. The main proposal to replace Obamacare would allow insurance companies to charge people in their 50s and 60s much more ...Read More

Senate Bill 268, which makes it illegal to kill coyotes as part of a contest with prizes, passed in the Senate yesterday. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

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SANTA FE, N.M. - Wildlife advocates are cheering passage of a bill in the New Mexico Senate yesterday that would prohibit hunting coyotes as a contest. Senate Bill 268 arose from outcries against groups that began organizing coyote hunts for cash and prizes several years ago, but the legislation ha ...Read More

Controversial statements about climate change have been made by the Environmental Protection Agency's new chief, Scott Pruitt. (epa.gov)

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INDIANAPOLIS - Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt's dismissal of science in understanding climate change has caused nothing short of an uproar. Pruitt said on Thursday he doesn't believe carbon dioxide emissions are pushing global temperatures higher, which puts him at odds with his ...Read More

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