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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


2021Talks - March 5, 2021 


A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Archive: April 16, 2019

A 2016 national study by The Pew Research Center found the majority of Americans support paid family leave. (Adobe Stock)

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Lawmakers have introduced a bill that would guarantee paid family and medical leave for all North Carolina workers. Only a small percentage of North Carolina's workers have paid family leave, and most people eligible for unpaid leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave ...Read More

Three locations in Minnesota are among the potential new headquarters for the USDA. (Ken Hammond/U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Criticism is growing over a Trump administration proposal to reorganize the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has proposed moving two USDA agencies - the Economic Research Service and National Institute for Food and Agriculture - out of Washin ...Read More

Colorado workers could be eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid family leave to care for a newborn child, if lawmakers approve SB 19-188. (Maxpixel)

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DENVER — A proposal making its way through the state Legislature would create a statewide insurance pool to allow nearly all workers to be with family when health issues arise. Kathy White, deputy director at the Colorado Fiscal Institute, said the vast majority of Coloradans currently do no ...Read More

Some groups say corporate tax loopholes are costing Illinois more than $1 billion in lost revenue each year.  (Ken Teegardin/Flickr)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An alliance of Illinoisans from all walks of life gathered on Tax Day, to call on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to close loopholes that enable corporations to dodge state taxes. At a Chicago rally, people with the group Fair Economy Illinois demanded action in the state budget to st ...Read More

At least 14 community and technical colleges have actions planned to send a message to Washington state lawmakers about funding their schools. (Rachel Samanyi/Flickr)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Faculty, staff and their supporters at several state community and technical colleges in Washington are walking out today to urge the state Legislature to boost funding for their schools. Faculty and administrators at community and technical colleges say the state needs to f ...Read More

A new internet data tool shows that DACA-eligible immigrants alone paid almost $1.8 billion in state and local taxes in 2017. (Alene Yukusheva/Adobe Stock)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Just in time for Tax Day, a new internet tool shows the tax contributions of immigrants around the country. It shows that in Missouri, immigrants paid $2.3 billion in taxes in 2017. The data disproves the myth touted by President Donald Trump and others, that immigrants ...Read More

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