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PNS Daily News - July 15, 2020 


The Trump Administration reverses course on international student rule; the ultra-rich keep getting richer; and rental costs are burdens for low-wage workers.

2020Talks - July 15, 2020 


Biden follows up on a climate policy plan from his task force, made up of his and Sen. Bernie Sanders' supporters. Alabama, Maine and Texas had elections; new data from California's March presidential primary show 1.5% of returned absentee ballots rejected.

Public News Service - CA: Livable Wages/Working Families

T-Mobile/Sprint is promising to maintain its California workforce, but has asked to get out of its prior commitment to add 1,000 jobs in the state. (D3Damon/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The telecommunications company T-Mobile merged with Sprint a few months ago. It's already begging off some of its promises, and that's raising alarm bells with workers' advocates. When the California Public Utilities Commission approved the merger in mid-April, T-Mobile promis

A 2019 Urban Institute study found that 41% of American workers cannot access paid leave. (Clarksgirl/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Paid leave may become a lot easier to take under a proposal in the state budget that is set for a final vote today. Currently, more than 11 million full-time private-sector employees pay into the paid family leave system, but only those who work for companies with more than 2

Proposals to guarantee paid time off to care for a sick family member are gaining support as a result of the pandemic. (iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Some 83% of voters in three states considered key to the 2020 election support the idea of a national paid family leave program, according to a new survey. In the poll -- taken in Arizona, Iowa and North Carolina -- almost 90% of women, African-Americans and Hispanics said the

The state has ordered a $375,000 audit of Calbright College. (Calbright)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Education groups are praising a unanimous decision by a legislative committee Wednesday to audit the state's first online community college, called Calbright College. Lawmakers expressed concern about transparency and duplication of current offerings. Jeff Freitas, president o

Certain categories of immigrants will have to meet tougher requirements in order to gain residency or visas under the new 'public charge' rule that takes effect Monday. (Riko Best/Adobe Stock)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Starting Monday, immigrants applying for green cards will be subject to the Trump administration's new 'public charge' rule. The changes make it harder for people who receive certain types of public assistance to be approved. Benefits used before February 24 will not count, an

New research says money that could have helped to build roads, pay down the federal deficit and better fund social programs instead has padded corporate bottom lines after 2017 tax reforms. (Pawankawan/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif - Last year, the federal government took in $79 billion fewer corporate tax dollars than it would have before the 2017 Trump tax reforms took effect, according to a new report. Researchers with the nonprofit Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy evaluated the profits of 279 F

New state subsidies are available on CoveredCA this year to make health insurance more affordable for 90% of families. (Pamela Moore/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – This Sunday is the deadline for people to sign up for Covered California health insurance and have the coverage begin on Jan. 1. Starting in 2020, the state will require everyone to get coverage or pay a penalty. Rachel Linn Gish, director of communications for the adv

Workers at Antelope Valley Community College recently won a five-year battle with their community college district over work schedules and overtime pay. (Bob Riha)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A victory in court for workers at Antelope Valley Community College could have major statewide implications. Workers challenged a district decision to change their work schedules without having them vote on it as outlined in their contract. The Public Employment Relation

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