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PNS Daily Newscast - January 23, 2020 


LGBTQ groups launch a million-dollar campaign to participate in the 2020 census; and biodiversity at risk in North Carolina.

2020Talks - January 23, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former VP Joe Biden butt heads at opposing ends of the Democratic spectrum. And Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is suing former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Public News Service - FL: Livable Wages/Working Families

The Florida Legislature meets every year for 60 consecutive days. The governor says teacher pay will be one of the priorities for 2020. (Wikipedia)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Ron Desantis and Republican legislative leaders tout a booming economy, low unemployment and reduced taxes - while other observers say the true "State of the State" is bleak for working families. Desantis delivered a wide-ranging speech on accomplishments in education, hea

The intent of the 2001 Roadless Rule has been to provide lasting protection for inventoried roadless areas within the National Forest system, including several forests in Florida. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Trump administration wants to reverse a nearly two-decade rule in order to allow more logging in Alaska's Tongass National Forest - and it's the same rule that protects national forests in Florida. Alaska's struggling timber industry hopes to revive large-scale industrial lo

Florida's minimum wage is set at $8.46 per hour. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The battle to raise Florida's and the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour continues. Orlando attorney, entrepreneur, and megadonor John Morgan is backing the group Florida for a Fair Wage, which is trying to put a $15 minimum-wage proposal on the ballot for the 2020 elect

Organizers of the #FreeCollegeNow bus tour say Floridians have a combined total of almost $80 billion in student loan debt. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Adjunct or part-time professors from multiple states stop in Tampa today on their "#FreeCollegeNow" bus tour. The group is traveling through Florida cities asking voters to support political candidates who favor tuition-free college and student loan forgiveness. Organizer

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME is unlikely to have a direct impact on unionized employees of private businesses, because the First Amendment restricts government action and not private conduct. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Opponents of Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling freeing government workers from having to pay into unions are using Florida as an example of how bad it could be for working families across the country. The court's 5-to-4 decision upends a 41-year-old ruling that allowe

Groups representing Florida workers are calling on Florida’s next governor to back the proposed 2020 $15 minimum wage ballot initiative. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Groups representing workers say it has been years since they've had an ally in the governor's mansion – as such, they've unveiled "An Agenda for Florida's Workers," to serve as roadmap of priority issues for the legislature and incoming governor. This year's agenda

Lawmakers and concerned citizens return to the Florida State Capitol next Tuesday to kick off the 2018 legislative session. (Mark Goebel/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida's Republican lawmakers have resurrected, and say they plan to fast-track, legislation from last year to weaken most labor unions in the state. Rich Templin, legislative and political director of the Florida AFL-CIO, which represents more than 500 labor union local

Volusia-Flagler AFL-CIO workers and labor advocates drop off community letters to lawmakers in opposition to HB 25. (AFL-CIO)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A bill opponents describe as "union-busting" legislation meant to target Florida's public school teachers is back again after facing defeat in the Florida Legislature. Bills such as House Bill 25, by Republican Rep. Scott Plakon of Longwood, are being introduced in legisl

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