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PNS Daily Newscast - May 24, 2019 


President Trump's reported to be ready to sign disaster relief bill without money for border security. Also on the Friday rundown: House bills would give millions a path to citizenship; and remembering California’s second-deadliest disaster.

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The Massachusetts Senate begins debating the proposed state budget for fiscal year 2020 at 10 a.m. today. (MA Legislature)

BOSTON — Education funding is at the heart of Senate budget talks scheduled for Tuesday in the Massachusetts State House. The Senate Ways and Means Committee is recommending a near $43 billion fiscal 2020 budget that would boost spending by about 3%. Part of this proposed budget is a suggest

The Fair Share Amendment, if passed, would raise about $2 billion a year for transportation and public education in Massachusetts. (David Bibo/Wikimedia Commons)

BOSTON – A public hearing today in Massachusetts will focus on a bill that would create a "millionaires tax" to fund transportation and public education. Known as the Fair Share Amendment, it would create a four percent state tax on the portion of a person's income above one million dollars.

More than a dozen education-related bills will be discussed at a public hearing on Friday at the Massachusetts State House. (Jim Bowen/Flickr)

BOSTON – There is a higher education advocacy day on Thursday and a public hearing on Friday at the Joint Committee on Education about 17 education-related bills. The Fund Our Future campaign – a coalition of education activists, students and parents – supports the PROMISE and CH

The Fund our Future campaign is advocating for about $1.5 billion to address public education funding shortages in pre K-12 and higher education in Massachusetts. (Fund our Future)

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Legislature next week is to consider more than a dozen education-related bills. A higher-education advocacy day is Thursday, with a Friday public hearing on 16 bills in the Joint Committee on Education. The Fund Our Future campaign, a coalition of educators and parents, s

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's fiscal budget includes additional education spending, but not enough for many education activists. (Mass.gov)

BOSTON – Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday unveiled his proposed budget with a focus on education spending along with a companion bill. But school activists are pushing for significantly more funding. The 2020 fiscal budget includes more than $200 million in new state aid to ed

Pregnant women are advised not to eat fish with high mercury levels, one of the reasons some are concerned about the new head of the EPA's deregulatory agenda, including efforts to roll back the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule. (Dale Cruse/Flickr)

AMHERST, Mass. – A group of ten moms visited Capitol Hill this week to oppose Andrew Wheeler's confirmation as EPA administrator. This environmental fight is personal for one Massachusetts mother. Gazit Chaya Nkosi says her child suffered from lead poisoning as a baby. Now, the Amherst wom

Paid family and sick leave is considered a victory for moms who need to take time off with a new baby, an aging parent or in case of family illness. (RaiseUpMA)

BOSTON – Paid family and medical leave and a $15 minimum wage is cause for celebration for tens of thousands of Massachusetts workers this Independence Day. The so-called "Grand Bargain" bill, signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker last week, was a triumph of consensual policy-making between

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is hearing this week from his counterparts in more than 20 states. (Wikimedia Commons)

BOSTON – A coalition of state attorneys general, including Maura Healy in Massachusetts, sent a letter on Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, demanding that the administration immediately stop putting children in danger by separating them from their families on the nation's souther

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