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PNS Daily Newscast - June 17, 2019 


Trump once again floats the idea of being president beyond two terms. Also on the Monday rundown: A new national report ranks children's well-being, from coast to coast; and a Family Care Act gains support.

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Some 58% of SNAP recipients have jobs, and 82% worked immediately prior to or after receiving benefits. (U.S. Army Reserve)

LINCOLN, Neb. – New legislation making its way through Congress aims to keep food on the tables of people struggling to find steady employment. Since 1996, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) strips childless adults between ages 18 and 49 of ben

Nebraska lawmakers on Tuesday will debate a property tax relief bill, including an option of closing tax loopholes for S-Corp LLC money that leaves the state. (Capitolist/Wikimedia Commons)

LINCOLN, Neb. – After years of debate, Nebraska lawmakers are narrowing in on a compromise bill to address rising property taxes, a move that could resolve a crisis facing many rural farmers and ranchers. Land values have skyrocketed on paper over the past decade, but incomes haven't increas

Medicaid expansion is projected to create more than 10,000 jobs and generate $1.3 billion in economic activity in Nebraska. (Pxhere)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Health advocates are sounding the alarm over the slow pace of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services' proposal for expanding Medicaid. Molly McCleery, the director for Nebraska Appleseed’s Health Care Program says the proposed October 1, 2020 rollout would

Expanding Medicaid coverage in Nebraska is projected to create and sustain nearly 11,000 jobs, and bring nearly $600 million in federal taxes paid by Nebraskans back to the state. (USAF)

HASTINGS, Neb. — Last year, Nebraska voters passed a measure to expand Medicaid, but state officials are stumbling out of the gate to implement the plan. The move would bridge a health-coverage gap for 94,000 Nebraskans who don't earn enough to get subsidies for market-rate insurance, but ea

Currently, Nebraska workers can be fired from their jobs or lose housing because of to their sexual orientation or gender status. (Pexels)

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Lincoln-based group Out Nebraska has a new leader and is expanding its work for LGBTQ rights across the state. Abbi Swatsworth, a long-time volunteer and the group's new executive director, says her goal is to educate lawmakers about the value LGBTQ communities bring to t

The average chief executive of a Standard and Poor's 500 Index company made $13.94 million in 2017, or 361 times more money than the average U.S. rank-and-file worker. (Maxpixel)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Researchers tapping more than eight decades of data say unions have played a critical role in reducing income inequality. According to this month's National Bureau of Economic Research digest, when unions are strong, workers have bargaining power with their bosses, and unions

A recent Johns Hopkins survey found that nearly two-thirds of Americans oppose cuts to SNAP, the program formerly known as food stamps. (Marada/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – As the U.S. House and Senate try to hammer out a final version of the Farm Bill, a new report shows that increasing work requirements for people receiving SNAP benefits, the program formerly known as food stamps, would end up hurting millions of Americans. Josh Bivens, researc

Proponents of Medicaid expansion say the move would bring $1.1 billion from Washington back to Nebraska, and would also create some 10,000 jobs. (Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Groups across Nebraska are working to gather enough signatures by the state’s July 6 deadline to put Medicaid expansion onto the November ballot. Jordan Rasmussen, a policy associate with the Center for Rural Affairs, says if approved by voters, some 90,000 Nebraskans c

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