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PNS Daily Newscast - September 20, 2019 


A whistleblower complaint against President Trump sets off tug-of-war between Congress and the White House; and students around the world strike today to demand action on climate change.

2020Talks - September 20, 2019. (3 min.)  


Climate change is a big issue this election season, and global climate strikes kick off, while UAW labor strikes continue.

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Public News Service - PA: Livable Wages/Working Families

The minimum wage for tipped workers in Pennsylvania has been $2.83 an hour since 1998. (pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Raising the minimum wage will help all Pennsylvanians, economists and social scientists are telling state lawmakers. Gov. Tom Wolf has called for raising the state minimum wage to $12 an hour immediately, increasing to $15 an hour by 2025. A letter to the General Assembly signed b

Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing a gas severance tax to raise revenue for infrastructure improvements in Pennsylvania. (Gov. Tom Wolf/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Budget analysts say the spending plan proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday points the way to a future that most Pennsylvanians want. The governor's budget would increase the state minimum wage to $12 an hour, increase funding for basic education, special education and pre-K, and r

There is a wide gap in Pennsylvania between teachers' pay and salaries for other college-educated professionals. (pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Gov. Tom Wolf wants to raise the minimum teacher salary in the Keystone State for the first time in 30 years. The minimum salary for Pennsylvania teachers is set by state law and has been stuck at $18,500 a year since 1989. The Pennsylvania State Education Association represents

Career and technical schools can put students on the path to middle-class jobs straight out of high school. (shotput/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Last year's state budget increased funding for career and technical schools in Pennsylvania for the first time in a decade, but education advocates say there's still a long way to go. That extra $10 million in the current state budget for schools that provide hands-on training and

Workers rallied outside Sen. Pat Toomey's Pittsburgh office calling for an end to the government shutdown. (32BJ SEIU)

PITTSBURGH - Unionized workers say everyone will suffer consequences from the longest government shutdown in history, and that some of those out of work will never be paid. Members of SEIU Local 32-BJ rallied outside the Pittsburgh office of Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., on Tuesday, demanding that he sup

Construction workers frequently are misclassified as independent contractors, according to a new report. (skeeze/pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Unscrupulous contractors in southeast Pennsylvania routinely are violating labor laws and victimizing customers, including state and local government, according to a new report. The report from the Keystone Research Center found many contractors in the regional Philadelphia

In 2017, SNAP benefits kept 3.4 million Americans out of poverty. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – After failing to get deep cuts to nutrition assistance through Congress, President Donald Trump wants to get them by changing the rules. Trump had backed a Republican plan that critics warned would have ended SNAP or food-stamp benefits for two million Americans and school

More than 12 percent of Pennsylvania households have difficulty affording food. (USN/wikimedia commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — More than 1.5 million Pennsylvanians still live in poverty, and another 3.5 million are near-poor according to a new report. The Pennsylvania Poverty Snapshot, released by the Coalition for Low-Income Pennsylvanians, and the Coalition on Human Needs, showed a slight decreas

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