PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2019 

Baltimore mourns Rep. Elijah Cummings, who 'Fought for All.' Also on our rundown: Rick Perry headed for door as Energy Secretary; and EPA holds its only hearing on rolling back methane regulations.

2020Talks - October 18, 2019 

While controversy swirls at the White House, Chicago teachers go on strike, and Democratic primary contender retired Admiral Joe Sestak walks 105 miles across New Hampshire.

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Public News Service - WA: Livable Wages/Working Families

About 0.4 percent of Washington state taxpayers would be subject to a proposed capital gains tax. (Chris Potter/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – State lawmakers in Olympia will soon decide if taxes on Washington's wealthiest are the best way to fund its budget. This week, House Democrats proposed raising taxes to nearly 10 percent on "extraordinary profits" or high-value assets like stocks and bonds. That's estimated

Four in 10 Americans say they couldn't cover an unexpected expense of $400. (TatianaMara/Twenty20)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Debt is a major challenge for some Washington families, and measures moving through the Legislature could give them a bit of relief. House Bill 1602 would cap the interest rate companies can charge on consumer debt collection after winning a court judgment at 9 percent. The

Washington state Lawmakers considered a bill earlier in the session that would have invested $500 million in community and technical colleges. (Robert Ashworth/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Frustrated over a lack of investment from lawmakers, community and technical college staff from across Washington state are gathering in Olympia to call for action. Members of the American Federation of Teachers of Washington will be in the capital on Wednesday for an inform

A bill that would establish an auto-enroll retirement program has a hearing in the Washington state House on Tuesday. (Jon Connell/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bill that would give workers an easy way to save for retirement is quickly making its way through the Washington state Legislature. Senate Bill 5740 would establish the Secure Choice Savings Program, which would automatically contribute to employees' retirement savings acc

Farmworkers will discuss workplace retaliation and health hazards from pesticide use at the Farmworker Tribunal in Olympia on Monday. (Community to Community Development)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Farmworkers will be in Olympia next week to discuss workplace conditions. For the sixth year, laborers from across the state of Washington will deliver testimonies to tribunal judges in culturally appropriate ways - through stories and in the language they feel comfortable speaking

Raul Hidalgo, who has been taking care of his brother for more than two decades, says he must sometimes pay out of his own pocket for medical expenses. (SEIU 775)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Health-care and anti-poverty advocates are pushing for the state to fix Medicaid qualifications for folks with long-term care needs. The solution could aid seniors and people with disabilities, as well as caregivers. The change would increase the threshold at which people pay for t

Washington state farmworkers testified in favor of a bill to give more oversight to a federal guest worker program this week. (Community 2 Community Development)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington state lawmakers have advanced a bill that would give more oversight to the federal guest farmworker program. Senate Bill 5438 would create an office of compliance in the Employment Security Department (ESD) for the H-2A guest-worker program, and require employers t

The Washington state Senate holds a public hearing today (Thursday) in Olympia on a bill to create a state tax credit for low-income workers. (Jon Stahl/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington state lawmakers are looking at a tax-credit proposal that would address a state tax code that's unbalanced. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy recently called the Evergreen State's tax system the "most regressive in the nation," with the lowest income w

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