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PNS Daily Newscast - December 14, 2018 


The Senate votes to withdraw funding for the Saudi war in Yemen. Also on the Friday rundown: the Global Climate Conference reinforces the need for grassroots movements; and could this be the most wasteful time of year?

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Public News Service - WA: Poverty Issues

Some immigrant families in Washington state are shying away from getting prenatal care and other medical assistance because of a Trump administration proposal. (maginnis/Twenty20)

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The public comment window closes Monday on a Trump administration proposal that would make it harder for people to obtain legal status if they've received public assistance. Immigrants' rights groups say it already is affecting communities. The "public charge" rule change

Critics of Washington state's tax system say it's overly reliant on sales tax, which places a larger burden on low- and middle-income people. (Lifestock/Twenty20)

SEATTLE – Washington state has the most regressive tax system in the nation, meaning low and middle income Washingtonians pay an oversized share of their wages in taxes, according to a new report. The report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy finds people in the top 1 percent

At last year's supply drive, students were given fake money to buy school supplies. (Inspirus Credit Union)

SPOKANE, Wash. – The high cost of school supplies could be on the minds of many Washington families as students head back to class. One credit union is stepping up to help in a big way. A Deloitte survey finds households expect to spend more than $500 going into the 2018 school year, with mo

Big soda companies have pumped about $6 million so far into a Washington measure to ban future grocery taxes. (Mike Mozart/Flickr)

SEATTLE – Big soda companies are all-in on a measure that would ban future soda taxes such as the one Seattle passed last year. Washingtonians will decide in November on Initiative 1634, which would prohibit local governments from imposing any new taxes on grocery items. Seattle's tax woul

A big jump in housing costs has coincided with the growing issue of homelessness in Washington state. (Kid Clutch/Flickr)

SEATTLE — A person earning minimum wage would have to work 75 hours a week to afford a one-bedroom apartment in Washington state. That's according to the new report, "Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing." The annual analysis of the rental market found Washingtonians would need to earn nea

Free summer meal programs are helping working families, who spend an extra $300 on food when school is out. (School's Out Washington)

SEATTLE – Summer break is approaching in Washington state, which also means many families can't rely on school for a meal during the day. Schools and summer programs will be stepping up to fill the gap with free summer meals. Marci Asher is the executive director of the Urban Family Center i

Last year, the Seattle City Council attempted to pass a tax on the city's wealthiest residents. (Phil Price/Flickr)

SEATTLE - Who really pays for the services Washington state and its cities provide? A new analysis from the Economic Opportunity Institute investigates the state's tax system in 15 cities and finds low- and middle-income households are paying an oversized share of their earnings. Previous studies h

The Legislature passed a plethora of affordable housing solutions this session, including $100 million in the Biennial Capital Budget for Housing Trust Fund. (fumigene/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Advocates fighting homelessness are notching some major wins from the Washington state Legislature. With the session now over, groups are tallying their victories over the affordable housing and homelessness crisis gripping the state. Michele Thomas, director of policy and a

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