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Will Illinois Finally Have a Full Budget to Help Its Residents?

Will Illinois Finally Have a Full Budget to Help Its Residents?

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of a $36 billion budget package fueled by a $5 billion tax increase designed to start digging out of the nation’s deepest budget crisis since at least the Great Depression.  The Democratic-controlled chamber completed its work within 30 minutes of […]

The Latest News in Trump’s America

The Latest News in Trump’s America

Every other Thursday, the Equal Voice News digest, “Making It in Trump’s America: People, Policy & Poverty,” will track the latest from the Trump administration and whether its policies are creating poverty or prosperity. We’ll have reports from families and grassroots organizations working on those issues around the country. Here’s our latest:    Health Care Bill […]

Senate GOP Postpones Health Care Vote Until After July 4

Senate GOP Postpones Health Care Vote Until After July 4

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bruising setback, Senate Republican leaders are delaying a vote on their prized health care bill until after the July 4 recess, forced to retreat by a GOP rebellion that left them lacking enough votes to even begin debating the legislation, two sources said Tuesday.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., […]

Senate Health Care Bill Teeters, as CBO Says 22M Will Lose Coverage

Senate Health Care Bill Teeters, as CBO Says 22M Will Lose Coverage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders scrambled Tuesday to rescue their health care bill, in deepening jeopardy as opposition from rebellious Republicans intensified. The defections loomed as Congress’ nonpartisan budget referee said the measure would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026 than President Barack Obama’s law.  Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was hoping to […]

SCOTUS: Travel Ban Can Start but Still Under Review

SCOTUS: Travel Ban Can Start but Still Under Review

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is letting a limited version of President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries take effect, a victory for Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency.  The justices will hear full arguments in October in the case that has stirred heated emotions across […]

Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Has Not Cost Jobs, Report Finds

Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Has Not Cost Jobs, Report Finds

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s $15-an-hour minimum wage law has boosted pay for restaurant workers without costing jobs, according to a study released June 20.  The report, from the University of California at Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, is certain to add to the debate as activists around the country push for increases […]

Senate Health Care Bill Slashes Medicaid, as Protests Start

Senate Health Care Bill Slashes Medicaid, as Protests Start

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama’s health care law, proposing to cut Medicaid for low-income Americans and erase tax boosts that Obama imposed on high-earners and medical companies to finance his expansion of coverage.  The bill would provide less-generous tax credits to help people buy […]

Protests Break Out After Philando Castile Acquittal in Minnesota

Protests Break Out After Philando Castile Acquittal in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota police officer was cleared Friday in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a Black motorist whose death captured national attention when his girlfriend streamed the grim aftermath on Facebook.  Castile’s family stormed out of the courtroom after the verdict was read, and the city of St. Anthony swiftly […]