Discover Main Street PA takes you on a visit to Boyertown and Oil City. Learn more about the history of these Pennsylvania towns and how revitalization efforts are helping to keep the communities thriving with new businesses and attractions to serve residents and visitors.
(VIDEO) The Heart of the Taufschein offers the first in-depth interpretive history of the Taufschein (birth and baptism certificate), the most numerous and, to many because of its genealogical value, the most important type of fraktur. Berks County arguably became the center of Taufschein production in North America. Thanks to an understudied Lutheran minister named Daniel Schumacher, Berks County families were among the first to have these certificates made for their children.
This Week: PA is back in action with Jason Gottesman, Associate Editor and Legislative Reporter for PLS in the studio to discuss the latest happenings with PA state government. Rep. Pam Snyder (D-Greene) will join us on the phone to talk about her bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating based on a job applicant’s marital or parental status. Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) will also join us on the phone to discuss her legislation that would change the way child abuse is defined.
(VIDEO) A hearing with the PA House Gaming Oversight Committee
(VIDEO) An informational meeting with the PA House Children and Youth Committee
(VIDEO) A hearing with the PA House Human Services Committee
(VIDEO) A hearing with the PA House Urban Affairs Committee
Majority Whip, Rep. Stan Saylor and Minority Whip, Rep. Mike Hanna will discuss the current and upcoming agenda of the PA House of Representatives.
Rep. Warren Kampf wants to put traditional home phone services and new phone technologies such as wireless and internet on a “level playing field.”
(VIDEO) On this week’s episode, Brad Bumsted of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and John Micek of Pennlive talk about the 2014 governors race and Pennsylvania politics.
(VIDEO) With new polls from Franklin and Marshall College, Quinnipiac University and Harper Polling, Democratic Candidate for Governor Tom Wolf is looking like he is leading the pack with high poll numbers. Former Auditor General Jack Wagner has announced his bid, while the Central PA Minister, Max Myers has decided to quit his race for the state’s top position. Alan Novak, President of Novak Strategic Partners and Larry Ceisler, Principal of Ceisler Media and Issue Advocacy, will be here to discuss these topics and more regarding the 2014 race for governor.
(VIDEO) Gov. Tom Corbett has proposed level funding for the State System of Higher Education this fiscal year. But during his House and Senate Appropriation Committee hearings, Chancellor Frank Brogan asked the members for a four percent increase. Chancellor Brogan will discuss why he asked for more funding, and his future goals and plans for the State System of Higher Education.
(VIDEO) Sec. Tennis talks about an increase in heroin use, expanding access to a drug that can prevent death from overdose, and marijuana for medicinal purposes.
(VIDEO) During her testimony before the House Appropriations Committee, the Department of Public Welfare Secretary Bev Mackereth told the members that Medicaid makes up 30 percent of the state’s general fund budget, and 77 percent of DPW’s budget. Gov. Corbett has proposed Healthy PA, a plan that would use federal money to buy private health care coverage for the 500,000 eligible recipients of Medicaid in the state. Healthy PA now sits before the federal government awaiting approval before it can be put into action. Sec. Mackereth will be here to discuss the Healthy PA plan, and the proposed budget for DPW.
(VIDEO) There’s a law that prohibits minors from buying tobacco products. Sen. Solobay thinks it’s time to expand the law to included the latest variation on a cigarette that is powered by a battery, has no tobacco, but contains nicotine.