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.
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.”
Donald Block, Executive Director of the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, wants Pennsylvanians to know that there’s more to literacy than reading and writing.
Over these past few months, many Pennsylvanians have been caught of guard by a significant spike in their electricity bill. Due to the increased number of complaints that these consumers are making to their utility companies, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane has announced that she will investigate why these increases are so alarming. Tanya McCloskey, the Acting PA Consumer Advocate and Terry Fitzpatrick, President and CEO of the Energy Association of Pennsylvania will be here to discuss this topic further.
Rick Bloomingdale, President of the PA AFL-CIO, David Fillman, Executive Director of AFSCME Council 13 and Mike Crossey, President of the Pennsylvania State Education Association will be here to discuss Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed state budget and what it means for labor unions.
Edward Mann, PA State Fire Commissioner, testified at a House committee hearing about a shortage of volunteers to fight fires.
(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.
(VIDEO) On this week’s episode, discussion focuses on this past weeks budget hearings at the Capitol and the 2014 race for governor. Tony Romeo of KYW in Philadelphia and KDKA in Pittsburgh, and Kate Giammarise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette join the discussion.
(VIDEO) Jay Himes, Executive Director of the PA Association of School Business Officials, Arnold Hillman, Consultant for the PA Association of Rural and Small Schools and Jim Buckheit, Executive Director of the PA Association of School Administrators will discuss the Corbett administration’s education funding proposals and how they would like to see tax dollars being spent towards education in PA.