PCN Call-In Program
When the Legislature recessed last summer, several issues remained unresolved. The PCN Call In Program returns to look at “unfinished business” regarding transportation funding, liquor store privatization, state pensions, and more.
PCN’s Call-In program airs Monday through Wednesday evenings from 7 PM to 8PM. The hour-long interactive show allows PCN viewers to speak directly with government officials, newsmakers and other knowledgeable parties on current Commonwealth issues.
In order to allow as many different viewers as possible the opportunity to participate in the PCN Call-In Program, we ask that callers limit themselves to one call every 30 days. Thank you for your assistance in continuing to make the PCN Call-In Program a valuable service for all viewers.
PCN’s toll-free number – 1-877-PA6-5001 (1-877-726-5001)
(VIDEO) As this year’s legislative session winds down, all eyes are on whether the House will vote on a transportation funding bill. In addition, the House and Senate have legislation dealing with charter school regulations, state pensions, and property tax awaiting their consideration. Charlie Gerow, of Quantum Communications, and Tony May, of Triad Strategies, join us to consider these issues, and to look forward to the emerging 2014 race for Governor.
(VIDEO) PA Budget Secretary Charles Zogby says the state wants to reduce its unfunded pension liability. An actuarial analysis commissioned by the State Budget Office is expected to be released in the near future. Current proposals being analyzed include Rep. Glen Grell’s plan to give employees the option to opt out of certain benefits in exchange for a pension obligation bond, and Rep. Mike Tobash’s bill, which is a hybrid of defined benefits for the first $50,000 earned, with the option to invest additional salary in a 401-k style plan.
(VIDEO) Wednesday night’s Call In Program looked at consumer scams, and how to avoid being the victim of common fraudulent schemes. Mary Bach, Chair of AARP Pennsylvania’s Consumer Issues Task Force, and Joe Peters, Senior Executive Deputy Attorney General within the PA Attorney General’s Office, were here to provide their knowledge and insight.
(VIDEO) Education in PA was the focus on discussion, as PCN sits down with the Minority Chair of the Senate Education Committee, Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D- Chester, Montgomery) and Subcommittee on Higher Education Chair, Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver). Discussion focused on Common Core academic standards and the Keystone Exams.