John James Audubon’s “The Birds of America” stands as an unparalleled achievement in American art, a huge book that puts nature dramatically on the page. With that work, Audubon became one of the most adulated artists of his time and America’s first celebrity scientist. In this fresh approach to Audubon’s art and science, Gregory Nobles […]
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It’s 80+ days after the June 30 budget deadline, and budget implementation language has not been enacted to delineate revenue sources to pay for the spending plan. Two differing plans have been advanced by the House and Senate Republicans. The Senate on Wednesday positioned the bill for conference committee where a compromise plan can be worked out. Also, Standard and Poor’s – the bond rating agency – has downgraded Pennsylvania’s credit rating to A+ (the fifth highest investment grade bond credit rating, with AAA being the highest), which could mean the state pays a higher interest rate on bonds it issues when incurring debt. This week’s guests are Steve Esack, with the Allentown Morning Call, Charlie Thompson, with PennLive and the Patriot News, and Chris Comisac, Bureau Chief with Capitolwire. Our host is Francine Schertzer.
Recorded 9-13-17 in Harrisburg. Topics include: amending a complaint if counsel did not ask the court for permission to amend it, in a zoning dispute, can a settlement agreement be reached between a landowner and township without neighboring landowner approval, asset forfeiture and the standard of proof for property seizure; and workers’ compensation benefit reductions, […]
As budget negotiations continue, education officials are reminded of the budget stalemate in 2015. Jay Himes, Executive Director of the PA Association of School Business Officials, and Mark DiRocco, Executive Director of the PA Association of School Administrators, talk to us about what they’re doing to prepare for another budget impasse, and issues like guns […]
It’s not always good to be number one. According to a report cited by Treasurer Joe Torsella, Pennsylvania earns a dubious distinction by topping the list for having college students carrying the most debt for their education. Compounding the situation, the treasurer was disappointed to see the State System of Higher Education vote to raise […]
The House and Senate have passed different versions of a Fiscal Code bill that allocates funding to pay for the state budget that passed on June 30. The House-passed bill relies largely on transferring funds from restricted revenue accounts and a plan to borrow $1 billion from two pension systems and repay it over 10 […]
The PA Senate is expected to convene on Monday to discuss the PA House’s latest budget proposal that passed on Wednesday night. Jeff Coleman, Principal of Churchill Strategies, and Steve Crawford, President of S.R. Wojdak & Associates talk to us about what they predict will happen to the latest budget plans.