The PCN Capitol Preview highlights the top news and issues before the Pennsylvania state government and allows viewers to connect directly with public officials, advocates, and newsmakers on political and public policy topics.
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Tuesday, February 20
Lizzy McLellan Ravitch from the Philadelphia Inquirer discusses her article how the city of Philadelphia is training people to build electric vehicle chargers. Then, we’ll talk about transportation with Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, and Rep. Joshua Siegel, Subcommittee Chair on the House Transportation Committee. Finally, PCN’s Francine Schertzer speaks with Rep. Gina Curry regarding her proposal to cover all diagnostic breast imaging.
Tuesday, February 13
David Taylor, President and CEO of the PA Manufacturers' Association, and Greg Moreland, PA State Director of the National Federation Independent of Business, discuss the impact that Governor Shapiro's budget proposal will have on the business industry in Pennsylvania. PCN's Francine Schertzer speaks with Rep. Jill Cooper about her proposal to pause lawmakers’ legislative salaries during a budget impasse.
Monday, February 12
PennLive’s John Baer joins us to give his perspective on the new state budget proposed by Gov. Josh Shapiro. Then, Hannah Barrick, Executive Director of the PA Association for School Business Officials, Sherri Smith, Executive Director of the PA Association of School Administrators, and Donna Cooper, Executive Director of Children First PA, discuss the impact Governor Shapiro's budget proposal will have on schools in Pennsylvania. PCN's Larry Kaspar speaks with Rep. Joe Adams about his proposed legislation to require cursive writing to be taught in schools.
Monday, February 5
J.D. Prose, Political Reporter for PennLive, discusses a recent debate for the 12th Congressional district. Lisa Schaefer, Executive Director of the PA County Commissioners Association, and John Brenner, Executive Director of the PA Municipal League, appear to review this year's priorities for local government. Rep. Keith Greiner talks with PCN's Francine Schertzer about his proposal to move the date of Pennsylvania's presidential primary elections.
Tuesday, January 30
Bryan Burhans, Executive Director of the PA Game Commission, discusses hunting in PA. Later, PCN's Francine Schertzer talks with Rep. Tarik Khan about regulating Artificial Intelligence.
Monday, January 29
Steve Ulrich of Politics PA discusses what PA House Speaker Joanna McClinton's goals are for this year. House Majority and Minority leaders, Rep. Matthew Bradford and Rep. Bryan Cutler, join us to discuss the House's legislative agenda. Later, PCN's Larry Kaspar talks with Amaya Capellan, Chief Information Officer within the PA Office of Administration, about how AI is used in state government.
James Lee, President and CEO of Susquehanna Polling and Research, discusses a newly released poll. Then, Representatives Peter Schweyer and Jesse Topper, Chairs of the House Education Committee, join us to discuss school funding, including the recent report released by the Basic Education Funding Commission. Later, we hear from Sen. Jarrett Coleman as he discusses his legislation on allowing drones when hunting.
Gillian McGoldrick of the Philadelphia Inquirer, joins us to talk about Gov. Shapiro’s efforts to fulfill bi-partisan initiatives. Later, Mike Manzo of Triad Strategies and Sam Chen of the Liddell Group discuss the State Legislature's agenda and priorities for this year. Later, PCN's Larry Kaspar talks with Sen. Katie Muth about fracking wastewater disposal.
Marc Levy of the Associated Press joins us to discuss why Pennsylvania judicial races may continue to grow more expensive. In our main segment, energy-related issues take center stage on The PCN Capitol Preview, as Sen. Gene Yaw and Rep. Greg Vitali, Chairs of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committees in their respective chambers, both join us to discuss issues including the recent Commonwealth Court decision regarding the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and the emergence of hydrogen hubs in Pennsylvania. Later in the program, PCN hears from Tim Schaeffer, PA Fish and Boat Commissioner, about a new license plate that features the state amphibian.
Charlie Thompson, of Pennlive, joins us to talk about the many factors that brought voters out to the polls in last week’s General election. Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill and Rep. Mike Sturla, Chairs of the Basic Education Funding Commission, appear to discuss what they’ve leaned as they’ve held a series of hearings throughout the fall to consider difficulties and solutions tied to Pennsylvania’s school funding system. Later, PCN's Larry Kaspar talks with Sen. John DiSanto about a bill that would prohibit candidates from running for more than one office during a single election.
PCN Capitol Preview is joined by Stephen Caruso of Spotlight PA, to look at funding behind the State Supreme Court races. Then TJ Rooney and Alan Novak of Rooney, Novak, Isenhour Group, appears to talk about Pennsylvania’s role in not only the 2023 election, but 2024 as well. Finally, PCN's Larry Kaspar talks to Rep. Tim O'Neal about a resolution that would change the operating rules for the PA House.
We hear from Jim Lee, President of Susquehanna Polling and Research, to discuss recent poll results, including public opinion of the Presidential and Congressional races. Later, Kevin Harley of Quantum Communications, and Brit Crampsie of Brit Crampsie Communications, consider various issues before the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Finally, Nathan Reigner, talks about the new PA Outdoor Recreation Office that he oversees.
Berwood Yost, Director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College, joins us to share the results of their latest poll, including public official job performance and upcoming elections. Then, Speaker of the PA House, Joanna McClinton, discusses her legislative priorities and Rep. KC Tomlinson discusses a bill that would post a crisis hotline in state parks.
We hear from Ben Wasserstein, Capitol Bureau Chief for WITF, on the sudden phenomenon of Republican leaders promoting the use of mail-in ballots. Unfinished issues tied to the state budget include proposals to accelerate reduction of the Corporate Net Income Tax, and to enact combined reporting. In addition, President Biden recently announced investments into two hydrogen hubs that will impact Pennsylvania. David Taylor, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, and Alex Halper, Vice President of Government Affairs for the PA Chamber of Business and Industry, join us to these and other issues affecting Pennsylvania’s business climate. Later, Rep. Eric Nelson talks about a bill that would replace annual standardized testing for elementary and middle school students.
We hear from Angela Couloumbis of Spotlight PA. She recently reported on the Shapiro Administration’s agreement to pay $295K to settle sexual harassment allegations against a top aide. In September, House Speaker Joanna McClinton predicted to raise the minimum wage this fall. Steve Bloom, Vice President of the Commonwealth Foundation, and Stephen Herzenberg, Executive Director of the Keystone Research Center, join us to discuss the merits and drawbacks of raising the minimum wage. Later, Rep. Mike Cabell talks about a bill that would prohibit mask mandates on public transportation.
Kate Huangpu of Spotlight PA starts off The PCN Capitol Preview, discussing her article on the Shapiro Administration’s reaction to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative workgroup recommendations. Senate Minority Leader, Jay Costa, joins us to discuss various issues before the state Senate. Anticipated topics include Code bills peripheral to the State Budget, minimum wage, moving Pennsylvania’s Primary election date, and skill games.
October 16: Election and Voting Policy
We hear from Hallie Lauer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about Allegheny Co. Executive candidate, Sara Innamorato’s, condemnation of statements by the Democratic Socialists of America. We’re then joined by Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta and Rep. Roae, both who serve on the PA House State Government Committee regarding Election Policy. Anticipated discussion includes moving Pennsylvania’s Primary election earlier in Presidential elections, the Shapiro Administration’s enactment of automatic voter registration, and open Primaries. Finally, PCN's Larry Kaspar talked to to Sen. Amanda Cappeletti about a bill that would prohibit book bans in Pennsylvania.
Secretary of the Commonwealth, Al Schmidt, joined PCN to discuss topics related to voting in Pennsylvania. These include the Administration’s recent enactment of automatic voter registration and legislative attempts to move the date of Pennsylvania’s Primary election. Later in the program, Mike Barley, of Pace-o-Matic, discusses legislative attempts to ban skill games.
October 3: PA Budget
Evan Robinson-Johnson, technology reporter for the PIttsburgh Post-Gazette, joined us at the top of the hour to discuss artificial intelligence in Pennsylvania. Following his interview, Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman, R-Indiana, and House Majority Leader Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, talks about the latest news about the Pennsylvania budget. At the end of the program, Rep. Jim Struzzi, R-Indiana, talks about his proposal to address the substitute teacher shortage in Pennsylvania.
October 2: Education
Anthony Hennen, staff reporter for the Center Square, leads off the show to talk about the conversation revolving around criminalizing Xylazine. Following his interview, House Education Chair Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, and House Education Minority Chair Jesse Topper, R-Bedford and Fulton, discuss the latest education news in Pennsylvania. To wrap up the program, Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, discusses his legislation aimed at combating “grinch bots.”
September 26: House Agenda
Kim Lyons, reporter for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star, leads off the show to discuss automatic voter registration in Pennsylvania. Following her interview, House Appropriations Committee Chair Jordan Harris, D-Philadelphia, and House Minority Whip Tim O'Neal, R-Washington, will join us to discuss the latest news from the PA House Agenda. At the end of the program, Rep. Kristin Marcell, R-Bucks, discusses her proposal about animal tranquilizer abuse.
September 25: Education
Anne Clark, CEO of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools, and Donna Cooper, Executive Director of Children First PA, discusses the latest education news in Pennsylvania. To wrap up the program, Rep. Marla Brown, R-Lawrence, talks about her proposal to make falsely reporting threats towards a school a felony.
September 19: Legislative Preview
Jon Delano, KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh Money & Politics Editor, joined us at the top of the hour to discuss the Special Election for the state House’s 21st District. Following his interview, Chris Nicholas, President of Eagle Consulting Group, and Danielle Gross, Partner at Clear Point Communications, provides a preview of the Pennsylvania legislature as they return to session. To wrap up the program, Rep. Jamie Barton, R-Berks and Schuylkill, talks about his proposal aimed at increasing transparency of campaign finance reports.
September 18: PA Senate Agenda
Maddie Hanna, reporter with the Philadelphia Inquirer, leads off the show to update us on basic education funding discussions in Pennsylvania. Following her interview, Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Scott Martin, R-Berks & Lancaster, and Sen. Art Haywood, D-Montgomery & Philadelphia, will join us to discuss the latest news from the PA Senate Agenda. At the end of the program, Rep. Michael Stender, R-Montour & Snyder, discusses his proposal about an escapee alert system.