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4-27-16 - Jeff Garis - On The Harmful Shift in Education Funding from State to Local Taxpayers

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PA Budget and Policy Center and Keystone Research Center staff appearances on the Rick Smith Show (http://ricksmithshow.com/).

In 2005, The Rick Smith Show stepped into a local radio world devoid of progressive talk. Rick took his straight shooting no nonsense Teamster outlook to the air and started mixing it up with conservatives from one of the reddest areas north of the Mason Dixon line. His show grew steadily, attracting listeners starved for a voice that spoke to working stiffs who felt the economic floor crumbling beneath them.

Five years after the start of his weekend program, Rick moved to new time slots and new stations. His show now airs Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm on several stations across the state of Pennsylvania where he offers hard truth and commentary with a unique blend of clear-headed, gruff analysis and bemused observation.

May 12 2016

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Episode 12 - A Fair Tax Plan

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PBPC Director Marc Stier joins us to talk about a proposal to tax income from wealth that could begin to address the structural deficit and, in conjunction with a few other revenue mechanisms, could also address the need for adequate funding for public education and human services.

Jun 17 2016

11mins

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6-15-16 - Mark Price - On Economic Inequality In America

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PA Budget and Policy Center and Keystone Research Center staff appearances on the Rick Smith Show (ricksmithshow.com/).

In 2005, The Rick Smith Show stepped into a local radio world devoid of progressive talk. Rick took his straight shooting no nonsense Teamster outlook to the air and started mixing it up with conservatives from one of the reddest areas north of the Mason Dixon line. His show grew steadily, attracting listeners starved for a voice that spoke to working stiffs who felt the economic floor crumbling beneath them.

Five years after the start of his weekend program, Rick moved to new time slots and new stations. His show now airs Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm on several stations across the state of Pennsylvania where he offers hard truth and commentary with a unique blend of clear-headed, gruff analysis and bemused observation.

Aug 02 2016

17mins

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3-16-16 - Marc Stier - On Education Funding and Investing in the Future

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PA Budget and Policy Center and Keystone Research Center staff appearances on the Rick Smith Show (ricksmithshow.com/).

In 2005, The Rick Smith Show stepped into a local radio world devoid of progressive talk. Rick took his straight shooting no nonsense Teamster outlook to the air and started mixing it up with conservatives from one of the reddest areas north of the Mason Dixon line. His show grew steadily, attracting listeners starved for a voice that spoke to working stiffs who felt the economic floor crumbling beneath them.

Five years after the start of his weekend program, Rick moved to new time slots and new stations. His show now airs Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm on several stations across the state of Pennsylvania where he offers hard truth and commentary with a unique blend of clear-headed, gruff analysis and bemused observation.

May 12 2016

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Episode 63 - Janus v. AFSCME and the Importance of Public-Sector Unions

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Claudia Lukert, Chief of Staff and Counsel for SEIU Local 668, and Steve Catanese, President of SEIU Local 668, join us to talk about the Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court case and what the decision will mean for public-sector unions. Maria Delgado, Chair of the SEIU Local 668 Statewide County Assistance Office (CAO) Rank and File Committee talks to us about what the union means to members and why the decision will be so important to their ability to serve members of the public.

Jan 27 2018

17mins

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Episode 70 - Why PA Should Reject "Work Requirements" - Marc Stier

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PBPC Director Marc Stier joins the podcast to talk about a two bills moving through the Pennsylvania state legislature that would add pretty onerous work requirements for Pennsylvanians receiving health insurance through Medicaid and those who receive food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

View the action page on this issue here: http://bit.ly/2h2NCkD

Apr 13 2018

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Episode 69 - The Problem With Education Savings Accounts - Susan Spicka

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Education Voters of Pennsylvania Executive Director Susan Spicka explains education savings accounts (ESAs) and PA SB2, a bill that would drain millions of dollars from public schools and funnel that money to private and religious schools across the state.

You can learn more about these ESA vouchers here: http://www.paopposedtovouchers.org/

Apr 07 2018

12mins

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5-11-16 - Marc Stier - On Reforming PA's Tax System

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PA Budget and Policy Center and Keystone Research Center staff appearances on the Rick Smith Show (http://ricksmithshow.com/).

In 2005, The Rick Smith Show stepped into a local radio world devoid of progressive talk. Rick took his straight shooting no nonsense Teamster outlook to the air and started mixing it up with conservatives from one of the reddest areas north of the Mason Dixon line. His show grew steadily, attracting listeners starved for a voice that spoke to working stiffs who felt the economic floor crumbling beneath them.

Five years after the start of his weekend program, Rick moved to new time slots and new stations. His show now airs Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm on several stations across the state of Pennsylvania where he offers hard truth and commentary with a unique blend of clear-headed, gruff analysis and bemused observation.

May 12 2016

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5-18-16 - Marc Stier - On the Value of Investing in Education

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PA Budget and Policy Center and Keystone Research Center staff appearances on the Rick Smith Show (ricksmithshow.com/).

In 2005, The Rick Smith Show stepped into a local radio world devoid of progressive talk. Rick took his straight shooting no nonsense Teamster outlook to the air and started mixing it up with conservatives from one of the reddest areas north of the Mason Dixon line. His show grew steadily, attracting listeners starved for a voice that spoke to working stiffs who felt the economic floor crumbling beneath them.

Five years after the start of his weekend program, Rick moved to new time slots and new stations. His show now airs Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm on several stations across the state of Pennsylvania where he offers hard truth and commentary with a unique blend of clear-headed, gruff analysis and bemused observation.

Aug 02 2016

15mins

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Episode 84 - Gov. Wolf's Budget Proposal - Marc Stier

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PBPC Director Marc Stier joins us to talk about Governor Tom Wolf's budget proposal following his budget address last week.

More info from PBPC about the budget here: http://bit.ly/2TQW9pQ
Follow the We The People - PA campaign here: www.wethepeoplepa.org

Feb 15 2019

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Episode 10 - Schools Stretching Dollars and Teacher Layoff Deception

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Susan Spicka, Director of Education Voters of Pennsylvania, talks to us about how school districts are stretching every dollar but need more state funding, how Erie School District is a canary in a coal mine, and how the teacher layoff bill was a sham. Learn more about Education Voters of PA at www.educationvoterspa.org.

May 20 2016

15mins

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Episode 15 - A Finalized Budget But Work Left To Do

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PBPC Director Marc Stier joins us once again to talk about the completed budget and the ground work that needs to be laid ahead of next year's budget negotiations.

Jul 15 2016

15mins

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Episode 65 - Breaking Down Gov. Wolf's Budget Proposal - Marc Stier

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PBPC Director Marc Stier joins us to share his reactions to Governor Tom Wolf's budget address and the proposed budget for 2018-19.

For more info, follow PBPC on Twitter (@PBPC) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/PennBPC/) or visit our budget analysis page on our website here: http://bit.ly/2FU62vt

Feb 08 2018

9mins

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Episode 14 - How to Pay the Bills

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Marc Stier, Director of the PA Budget and Policy Center, joins us to talk about the state of budget negotiations. With only days before the deadline for Governor Wolf to sign the appropriations bill, there is still no deal on revenue to pay for budget.

Jul 08 2016

11mins

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Episode 67 - Breaking Down Gov. Wolf's Budget Proposal - Diana Polson & Marc Stier

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PBPC Policy Analyst Diana Polson and PBPC Director Marc Stier detail their comprehensive analysis of Governor Tom Wolf's 2018-19 budget proposal. Audio is taken from a recent webinar about their report.

Follow along with the presentation with the PowerPoint slides here: http://bit.ly/PBPCBudgetPPT

Read the full report here: http://bit.ly/2pjhfPA

Mar 16 2018

53mins

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Episode 66 - DACA and the Economics of Immigration - Marc Stier

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PBPC Director Marc Stier joins us to talk about the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), why Congress hasn't been able to find a fix, and how the data shows that undocumented immigrants are the opposite of a drag on the economy.

Marc references a study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine about the impact of immigrants on economic growth -- see more here: http://bit.ly/2F8yNW0

Feb 17 2018

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Marc Stier on PLS Reporter Podcast Talking Budgets, Taxes, and More

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Marc Stier of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center and James Paul of The Commonwealth Foundation join "Rotunda Rumblings," the podcast of PLS Reporter, to talk about the budget, Pennsylvania's fiscal situation, and other issues on which they are focusing.

Jun 03 2016

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Episode 64 - Preview of Gov. Wolf's Budget Address - Marc Stier

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PBPC Director Marc Stier joins us to preview Governor Wolf's 2018-19 budget address.

Follow PBPC on Twitter (@PBPC) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PennBPC/) for budget address analysis.

Feb 03 2018

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Episode 8 - Pennsylvania's Public Education Lost Year

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Dan Urevick-Ackelsberg, Staff Attorney at the Public Interest Law Center, joins us to talk about his new report about plans submitted by PA school districts last spring, which detailed how they would use new state funding. The report provides vivid proof of how persistent underfunding has damaged the ability of districts to provide even the essentials of a good education. Learn more at www.pubintlaw.org.

Apr 29 2016

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Episode 11 - Smoke and Mirrors Budgeting

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PA Budget and Policy Center Director Marc Stier joins us to talk about the magical thinking employed by legislative members of the "Taxpayers' Caucus" at their press conference this week. Their new report attempts to find budget savings, but instead shows that members of the caucus might not understand how budgets work.

May 27 2016

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Episode 89 - The Business Case Against Trump's Agenda - Jim Doyle

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Jim Doyle, President of the Business Forward Foundation, joins us to talk to us about a new report entitled “Answering America: The Business Case Against Trump’s Agenda.”

You can find the new report here: http://bit.ly/2KdNL0U
And learn more about the Business Forward Foundation here: https://www.businessfwd.org/

Nov 12 2019

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Episode 88 - Analyzing the 2019-20 PA Budget - Marc Stier

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PBPC Director Marc Stier joins the podcast to walk through his recently-released comprehensive analysis of the PA budget passed by the General Assembly at the end of June.

You can read the full budget analysis, co-authored by Stier and PBPC Policy Analyst Diana Polson here: http://bit.ly/2kvyVZV

Sep 05 2019

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Episode 87 - Federal Rules Changes and the Social Safety Net - Steve Catanese

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Steve Catanese, President of SEIU Local 668, joins the podcast to talk about various Trump Administration proposed rule changes that would affect many social safety net programs that help Pennsylvania families get back on their feet. Steve also discusses how members of the public can voice their opinion on these proposed rules—and why doing so is so important.

TO SEND PUBLIC COMMENT:
- Comment on SNAP regulation concerning eligibility:
https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=FNS-2018-0037-0001

- The comment periods are closed for the other two proposed rules discussed, but members of the public can email comments about Wagner-Peyser to: ETAPagemaster@dol.gov and comments about the poverty threshold to the White House's contact page: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ as Mick Mulvaney is both the head of OMB and Trump's CoS.

Aug 09 2019

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Episode 86 - Advocating for a Minimum Wage Increase - Kadida Kenner

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Kadida Kenner, Director of Campaigns for the PA Budget and Policy Center, talks about the May 23 statewide day of action on raising the minimum wage and where the minimum wage debate goes from here.

See the page to write to your legislator about raising the minimum wage here: http://bit.ly/2HUUs8j

See information about the June 4 budget day of action in Harrisburg here: http://bit.ly/2W2mTsp

May 24 2019

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Episode 85 - A Minimum Wage Increase in PA - Marc Stier

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PBPC Director Marc Stier talks about the possibility of a minimum wage increase in Pennsylvania this year for the first time in a decade and why that conversation is tied to budget negotiations.

Tell your legislators it's time to raise the minimum wage here: http://bit.ly/2HUUs8j

"Pizza and the Minimum Wage" by Marc Stier: http://bit.ly/2V2qCAM

May 06 2019

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Episode 84 - Gov. Wolf's Budget Proposal - Marc Stier

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PBPC Director Marc Stier joins us to talk about Governor Tom Wolf's budget proposal following his budget address last week.

More info from PBPC about the budget here: http://bit.ly/2TQW9pQ
Follow the We The People - PA campaign here: www.wethepeoplepa.org

Feb 15 2019

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Episode 83 - Minimum Wage Myths - Mark Price

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As of January 1, 2019, 20 U.S. states raised their minimum wages, lifting pay for 5.3 million workers across the country. Pennsylvania did not. Mark Price, Labor Economist for the Keystone Research Center, joins us to debunk the most common myths about the minimum wage.

More info at: www.keystoneresearch.org.

Jan 19 2019

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Episode 82 - 2019 & We The People - Marc Stier

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Marc Stier, PBPC Director and the chair of the We The People - PA campaign, joins the podcast to talk about what the We The People campaign has been doing both right before and right after the election a couple weeks ago – and he helps us look ahead to the 2019 legislative session.

Visit the We The People - PA website here: http://wethepeoplepa.org/
Visit the We The People - PA Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/WeThePeoplePA/

Dec 08 2018

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Episode 81 - We The People - Pennsylvania Update - Marc Stier

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Marc Stier, Director of the PA Budget and Policy Center, joins the podcast to talk about the We The People - Pennsylvania campaign and its proactive policy agenda. Learn more about WTP here: http://bit.ly/2Con4os

*The event Marc mentions was put on by We The People - Pennsylvania Action. Watch a video of the event here: http://bit.ly/2OfuzDc

Sep 28 2018

12mins

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Episode 80 - A Flawed Tax Plan for PA - Marc Stier

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PBPC Director Marc Stier joins the podcast to talk about a tax plan for Pennsylvania released this week by the PA Chamber of Business and Industry.

See the PA Chamber plan here: http://bit.ly/2McD4to
See Marc's response here: http://bit.ly/2NjDDWR

See more about the Fair Share Tax Plan here: http://bit.ly/2sUX9uT
See more about closing the DE loophole here: http://bit.ly/2CGajpM
See more about instituting a shale tax in PA here: http://bit.ly/2s1xzV9

Sep 08 2018

12mins

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Episode 79 - Rethinking the Amazon HQ2 Pursuit - Bob Engel

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Bob Engel, retired CEO of CoBank and chief spokesperson of the Free & Fair Markets Initiative(FFMI) joins us to talk about a specific concern of FFMI, which is a company in the news fairly often recently in both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh – Amazon.

More about FFMI here: https://freeandfairmarketsinitiative.org/

Aug 31 2018

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Episode 78 - Paying PA Workers the Overtime Pay They Deserve - Stephen Herzenberg

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Stephen Herzenberg, Executive Director of the Keystone Research Center, joins us to talk about a proposal from the Wolf Administration to increase the overtime threshold for middle-income, salaried workers in Pennsylvania.

Read Stephen's policy brief about the proposal here: http://bit.ly/2nSWCtg

Aug 21 2018

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Episode 77 - We The People Campaign Update - Adrienne Standley

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Adrienne Standley, Deputy Outreach and Engagement Director for PBPC, joins the podcast to give us an update on the We The People - Pennsylvania campaign. Adrienne has been meeting with community groups across the state to talk about the campaign's proactive policy agenda, and she tells us about how she's hearing many of the same concerns regardless of where she goes.

More about the campaign here: www.wethepeoplepa.org.
Contact Adrienne at adrienne@wethepeoplepa.org.

Aug 18 2018

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Episode 76 - Brett Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court - Kadida Kenner

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Kadida Kenner, Campaign Director for PBPC focused on the Why Courts Matter - PA coalition, joins the podcast to talk about Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the importance of the federal courts.

Stay up to date with Why Courts Matter - PA on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WhyCourtsMatterPA/) and Twitter (@courtsmatterpa).

Jul 14 2018

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Episode 75 - The 2018-19 PA Budget - Jeff Garis

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The PA General Assembly just passed what is called the general appropriations bill and sent it to Governor Wolf. Jeff Garis, Outreach and Engagement Director for the PA Budget and Policy Center, joins us to talk about the state of the 2018-19 Pennsylvania budget.

Read PBPC's statement on the GA bill here: http://bit.ly/2tjYGgU

Jun 22 2018

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Episode 74 -Redistricting Reform Part II - Judicial Gerrymandering Edition - Marc Stier

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PBPC Director Marc Stier joins us for part II of a conversation about a series of redistricting reform bills being considered in the General Assembly, including SB22, a bill to create an independent redistricting commission that was, in essence, hijacked in the state Senate this week. An amendment brought forward by Senator Aument (R-Lancaster) would add judicial districts for state appellate courts to the constitutional amendment, opening up the opportunity for the General Assembly to gerrymander these new judicial district maps.

Listen to part I of the podcast here: http://bit.ly/2JHPcW7
Take action on SB 22, as mentioned in the podcast, here: http://bit.ly/2HUka8B

Jun 16 2018

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Episode 73 - Redistricting Reform in PA and SB22

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PBPC Director Marc Stier joins the podcast to talk about a series of redistricting bills going through the state legislature right now, one of which (SB22) is moving quickly through the state Senate.

Take action on SB22 and tell your state senator to vote "no" on it in its current form here: http://bit.ly/2LU0nJI

Jun 10 2018

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Episode 72 - We the People Campaign - Marc Stier

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PBPC Director Marc Stier joins the podcast to talk about the upcoming launch of the We the People - Pennsylvania campaign and the pro-active policy agenda attached to that campaign that PBPC and other partners are taking around the state in 2018 and beyond.

The campaign launches on May 17.

May 12 2018

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Episode 71 - The David Porter Nomination and the Federal Courts - Kadida Kenner

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Kadida Kenner, Campaign Director for the Why Courts Matter - PA coalition — a project of the PBPC — joins the podcast to talk about federal court nominees — specifically the recently-announced nomination of Pittsburgh attorney David Porter to the 3rd circuit court of appeals.

Follow WCM-PA on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/WhyCourtsMatterPA/

See the Porter petition page here: http://bit.ly/2JeXL79

Apr 21 2018

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Episode 70 - Why PA Should Reject "Work Requirements" - Marc Stier

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PBPC Director Marc Stier joins the podcast to talk about a two bills moving through the Pennsylvania state legislature that would add pretty onerous work requirements for Pennsylvanians receiving health insurance through Medicaid and those who receive food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

View the action page on this issue here: http://bit.ly/2h2NCkD

Apr 13 2018

9mins

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