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Radio Smart Talk for Friday, January 4:
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett will appear on Friday's Radio Smart Talk.
The Commonwealth faces many challenging issues like a tight budget, an aging population, pensions for retired public employees that are underfunded, and finding billions of dollars to upgrade the state's transportation infrstructure.
All this comes at a time when additional revenue is hard to come by and Gov. Corbett has ruled out increased taxes or fees.
We'll discuss these issues and others with the governor.
Among them: Just this week, the Commonwealth filed suit against the NCAA over the sanctions the college sports governing body leveled against Penn State last summer. The sanctions came after the Freeh Report found that officials at Penn State allegedly covered up and didn't report at least one account of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually molesting a young boy.
Corbett said this week the sanctions are harming the state, Centre County and Penn State economically, weren't within the NCAA's jurisdiction to hand out, and were designed to enhance the NCAA's reputation.
The sanctions include a $60 million fine for Penn State, a four-year bowl ban, 15 fewer football scholarships in each of the next four years, and vacates Nittany Lion wins from 1998-2011.
The Corbett Administration is also taking steps to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery in order to generate more money. Lottery proceeds fund programs for older Pennsylvanians and the Administration has said an aging population may require additional revenue to pay for those programs.
Camelot Global Services was the lone bidder and indicates it will bring in more than $34 billion over the next 20 years. The bid was originally set to expire December 31, but has been extended to January 10. Both Democrats and Republicans have been critical -- saying the process has been handled too quickly without input from the legislature or the public.
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