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Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, May 2:
New unemployment and jobs statistics this week spawned a remark from Gov. Tom Corbett that has turned into a full-fledged political controversy.
Appearing on the Ask the Governor program that is produced by witf's Radio Pennsylvania network, Gov. Corbett explained that a report from Arizona State University ranking Pennsylvania 49th nationally in job growth for the month of March was misleading. Corbett described Pennsylvania as weathering the recession better than other states so those states had room to add more jobs.
New jobless statistics also indicate the state's unemployment rate was at 7.9% in March compared to the 7.6% national figure.
When discussing the unemployment situation, Gov. Corbett added that many employers can't find workers who can pass a drug test.
Corbett's political opponents and others jumped on the remark saying the governor was blaming the unemployed for not being able to get a job.
It's one of the topics we'll discuss on Thursday's Radio Smart Talk with three State Capitol reporters -- witf's Mary Wilson, Radio PA's Matt Paul and Pete DeCoursey of Capitolwire.
Other issues to be addressed include Corbett's plan to privatize liquor sales, Medicaid expansion, and transportation infrastructure funding.
Radio PA's Matt Paul, witf's Mary Wilson & Capitol Wire's Pete DeCoursey
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