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RST: Remembering former PA Governor William Scranton; Business skills for young students

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jul 29, 2013 3:27 PM

What to look for on Radio Smart Talk Monday, July 30, 2013:

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Former Pennsylvania Governor William Scranton died Sunday night at the age of 96.  Since his passing, Scranton has been called one of the Commonwealth's most successful governors.  

During his administration from 1963 to 1967, the community college system, the State Board of Education, and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency were created.  The governor also advocated for a Department of Mental Health and creation of a Council of Science and Technology.  At a time when Pennsylvania had no income tax, Gov. Scranton also signed a bill that raised the state's sales tax from four to five percent.

Scranton was one a few Pennsylvanians who had an impact on the political scene nationally. 

In 1964, he announced his candidacy for president on the Republican ticket just weeks before the party's convention.  Scranton was considered a moderate choice for voters who thought Sen. Barry Goldwater was too conservative.  Gov. Scranton probably entered the race too late and lost to Goldwater, who was beaten soundly by incumbent President Lyndon Johnson.  

Scranton later became the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under President Gerald Ford.

Appearing on Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk to discuss Gov. Scranton's life and legacy will be political analyst and historian Dr. G. Terry Madonna of Franklin and Marshall College.

Also on Tuesday's program, young entrepreneurs get their training through a program in York County.  It's called Lemonade Day and it teachers business skills to young students in third through fifth grades.

Joining us will be Aeman Bashir, manager of new and small business development at the York County Economic Alliance and Anne Clark, community outreach specialist for Lincoln and Thackston charter schools in York.

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Anne Clark, Taliana and Devante, and Aeman Bashir

 

 

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