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Host: Scott LaMar
What to look for on Smart Talk Friday:
Gov. Tom Corbett
Governor Corbett's annual budget address on Tuesday heralded the start of another tough budget season in Harrisburg.
The governor's no-tax increase, $29.4 billion dollar spending plan would eliminate a projected budget gap and increase state spending by 3.3 percent in the new fiscal year. But many Democrats claim it's balanced on gimmicks and unsustainable revenues.
It flat-funds the basic education subsidy line item at $5.5 billion, while including an additional $240 million in targeted "Ready to Learn" block grants.
The budget also assumes $75 million from new drilling underneath state park land. The administration says it can be done without any additional surface impacts, but environmental groups call it a mismanagement of natural resources.
Several Corbett's 2013 budget priorities also reappeared in this week's budget address, including a public pension overhaul and liquor store privatization.
We'll discuss what's in -- and what's out of -- Governor Corbett's fourth proposed budget when he joins us on Smart Talk Friday.
What budget questions do you have for Governor Corbett? Post them in the comment section below, email us at SmartTalk@witf.org or reach us via social media.
Political Junkie Ken Rudin will also join us for his monthly chat.
We'll discuss the latest political bickering on Capitol Hill and what the upcoming mid-term elections could mean for the balance of power in Washington D.C.
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