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Host: Scott LaMar
After waiting 10 days to sign the state budget, Governor Corbett seemingly ended a standoff with state lawmakers on Thursday when he put his signature on the 29 billion dollar spending plan.
However, tensions are still running high, as Corbett continues to fight with his own party over making changes to the state pension system. We’ll get the latest on what’s going on at the Capitol with Associated Press reporter Marc Levy.
Marc Levy, Associated Press reporter
Plus, some mid-state companies are offering their workers a big perk… help buying a home. It’s aimed at attracting and retaining employees, and revitalizing cities, but is there any evidence it actually works? WITF’s Keystone Crossroads reporter, Emily Previti will talk about what she found.
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And a controversial natural gas pipeline has been planned for parts of central Pennsylvania… including Northumberland, Schuylkill, Columbia, Lebanon, and Lancaster counties. We’ll hear from Chris Stockton, a spokesman for the pipeline company, Williams… as well as Lancaster Newspapers reporter Ad Crable, who’s been following the story and Carolyn Elefant, a Washington D.C-based attorney who represents landowners.
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