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Smart Talk: York deals with budget woes and schools while others watch; Wanted: More anglers

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Dec 9, 2014 11:33 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, December 10, 2014:

The City of York is confronting two major challenges and the rest of the state is watching because other municipalities and schools could face similar problems.

York Mayor Kim Bracey has proposed a 2015 budget that would include layoffs of 46 police officers and eight firefighters.  The city faces a $7 million budget shortfall but raising taxes is not an option since York is up against a tax cap set by the state.  However, a number of fees will be increased under the proposal.

Meanwhile, the city's troubled school district could be the first in the state to convert to all charter schools.

WITF's Keystone Crossroads reporter Emily Previti has been covering the York situation and will appear on Wednesday's Smart Talk to discuss what she's found.

Also,  the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has reduced the cost of fishing licenses in the state in an effort to promote fishing and bring lapsed anglers back to the sport.

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Photo by Heather Woolridge/WITF

Between now and the end of December, it will cost three dollars less for a three year license and five dollars less for a five year license.

John Arway, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission joins us on Wednesday's Smart Talk to explain.

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John Arway


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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-12-10 09:33

    Thomas from Lancaster emails:

    What i see here, as i see in lancaster and harrisburg. is cities like york think that building baseball stadiums and convention centers etc. are the answer, they are not in my opinion.
    for years cities have become unfriendly to business, charge for parking over regulate. and this is what you get for it.

    lancaster city at one time had not only small factories but large plants like armstrong. that is gone replaced by soccer fields
    i would like to hear why business left, taxes go up, over regulation.
    raising taxes is just driving more business and property owners out, leading more landlord owned properties, more crime more issues with the schools. etc.
    cities need to foster a climate for large businesses that pay a family sustaining jobs. not ball fields, convention centers or boutique hotels, and dining establishments,
    they are nice but they do nothing to improve the life of city residents with good paying jobs.

  • Lisa img 2014-12-10 10:00

    Fishing is a great way to introduce children to the outdoors. It is extremely vital to the future of our environment that we get kids outdoors and enjoying nature.

    • Scott LaMar img 2014-12-10 13:49


      Fishing is a great way to get young people outdoors. I agree with you though...they do need to get outside and in the outdoors more.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-12-10 10:06

    Blaine from York emails:

    Good Show. Now let’s place the blame where it really belongs. Back in the 50’s and 60’s we let school consolidation ruin our center cities. Our “Greatest Generation” kicked all the problems down the road. Now is the time to go to county school districts and county services. Red Lion is going to State Police maybe York should also.