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Smart Talk: PA job growth finally normal; Carlisle Sentinel cuts Sunday

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 4, 2015 9:40 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, September 4, 2015:

It has been a long time -- seven years to be precise -- but Pennsylvania's job growth is finally back to normal.  That's according to the Keystone Research Center's The State of Working Pennsylvania 2015 report, which was released just a few days before Labor Day. 

However, the report warns the recovery is precarious and cited the two-month-old state budget stalemate between the Wolf Administration and legislative Republicans.  It said without money from the state, schools and social service agencies will have to dip into reserves and may have to furlough workers, which could lead to less consumer spending.

Dr. Mark Price, a labor economist with Keystone Research Center appears on Friday's Smart Talk to discuss the report's findings.

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Dr. Mark Price, Labor Economist with Keystone Research Center

Also, the Carlisle Sentinel announced last week that it would be cutting its Sunday newspaper.  Instead, one weekend edition would be published each week on Saturdays.

It's the latest change in a shifting landscape in the newspaper industry in recent years.

The Sentinel's Executive Editor Jeff Pratt joins us on Friday's program to talk about the newspaper and its future.

Finally, the Penn State Nittany Lions open their 2015 football season Saturday against Temple in Philadelphia.  The York Daily Record's Penn State beat writer Frank Bodani provides a preview for us.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-09-04 09:17

    Lee in York emails:

    What would have happened if, 4 years ago, the State had borrowed money at incredibly low interest rates and used the money to build/rebuild a ton of bridges and roads that we could be driving on today as we pay for them.

    Wouldn't such a big infrastructure project have substantially improved the economy while also giving us much better roads and bridges?

  • Mark img 2015-09-04 09:22

    Dr. Price – As an expert in the “Dismal Science”, can you tell me where the money “went” from 2009 to present, and also, as money becomes seemingly more available in a recovering economy, where it is “coming from”? Thanks!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-09-04 09:23

    A listener emails:

    What segments of the economy are responsible for job growth?

    Small businesses?

    Gas industry related?

    How is the slowdown in gas development impacting employment?