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Smart Talk: March on Harrisburg over budget, Historic cemeteries, Central PA Youth Ballet

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 23, 2015 9:30 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, October 23, 2015:

A Philadelphia man who works with non-profits is leading a charge to protest Pennsylvania's 115-day-old state budget stalemate.  Lou Kassa says he is fed up with Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican legislative leaders who haven't been able to reach agreement on several issues, including higher income taxes, a tax on natural gas drillers, liquor privatization and public pension reform.

Kassa is one of many who have pointed out that there has been little public pressure on the two sides to end the impasse.  He started a Facebook page last week called Enough is Enough, March on Harrisburg in an effort to rally Pennsylvanians to demand a new budget.

Kass explains on Friday's Smart Talk.

Also, Pennsylvania has hundreds of historic cemeteries.  Some of them aren't maintained very well. 

The Pennsylvania Hallowed Ground Project works to do just that.  An event is scheduled for Saturday (10 a.m. Reisner Hall) at Shippensburg University called Our Forgotten Cemeteries: The Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Hallowed Ground Project.

Barbara Barksdale of Pennsylvania Hallowed Ground Project and Dr. Steven Burg, Professor of History & Chair of the Shippensburg University History and Philosophy Department at Shippensburg University joins us on Smart Talk.

More information on the Historic Midland Cemetery in Steelton can be found at their website and Facebook page.

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Barbara Barksdale & Dr. Steven Burg

Finally, The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet performs a new ballet called Once Upon a Rhyme at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg this weekend.

Choreographer Kelly Ann Sloan and narrator WITF's Cary Burkett tells us about it Friday.

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