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Smart Talk: Stand for Pennsylvanians campaign to end state budget stalemate

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 17, 2015 9:40 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Tuesday marks the 140th day Pennsylvania has been without a state budget.

In the four-and-a-half months since the start of the fiscal year July 1, finances for non-profit social service agencies, school districts and counties that rely on state funding have become desperate in some cases.  Many have been borrowing money, cutting services and hours, or laying off employees.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican legislative leaders say there is a framework in place for a budget agreement and have pointed to Thanksgiving next week as a date a final solution could be reached.  

Against that backdrop, a campaign is being planned to bring attention to the harm the budget stalemate is causing  It's being called "Stand for Pennsylvanians" and will culminate next Monday, November 23 with a Stand for Pennsylvanians Day.  Plans for the campaign are being divulged on Tuesday's Smart Talk.

Appearing on the program are Christopher Bigger, Superintendent, Littlestown Area School District in Adams County, Ifeoma Aduba, Executive Director, A Woman's Place in Bucks County, Megan Schreve, Executive Director, South Central Community Action Program and Anne Gingerich, Executive Director, PA Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO).


Megan Schreve and Anne Gingerich

Tuesday's program is part of WITF's Gridlocked project that takes a closer look at the impact of the budget impasse.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-11-17 09:42

    Silvia comments...

    The budget will not be passed until the legislators feel the pain themselves. Is there a legal way not to pay their salaries until the do their job?