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Smart Talk: More budget fallout; Emotional intelligence

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Dec 14, 2015 9:00 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, December 14, 2015:

There is some speculation that a state budget agreement may be reached this week between Gov. Tom Wolf and Republicans in the House and Senate.  Even if the five-and-a-half month old stalemate does end within the next few days, it could be weeks before schools and social service organizations recover.  Neither has received state funding since the beginning of the fiscal year July 1.

Many have had to borrow money to keep operating or even make payroll, or have cut back services or shut down.

Easter Seals of Western and Central Pennsylvania works with intellectually disabled Pennsylvanians.  Last week, 22 Easter Seal employees were laid off and salaries cut for others.

As part of WITF's Gridlocked project that examines the impact of the budget impasse, Matt Ernst of the Easter Seals appears on Monday's Smart Talk.


Matt Ernst

Also, we'll hear from a retired Navy chaplain tells us about emotional intelligence -- the ability to identify and manage emotions in stressful situations.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-12-14 09:54

    Karl in Lancaster emails:

    Regarding a caller's comment on the taxpayes sending the legislature to Harrisburg to hold down taxes:

    Most citizens forget the role the legislature played in gerrymandering toward their election. One wag has called that "the politicians selecting the voters, instead of the voters selecting the politicians." Thus, the legislators' claim about being sent to Harrisburg to hold down taxes is tainted by their prior gerrymandering efforts.

    By comparison, the governor's election, being a state-wide counting of the votes, has no gerrymandering possibility. Gov. Wolf ran on a platform that include increased taxation, including on Marcellus shale, and the voters sent HIM to Harrisburg without taint to accomplish that. His promise of certain increased taxes was in distinct opposite to the incumbent governor.

    One can only ask to what extent the legislators have been "bought off" by "special-interest" folks from raising taxes, as the newly-elected governor promised to do. Thus, the claim about the legislature being sent to Harrisburg to hold down taxes limps a bit.

    The legislature has lost a degree of credibility in this budget struggle because of its past gerrymandering efforts.

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