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Smart Talk: Fewer protection orders issued in York County; Wolf budget preview

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 9, 2016 10:55 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, February 9, 2016:

A protection from abuse order is designed to restrict a person who has caused harm or could jeopardize the safety of a spouse, family member or partner. 

A PFA is signed by a judge and tells the alleged abuser to stop the abuse or face serious legal consequences. It offers civil legal protection from domestic violence to both female and male victims. 

There are three types of PFAs - emergency, temporary and final protection from abuse orders.  An investigation and subsequent stories by the York Daily Record found that York County judges are issuing temporary PFAs far less often than the state average. 

York Daily Record reporters Brandie Kessler and Ed Mahon explain on Tuesday's Smart Talk.

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Brandie Kessler and Ed Mahon

Also, Gov. Tom Wolf outlines his 2016-17 budget proposal Tuesday.  For the first time in the state's history, a governor will be proposing a new state budget before the current budget has been enacted.

Since the beginning of the current fiscal year July 1, Wolf and Republican legislative leaders have haggled over a spending plan with taxes being the big holdup.

Political analyst Dr. G. Terry Madonna of Franklin and Marshall College joins us with a budget preview.

Hear Gov. Wolf's Budget Address here starting at 11:30 a.m.

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Dr. G. Terry Madonna

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