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Smart Talk: Gov. Wolf/Sen. Corman talk budget

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Mar 16, 2016 7:08 AM

What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, March 16, 2016:

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican Senate Majority Leader Sen. Jake Corman appear on Wednesday's Smart Talk.

Republicans have proposed and the House and Senate could vote Wednesday on a $30 billion, 2015-16 state budget.  The spending plan doesn't include tax hikes but also doesn't address the structural deficit the state is facing.

A completed budget is now almost nine months late.  Gov. Wolf signed a plan approved by the legislature in December but used his line-item veto power to blue-line some $6 billion in spending.  That got money moving to school districts and social service organizations, but now there are schools that say the funding is starting to run dry.  In the meantime, others owed money from the state say they're reaching a point where they can't continue to operate, including Penn State's extension offices and other agriculture-related programs.

There are other issues to discuss with Gov. Wolf and Sen. Corman including who will replace retiring Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin, campaign finance reform, and Wolf's health -- a few weeks after the governor announced his battling prostate cancer.

Do you have a question for Gov. Wolf or Sen. Corman?

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