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Smart Talk: Diane Rehm; Minimum wage

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 3, 2016 8:23 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, April 4, 2016:

In March, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage for state workers under his jurisdiction and employees of Pennsylvania state government contractors from $7.25 to $10.15 an hour. Gov. Wolf hopes to increase the minimum wage statewide and this could be the first step in a campaign to do so.

On Monday's Smart Talk, we'll hear about the pros and cons of hiking the minimum wage.

Appearing on the program are Mark Price, a labor economist with the Keystone Research Center and Alex Halper, Director of Government Affairs for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.

Talk show host Diane Rehm will also appear on Monday's program.

Following the death of her husband, John, in June 2014 after battling Parkinson's disease, she became an advocate for the right-to-die movement.

In her newly published book, On My Own, Diane Rehm writes about her belief that the terminally ill should be able to die with dignity with the aid of a physician -- something her husband was not able to do.  She also describes her emotions and grief after the death of John.

Diane Rehm appears on Monday's Smart Talk to discuss the book just before her own program airs on WITF at 10 a.m.

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