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Pennsylvania Treasurer Joseph Torsella / The Missing Monongahela People

Written by Rich Copeland - Producer, WITF's Smart Talk | May 18, 2017 8:00 PM
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Pennsylvania State Treasurer Joseph Torsella

On the Friday, May 19th edition of WITF's Smart Talk:

The state of Pennsylvania is facing a budget crisis - the state's Independent Fiscal Office is projecting a $3 billion deficit in two years.  Revenue for the last quarter was 13% below projections, and the state is looking to make deep cuts to compensate.

Management of the state's assets falls on the shoulders of the Treasurer, Joseph Torsella.  While the treasurer has no role in budgeting or appropriations, he does manage the state's revenue, including both long and short term investments of state assets.

Smart Talk speaks to Treasurer Joseph Torsella about his role in state government, investment strategies for the state, management of public employee retirement funds and funding for education.

Also, the Monongahela Native Americans populated Western Pennsylvania from 1050 AD until 1635, when they completely disappeared from the region - before any significant contact with Europeans.

Dr. John Nass is the director of the anthropology program at the California University of Pennsylvania, he'll join Smart Talk to discuss his research and help paint a picture of the lives of some of Pennsylvania's earliest residents.

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