State House Sound Bites

Capitol reporter Katie Meyer covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.
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Episode 17: Money, power, and not many rules

Written by Katie Meyer | Aug 4, 2017 4:28 PM
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With the legislature on an indefinite recess and budget negotiations effectively paused, this week we focus on a different--but ever-present--part of state politics: the often-tangled web of money and influence that, to a considerable extent, shapes policy.

Veteran reporter Brad Bumsted, who does investigative works for L&P's The Caucus, talks us through a few stories he has reported lately. How did one of the state's top union officials also became involved with deciding unemployment compensation appeals? Who are the most powerful lobbyists in Harrisburg, according to politicians? Why are Pennsylvania's ethics laws so lax?

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