State House Sound Bites

Capitol reporter Katie Meyer covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

Episode 19: Social unrest; fiscal distress

Written by Katie Meyer | Aug 19, 2017 5:46 PM

Violent clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia dominated this week's news cycle, and have inspired a wave of intense discussions over the way Americans think about hate.

In the first half of this week's podcast, we'll discuss the partisan differences that have colored the conversation--both in Pennsylvania, and more broadly. And we'll explain why Pennsylvania is the only state in the northeast without explicit protections from hate crimes committed on the basis of sexual and gender orientation, disability, or race.

In the second half, we'll turn to something completely different: the state Treasury's reluctance to bail the general fund out of fiscal distress. Want to know what'll happen if the fund runs dry? Trying to make sense of the budget standoff's tangled politics? Listen on. 

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