GUESTS: JOHN BAER & JOHN MICEK
The $28.4 billion Pennsylvania state general fund budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year is due by midnight Sunday, June 30th, and is supposed to start Monday, July 1st. There are many items to consider including three transportation funding plans, a liquor privatization overhaul, property-tax reform, public education funding, pension reform, and a plan for the state to respond to the national Affordable Healthcare Act regarding its Medicaid coverage strategy. Also, will Governor Corbett be running for a second term in 2014? The governor, who continues to score low public opinion ratings, has been reported scheduling 29 campaign meeting in the first four months of this calendar year. He has recently noted Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate has dipped to a (lower) 7.5 percent, and responded to President Obama’s “Climate Action Plan” speech this week with it was “not only a war on coal … but also a war on jobs.” Marty talks to JOHN BAER, columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, and JOHN MICEK, editor of the editorial and opinion pages for The Patriot-News and PennLive.