Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 49: Pittsburgh Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle

August 3, 2017

This week, our Pittsburgh Bureau Chief Alanna Koll sits down with City Councilman Dan Lavelle to talk about his background, initiatives, and what he likes to do in his spare time.

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Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 48: Health Choices Behavioral Health Program

July 28, 2017

In this episode we discuss the latest news on a state legislature moving along a revenue plan to balance the budget and we interview Dan Eisenhour of Dauphin County and Jack Carroll of Cumberland County about the Health Choices Behavioral Health program, now in its 20th year.

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Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 47: Remembering the Quecreek Mine rescue with former DEP Sec. David Hess

July 21, 2017

This week, we talk to former DEP Secretary David Hess, who reflects on the Quecreek Mine Rescue as we approach the event's 15th anniversary.

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Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 46: Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia)

June 23, 2017

This week Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) joins the podcast to talk about the state of the budget and some of his ideas for how to generate revenue.

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Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 45: Rep. Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny)

June 16, 2017

We have a budget-focused podcast this week where we sit down with House Appropriations Committee Democratic Chairman Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny) to discuss where things stand with developing a balanced FY 2017-2018 spending plan, what House Democrats hope to see out of the budget and related bills, and what needs to be done to rid Pennsylvania of its perennial structural deficit.

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Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 44: Wendell Young IV

June 9, 2017

Wendell Young IV, the president of UFCW 1776, joins the podcast this week to argue against further liquor privatization. We talk about the budgetary side of the debate, how further privatization might impact jobs, and what his organization will be up to in order to prevent further privatization legislation from becoming law.

In an overview of the week's news, we discuss the House vote on gaming expansion legislation, the pension reform bill on the governor's desk, and give a budget update.

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Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 43: AFP-PA

June 2, 2017

This episode of the podcast features an interview with Americans for Prosperity Pennsylvania State Director Beth Anne Mumford about the organizations "Free Our Spirits" campaign, which seeks to address the issue of liquor privatization from a grassroots level.

We also give a brief of the latest news items.

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Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 42: Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks)

April 12, 2017

The podcast this week is joined by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) who talks about his concerns with and opposition to the proposed merger of four human services related agencies--particularly the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs--as proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf and included as part of the House GOP-crafted budget that recently made its way to the Senate.

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Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 41: PSERS executive director Glen Grell

April 7, 2017

The podcast this week features a pension reform can't miss as we sit down with PSERS executive director Glen Grell. Also, a recap of the week's budget news and other items.

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Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 40: NFIB

March 31, 2017

The podcast this week features an interview with NFIB State Director Kevin Shivers where we talk his organization's take on current issues. Also, a rundown of the week's news.

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