August 25, 2016
The Rotunda Ramblings podcast talks to Joe Torsella this week. Torsella is the Democratic nominee for State Treasurer and we delve into his background, why he is running for the office, what he hopes to accomplish if elected, and a number of other topics.
August 19, 2016
This week's Rotunda Ramblings podcast features an interview with Matt Hough, executive director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. If you are interested in hunting and/or wildlife conservation, this is a can't miss!
August 12, 2016
This week's podcast features an interview with Otto Voit, the Republican nominee for State Treasurer in November's General Election. We talk to Mr. Voit about his background, what he hopes to accomplish if he's elected as Treasurer, and why he's running for office.
July 29, 2016
The podcast this weeks talks with Mark Singel about his recently released book A Year of Change and Consequences, which highlights the events of 1993 where Singel--then Lieutenant Governor--took over as Acting Governor when Gov. Bob Casey had his multi-organ transplant.
We talk over the events of 1993, what Singel is up to now, and his perspective on his place in the Commonwealth's history.
July 22, 2016
This week's podcast features an interview with Erik Arneson, director of the Office of Open Records.
We talk about trends in open record laws, things the office has been up to, and the office's new website!
July 14, 2016
As promised, we are back now the the budget is complete.
Our team has a roundtable discussion about the budget process, how things ended up where they were, and how Pokemon Go has forever changed the Commonwealth's fiscal policy.
June 17, 2016
A budget and pension discussion-packed podcast awaits you! Hear budget updates from House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) and House Appropriations Chairmen Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) and Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny).
We get into the pension bill that passed the House this week, getting Senate reaction from Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre), Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh), and Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna). Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill), who sponsored the proposal, provides a defense of his plan.
The crew also talks about the legalization and regulation of daily fantasy sports betting, hearing from Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) and House Gaming Oversight Chairman John Payne (R-Dauphin).
The podcast then turns to a talk on statute of limitations reform with comments from Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery) and Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks).
We wrap up talking about a hearing creating a centralized agency for administrative hearings and what's new with combatting the opioid addiction epidemic.
All of that in less than 30 minutes!
June 10, 2016
This week's podcast has The PLS Reporter crew talking about the week's bevy of legislative activity. We discuss all the highlights in this rapid-fire episode!
June 3, 2016
On the podcast this week we talk to Marc Stier of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center and James Paul of The Commonwealth Foundation about the budget, Pennsylvania's fiscal situation, and other issues on which they are focusing.
With just over three weeks before the end of the fiscal year, these two interviews offer different perspectives on the big issues that will influence discussions as the fiscal year comes to a close.
May 26, 2016
We have our podcast up a day early so you can get a head start on Memorial Day!
In this episode of Rotunda Ramblings, we say goodbye to Alanna, but--don't worry--we also cover the week's legislative news.
We hear fresh budget updates from House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) and Senate Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh). Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) is featured twice: once talking about legislation increasing legislative oversight of regulations, and again talking about Second Amendment rights. We hear from Sen. Browne again on a PlanCon advisory committee, get an update on gaming legislation from Rep. Reed, and find out about the potential for $3 billion in budget savings and nontax revenue from the Taxpayer Caucus.