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State Street Podcast
23 minutes | Sep 2, 2020
Govt. Holding Healthcare Back
Why did Coronavirus hit nursing homes the hardest? Was our healthcare system prepared? What's keeping Pennsylvanians from getting better, more flexible care? We sat down with the President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association Zach Shamberg, to discuss the state of our health care before, during and after coronavirus. Zach brings a uniquely personal perspective to the health care field as an advocate for the elderly and their healthcare providers.
17 minutes | Aug 19, 2020
Govt. Lifelines Overrun — What's Next?
The stock market and many big businesses are enjoying the sugar high of massive government stimulus. But at the state level, government lifelines are being overrun. Small businesses are in danger of mass closures. Tens of thousands of people still haven't received unemployment compensation. And no one seems to know what's next. Our V.P. Nate Benefield discusses where thing stand and how to starting moving toward rebuilding Pennsylvania's economy.
18 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
Charter Schools: Breaking Through the Chaos
In a school district fraught with controversy, and at a time defined by COVID-19, one charter school has broken through boundaries to become a community landmark and an innovative education alternative. We sat down with Tamara Allen-Thomas, the Principal of Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship talk all things charters, education, and what makes their school truly unique.
17 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
Police Unions, Govt. Unions, and The Law
Police unions are the subject of nation-wide criticism and reform efforts nowadays. The gulf between their focus on protecting members at all costs and the good of the community at large has been the focus of intelligent debate. But this issue is not just a police union issue. It's common among all government unions. In this episode we chat with Nathan McGrath, the President of the non-profit pro bono law firm The Fairness Center, about the many ways government unions are facing legal issues and what life looks like for them 2 years after the landmark Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court case.
18 minutes | Jun 24, 2020
Wolf v. The Legislature - The Shutdown Lawsuit
The Pa. General Assembly passed a resolution to end Gov. Wolf's COVID-19 disaster declaration. Wolf vowed not to abide the resolution. Now, the legislature and Wolf are suing each other over the future of Wolf's shutdown and reopening orders. Our VP Nate Benefield breaks all of this down and discusses what happens if either side wins.
21 minutes | Jun 10, 2020
Suing Pa.'s Liquor Monopoly
Jason Malumed of MFW Wine Co. is a wine distributor in Pa. who is suing the Pa. Liquor Control Board (PLCB). The PLCB is one of the nation's two state-run liquor monopolies. We discuss why he decided to sue, how the PLCB affects businesses, and why so many small business owners are fearful of the state's behemoth liquor monopoly.
16 minutes | May 27, 2020
What should lawmakers be focused on for the state budget during coronavirus? Our Director of Policy dives into what legislators should be thinking about to help heal Pennsylvania.
15 minutes | May 12, 2020
Wolf's Transparency Debacle
Why has Gov. Wolf chosen to not be transparent during an emergency? The controversy has started to define his management of the emergency as questions about his decision making mount.
15 minutes | Apr 24, 2020
Shutdown Debate: Partisan Conspiracy or Constructive Negotiation?
In recent weeks the Pa. Legislature has passed several bills that counter Gov. Wolf's approach to the shutdown. Is this ghastly partisanship or integral to good government? Our V.P. Steve Bloom dives in and also looks ahead to post-COVID policy debates.
21 minutes | Apr 16, 2020
Unemployment Is Skyrocketing...What's Wolf's Plan?
As unemployment in Pennsylvania is approaching 20%, the State Legislature passed SB 613. The bill would implement a more fair and transparent business shutdown than Gov. Wolf's haphazard and confusing order. Commonwealth Foundation's Director of Policy discusses.
21 minutes | Apr 8, 2020
Education During Coronavirus
Education is not what it was two months ago. From parents to politicians, everyone is grappling with how to keep kids lives and schooling just a bit normal. Our education policy experts dive into how that's happening...and sometimes not happening in the Keystone State.
24 minutes | Mar 27, 2020
Harrisburg & COVID-19
How is state government reacting to the coronavirus? And what can the Legislature do to help alleviate the pain Pennsylvania is enduring?
27 minutes | Feb 26, 2020
Entrepreneurs — Enemies or Visionaries?
Are entrepreneurs peddling in obscene greed or are they visionaries who benefit our society? And how does entrepreneurship connect to politics and policy? Commonwealth Foundation President and CEO Charles Mitchell clears things up.
28 minutes | Feb 12, 2020
Appropriating Inappropriately — Gov. Wolf's 2020 Budget
The state budget outlines many of the most important policy decisions our state government makes. Gov. Wolf recently proposed his 2020/21 budget. In this episode, Commonwealth Foundation V.P. Nathan Benefield gives his analysis and commentary.
21 minutes | Jan 22, 2020
School Choice: A Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Lenny McAllister of Commonwealth Foundation explains why school choice matters so much to families of all backgrounds and how it can bring about a true sense of educational equity in our state.
18 minutes | Jan 6, 2020
Are You a Bootlegger or a Baptist?
Happy New Year! We're kicking off this year with a conversation on how people and organizations manage to profit off of government regulations. Commonwealth Foundation V.P. Nathan Benefield came on to explain a theory dubbed "Bootleggers and Baptists."https://www.commonwealthfoundation.org/policyblog/detail/how-to-make-an-easy-six-million
21 minutes | Dec 17, 2019
Justice the Right Way
The Pennsylvania Legislature is in the midst of debating a momentous group of criminal justice reform bills. What will they do? Why do they matter? And why do we think they should be passed and signed by the Governor? Commonwealth Foundation Manager of Policy Research Jessica Barnett explains.
22 minutes | Sep 25, 2019
The Wolf that Cried Charters
Over the summer, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a series of executive orders aimed at charter schools. His orders don't necessarily address the issues most agree need to be addressed. Instead, he has stirred up a contentious debate. At the heart of the debate are numerous myths surrounding charter schools. Are they "expensive?" Are they not performing well? Are district schools being financially impacted? Commonwealth Foundation V.P. and COO Nathan Benefield comes on the first episode of our podcast reboot to debunk the most common myths about Pa. Charters.
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