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This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Auditor General Nominee John Brown


Radio Program Schedule for the week of September 24, 2016 – September 30, 2016

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • David Taylor of the PA Manufacturers Association, is joined by Kevin Shivers and Neal Lesher from the National Federation of Independent Business-PA for a Capitol Watch interview with John Brown, the Republican nominee for Pennsylvania Auditor General
  • Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on turnpike fare dollars being siphoned off to Penn-DOT

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Vikrant Reddy of the Charles Koch Foundation about efforts at criminal justice reform
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on the approaching federal budget deadline
  • Eric Boehm is joined by Jesse Hathaway of the Heartland Institute for a Reason Radio look at Chicago’s latest effort to fund public employee pensions
  • Col. Frank Ryan, USMC (Ret.) has an American Radio Journal commentary on affluent fear

Visit the program web sites for more information about air times. There, you can also stream live or listen to past programs!

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This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: State Treasurer Nominee Otto Voit


Radio Program Schedule for the week of September 17, 2016 – September 23, 2016

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry has a Newsmaker interview with Otto Voit, Republican nominee for Pennsylvania State Treasurer
  • Frank Gamret and Eric Montarti have an Allegheny Institute Report on the cost of educating public school students
  • Beth Anne Mumford from Americans for Prosperity-PA has a Lincoln Radio Journal commentary on congressional lame duck seasons

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Phil Kerpen of American Commitment about the Dakota access pipeline
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on the GOP’s increasingly good chances of retaining control of the U.S. Senate
  • Eric Boehm of Reason Magazine takes a look at Atlanta’s effort to bring back streetcars
  • Dr. Paul Kengor from the Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College has an American Radio Journal commentary on why the presidential race is so close

Visit the program web sites for more information about air times. There, you can also stream live or listen to past programs!

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This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Brad Bumsted Talks Keystone Corruption


Radio Program Schedule for the week of September 10, 2016 – September 16, 2016

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • David Taylor of the PA Manufacturers Association is joined for a Capitol Watch look at corruption in Pennsylvania with Brad Bumsted author of Keystone Corruption Continues
  • Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on regulation uber alles

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Dr. Tracy Miller of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University about paying for roads and bridges
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on congress’ Fall agenda
  • Lowman Henry talks with Dr. Alan Axelrod author of the new book Full Faith and Credit about the danger of the skyrocketing national debt
  • Colin Hanna of Let Freedom Ring, USA has an American Radio Journal commentary on the passing of conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly

Visit the program web sites for more information about air times. There, you can also stream live or listen to past programs!

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This Week on American Radio Journal : Impact of Third Party Candidates


Radio Program Schedule for the week of September 3, 2016- September 9, 2016

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry has a Newsmaker interview with Brian Blase of George Mason University about Aetna leaving the PA health care exchange
  • Joe Geiger from the First Nonprofit Foundation has Emily Landis from the Lancaster Science Factory in the Community Benefit Spotlight
  • Beth Anne Mumford of Americans for Prosperity-PA has a Lincoln Radio Journal commentary on the Grassroots Leadership Academy

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Keith Naughton columnist for the Daily Caller about the impact of third party candidates on presidential elections
  • Doug Sachtleben of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on the federal budget
  • Eric Boehm gets details on the prospects for high speed rail from Robert Poole of the Reason Foundation; and, Col. Frank Ryan, USMC (Ret.) has an American Radio Journal commentary on no profile on courage

Visit the program web sites for more information about air times. There, you can also stream live or listen to past programs!

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This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Back to Charter School


Radio Program Schedule for the week of August 27, 2016 – September 2, 2016

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm has news headlines from PAWatchdog.org
  •  David Taylor from the PA Manufacturers Association and James Paul of the Commonwealth Foundation have a Capitol Watch look at the importance of charter schools
  • Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on the eye of the budget storm

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Patrick Hedger of the Charles Koch Institute about extending tax breaks to special interests
  • Doug Sachtleben of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on the Arizona and Florida primaries
  • Eric Boehm talks with Sam Gedge of the Institute for Justice about free speech rights under assault in Colorado
  • Dr. Paul Kengor from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College has an American Radio Journal commentary on the persistence of socialists

Visit the program web sites for more information about air times. There, you can also stream live or listen to past programs!

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Eye of the Storm


By Lowman S. Henry

As August melts into September the halls of the state capitol building are relatively quiet. This is a marked contrast to a year ago when state government was in what turned out to be the early phases of the longest budget stalemate in state history.  This year the budget, or at least the spending part of it, was done reasonably close to the constitutionally-mandated June 30th deadline, the revenue component followed several weeks later.

But is this just the eye of the storm?

In capitulating to too many of Governor Tom Wolf’s spending demands the state legislature larded up the budget with nearly $1.4 billion in new expenditures.  This despite claims of a $1.5 billion dollar “structural deficit” the governor claimed needed to be addressed.  Even those using Common Core math can calculate that left the state nearly $3 billion in the hole.

To pay for this spending orgy some $650 million in new taxes were cobbled together, and accounting gimmicks employed, to produce a “balanced” budget.  But the budget isn’t really balanced and even that $650 million contains projected revenue that will never actually materialize.  For example, lawmakers planned to charge the state’s casinos $1 million each to purchase 24-hour liquor licenses.  Apparently nobody thought to ask if the casinos wanted such licenses, as there now appears to be no takers.

The budget also includes revenue from on-line gambling.  The problem is legislation has yet to be passed authorizing on-line gambling.  After adopting the budget, the General Assembly adjourned for a two month recess delaying any possible revenue from that source deep into the fiscal year.

And, predictably, the taxes that were hiked on existing businesses are having a dramatic negative impact.  A 40% tax imposed on vaping supplies is driving many vaping stores – almost all of which are small businesses – out of business.  That means not only will projected revenue from the tax fall short, but the state will also lose out on sales tax revenue as the stores shutter their doors.

That Republicans in the legislature caved into $1.4 billion in new spending defied logic.  The GOP had fought an epic budget battle with the governor the previous fiscal year and won. Not only did they win, but not a single lawmaker seeking re-election was denied by voters due to the budget fight.  After posting a historic win, Republicans essentially forfeited the next game.

All of these elements are coming together to produce the perfect fiscal storm as budget talks begin for next year.  Don’t forget that “structural deficit” of $1.4 billion hasn’t been addressed.  A significant portion of the new taxes enacted this year will fail to materialize.  And, Governor Wolf continues to demand a lengthy menu of spending hikes – and the taxes to pay for them.

Making matters worse the governor and the legislature have not been able to agree on how to deal with cost drivers, particularly the skyrocketing cost of public employee pensions.  Pension costs are gobbling up the lion’s share of any new revenue produced by a still slow-growing state economy.  Republicans have passed pension reform only to see it vetoed by Governor Wolf. There are new legislative proposals on the drawing board, but they fall woefully short of resolving the problem.  Even if some reform is enacted it will likely have minimal impact on the upcoming 2017-18 state budget.

Given all of this, will Republicans stick to their pledge that without addressing cost drivers they will not enact broad-based tax hikes – such as raising the personal income tax, expanding and/or raising sales taxes – or  will they again cave into the governor’s tax and spending demands?  Much rides on the outcome of this looming budget fight, primarily the fiscal health of the commonwealth.

But, 2018 is a gubernatorial election year and this budget will be enacted as the campaign heats up.  Governor Wolf, if he seeks re-election, will want to show his base voters that he delivered the goods of higher spending.  Republican voters will judge the GOP-controlled legislature by their ability to resist higher spending and more taxes.  Add these competing political imperatives to the state’s perilous fiscal circumstances and we should brace ourselves for the second wave of the hurricane.

(Lowman S. Henry is Chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute and host of the weekly Lincoln Radio Journal.  His e-mail address is lhenry@lincolninstitue.org.)

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This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Easing Apprenticeship Rules


Radio Program Schedule for the week of August 20, 2016 – August 26, 2016

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm has news headlines from PAWatchdog.org
  • Lowman Henry talks with State Representative Steven Mentzer (R-Lancaster) about efforts to ease apprenticeship rules so more workers can be trained for skilled jobs
  •  Frank Gamrat and Eric Montarti have an Allegheny Institute Report on how the City of Pittsburgh is doing financially
  • Beth Anne Mumford has a Lincoln Radio Journal commentary on National Employee Freedom Week

This week on American Radio Journal:

  •  Lowman Henry has a Newsmakerinterview with U.S. Representative Doug Collins (R-GA) about congressional efforts at criminal justice reform
  • Andy Roth has the Real Story on the fate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement
  • Eric Boehm and Matt Kittle have a Watchdog Radio Report on the riots in Milwaukee
  • Colin Hanna of Let Freedom Ring, USA has an American Radio Journal commentary on unpopular presidential candidates

Visit the program web sites for more information about air times. There, you can also stream live or listen to past programs!

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