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This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Glen Grell Talks Pension Reform


Radio Program Schedule for the week of October 19, 2013 – October 25, 2013

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Rich Tucker of the Heritage Foundation about the Founding Fathers’ view of national debt
  • Andy Roth has the Real Story behind the GOP cave-in that ended the partial government shutdown
  • Eric Boehm has a Watchdog Radio Report on problems and scams surrounding Obamacare
  • Col. Frank Ryan, USMC (Ret.) has an American Radio Journal commentary on employees becoming less engaged in their workplace

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm and Melissa Daniels have news headlines from www.paindependent.com
  • Lowman Henry has a Newsmaker interview with State Representative Glen Grell on his plans to resolve Pennsylvania’s public employee pension crisis
  • Eric Montarti and Frank Gamrat have an Allegheny Institute Report on whether school district mergers actually save money
  • Jennifer Stefano has a Stefano Speaks! commentary on shutdown madness

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This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Keystone Business Climate Survey Results


Radio Program Schedule for the week of October 12, 2013 – October 18, 2013

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Veronique De Rugy of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University about under-employment in the nation’s workforce
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story behind why the president’s allies are abandoning Obamacare
  • Eric Boehm has a Watchdog Radio conversation with Scott Drenkard of the Tax Foundation about their new ranking of state economic climates
  • Dr. Paul Kengor from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College has an American Radio Journal commentary on the Obama Administration’s proficiency at propaganda

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm and Melissa Daniels have news headlines from www.paindependent.com
  • David Taylor of the PA Manufacturers Association and Kevin Shivers from the PA chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business take a Capitol Watch look at results of the Lincoln Institute’s Fall 2013 Keystone Business Climate Survey
  • Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on making us feel the pain of the government shutdown

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This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Jim Panyard of Media Trackers


Radio Program Schedule for the week of October 5, 2013 – October 11, 2013

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with William Yeatman of the Competitive Enterprise Institute about the Obama Administration’s war on coal
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on how Republicans have gotten the upper hand in the government shutdown
  • Benjamin Yount and Eric Boehm have a Watchdog Radio Report on the seven myths of the government shutdown
  • Colin Hanna of Let Freedom Ring, USA has an American Radio Journal commentary on shutdown silliness

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm and Melissa Daniels have news headlines from www.paindependent.com
  • Lowman Henry talks with Jim Panyard of Media Trackers about their new Pennsylvania news service
  • Joe Geiger from the First Nonprofit Foundation has Doug Rowell of Blessed & Appreciative in the Community Benefit Spotlight
  • Jennifer Stefano has a Stefano Speaks! commentary on upcoming tax hikes

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This Week on American Radio Journal: Team Coverage of Obamacare


Radio Program Schedule for the week of September 28, 2013 – October 4, 2013

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Shona Holmes about her experience with government-run health care in Canada
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story behind why voters would support the GOP in a government shut-down over Obamacare
  • Benjamin Yount has a Watchdog Radio Report on the cost of signing up for health care under the new Obamacare exchange
  • Col. Frank Ryan, USMC (Ret.) has an American Radio Journal commentary on why the recent shootings at the Navy Yard were a failure by leadership to protect those under their command

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm and Melissa Daniels have news headlines from www.paindependent.com
  • David Taylor of the PA Manufacturers Association hosts a Capitol Watch look at a major example of lawsuit abuse with Kevin Shivers from the PA chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business and with Darren McKinney from the American Tort Reform Association
  • Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on why GOP campaign committees should not spend money in open seat primaries

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Recovery Stalls: Obamacare a major factor


The Great Recession has given way to a not-so-great recovery as Chief Executive Officers and business owners from across Pennsylvania say that over the past six months economic conditions have at best remained sluggish; and in many cases have worsened.  Among the contributing factors is the uncertainty and cost surrounding implementation of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, and a state government that appears unable to arrive at consensus on many of the most pressing problems facing the commonwealth.

Those were the key findings of the Fall 2013 Keystone Business Climate Survey conducted by the Lincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research, Inc.  Confusion and concern surrounding implementation of Obamacare have 78% of the business leaders responding expecting an increase in employee health care costs.  Conversely, only three percent actually expect the Affordable Health Care Act to be more affordable.  As a result of Obamacare, 21% of the companies participating in the poll said they have increased employee co-pay; 15% have reduced their number of employees; 15% have raised their prices; 11% have cut staff hours and 7% have discontinued providing employees with health care coverage.

Three-quarters of the respondents say Obamacare should be entirely repealed, while another 10% support delaying implementation.  Eleven percent said the act should be implemented as scheduled. The intensity of opinion surrounding Obamacare is so strong that 69% of the CEOs/owners support congress voting to defund the Affordable Health Care Act even if it triggers a general shut-down of the federal government.

Business Climate Worsens

Not only is the economy not improving, the Lincoln Institute survey found by over a two-to-one margin the business chieftains said the state’s business climate has gotten worse over the past six months.  Thirty-one percent indicated business conditions are worse, while 14% say it has improved; 55% say the economic climate has remained about the same.  Looking ahead six months 30% expect business conditions to continue deteriorating; 15% expect conditions to improve.

All of this adds up to bad news on the employment front.  Twenty-seven percent reported employment levels at their company are lower than they were six months ago, 18% have increased their number of employees. Employment levels remained constant at 55% of the businesses participating in the survey.  Looking ahead six months the state’s employment picture is expected to remain static.  Sixty-seven percent anticipate employment numbers remaining the same; 16% expect to have more employees, 16% forecast having fewer employees.

Sales are down at 38% of the companies surveyed, and up at 29%. This is an improvement from the Spring survey when only 17% reported increased sales and 46% said sales were down.  There is some optimism that sales will continue to improve modestly over the coming six months: 31% expect sales increases while 21% expect sales to decline.

Job Performance Ratings

The Lincoln Institute’s Fall 2013 Keystone Business Climate Survey revealed profound disapproval of the job being done by elected officials at both the state and national levels.  The only elected officials with higher positives than negatives are U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and Governor Tom Corbett – and their positive job approval numbers are down significantly from the Spring survey.

Scoring the highest disapproval rating was President Barack Obama who got a thumbs down from 86% of the CEOs/owners polled; only 9% gave the president a positive job approval rating.  Fifty-two percent disapprove of the job being down by outgoing Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke; 23% approve.  U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.’s positive job approval among the business leaders stands at 14%; 62% disapprove.  As for U.S. Senator Patrick J. Toomey, 45% approve of the job he is doing while 26% disapprove.  However, Toomey’s positive rating is down 13% since the Spring survey when 58% approved of the job he is doing in Washington, D.C.

At the state level, 43% of the business leaders participating in the survey approve of the job being done by Governor Tom Corbett, 42% disapprove.  That is a seven percent erosion from the governor’s Spring rating when 50% approved of his job performance and 32% disapproved.  Among the three statewide constitutional or “row” officers, only Attorney General Kathleen Kane drew strong opinions.  Forty-five percent disapprove of her job performance while 17% approve.  State Treasurer Rob McCord registered a 13% negative rating against a 6% positive rating; but 81% offered no opinion of his job performance.  Likewise, 78% had no opinion of the job performance of state Auditor General Eugene Depasquale.  Of those that did, 17% disapprove of his performance in office; 5% approve.

Business CEOs/owners also disapprove of the job being done by congress and by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  Ninety percent voiced a negative opinion of the U.S. Senate, only 4% offered a positive assessment.  Seventy-six percent disapprove of the job being done by the U.S. House of Representatives; 18% approve.  State government fared a bit better.  Sixty percent offered a negative view of the job being done by the state Senate, 17% approve.  Fifty-six percent disapprove of the performance of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 20% approve.

State Policy Issues

The collapse of Governor Tom Corbett’s legislative agenda at the end of the Spring session resulted in considerable finger pointing over who was to blame. The Lincoln Institute’s 2013 Keystone Business Climate Survey found more blame assigned to the legislature than to the governor.  Fifty-seven percent said the state Senate is to blame for the failure of the governor’s agenda; 56% blame the state House.  The governor himself is blamed by 43% of the respondents.  Going forward, 45% expect there will be action on transportation funding as the Fall legislative session gets underway.  Thirty-seven percent think the General Assembly will act on pension reform, 35% expect movement on privatizing the state’s liquor stores.

In terms of transportation funding, 80% report there have been no disruptions to their business as a result of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation placing weight limits on a number of bridges due to structural deficiencies.  However, 11% report having to adjust delivery routes and 7% have had shipping and/or deliveries disrupted.  Six percent report that employee commutes have been affected.  To fund repairs to state roads and bridges, 59% of the CEOs/business owners surveyed said they favor shift money from other parts of the state budget; 57% support diverting funds from low priority projects.  Twenty-six percent support raising license and/or registration fees; 12% say taxes should be increased.  Another 20% want to hold transportation spending at current levels.

There is a carve out in current state law that permits labor unions and businesses to stalk, harass, or threaten to use a weapon of mass destruction during a labor dispute.  Eighty-four percent of the business leaders said they disapprove of this carve out, 80% strongly disapprove.  Three percent said they agree with the carve out, while 13% offered no opinion.

Current law allows governmental entities (state, counties, school districts & municipalities) to deduct labor union dues and PAC (Political Action Committee) contributions from employee paychecks and turn over the proceeds to unions.  Eighty-nine percent of those participating in the 2013 Keystone Business Climate Survey disapprove of the practice and say unions should collect their own dues. Three percent support the practice.

As the debate continues over reforming Pennsylvania’s public employee pension systems, 85% of the business CEOs/owners said state government should transition to a defined contributions system.  Four percent favor retaining the current defined benefits system.

Methodology

The Lincoln Institute’s Fall 2013 Keystone Business Climate Survey was conducted electronically from September 9, 2013 through September 23, 2013.  A total of 306 business leaders responded of which 78% were the owner of the company, 17% work as a CEO/COO/CFO; 2% are a local manger and 1% a state manager.  Results included a representative sample from all geographic regions of Pennsylvania.  Complete numeric results of the poll are available on-line at www.lincolninstitute.org

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This Week on American Radio Journal: Salim Furth on New Fed Chairman


Radio Program Schedule for the week of September 21, 2013 – September 27, 2013

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Salim Furth of the Heritage Foundation about the upcoming appointment of a new Federal Reserve Chairman
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on developing U.S. Senate races across the nation
  • Eric Boehm talks with Tad DeHaven of the CATO Institute about a new report on the growing number of Social Security disability recipients
  • Dr. Paul Kengor from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College has an American Radio Journal commentary on New Jersey’s new law banning gay conversion therapy

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm and Melissa Daniels have news headlines from www.paindependent.com
  • Lowman Henry has a Newsmaker interview on property tax reform with State Representative Seth Grove (R-York)
  • Frank Gamrat and Eric Montarti have an Allegheny Institute Report on the latest developments in teacher strikes across the state
  • Jennifer Stefano has a Stefano Speaks! commentary on Governor Tom Corbett’s proposed government health insurance expansion

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This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: John Pippy and the War on Coal


Radio Program Schedule for the week of September 14, 2013 – September 20, 2013

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Ron Packard CEO of K12, Inc. about the importance of integrating technology into the classroom
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story behind the ongoing fight to defund Obamacare
  • Eric Boehm is joined for a Watchdog Radio Report by Matt Kittle of the Wisconsin Reporter to talk about the war against soda pop
  • Colin Hanna of Let Freedom Ring, USA has an American Radio Journal commentary on the Obama Administration’s bungling of the Syrian crisis

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm and Melissa Daniels have news headlines from www.paindependent.com
  • David Taylor from the PA Manufacturers Association hosts a Capitol Watch roundtable discussion on the impact of federal policy on the coal industry with Kevin Shivers from the PA Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business and John Pippy of the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance
  • Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on why when all other arguments fail “it’s for the children”

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