Episode 16: A fiscal change of heart


This week, we left our usual low-fi home in Little Amps coffee shop to record the podcast at WITF’s studio. It first appeared live on-air as an episode of Smart Talk. But never fear—if you miss the sweet sounds of latte machines in the background, they’ll be back next episode.

A lot happened over the last few days. In a marked departure from previous GOP-led proposals, the state Senate passed a revenue plan that aims to close a $2.2 billion budget gap using several controversial tax increases. Those include a severance tax on Marcellus Shale gas drilling, a range of utility taxes, and expansion of online sales tax collections.

You might be asking, where did this proposal come from? How did it pass the GOP-led Senate? What would the taxes mean for the commonwealth? Will it become law?

We address all those questions and many more, with help from PennLive’s Charles Thompson and Steve Esack of the Morning Call.

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