Crime victim Constitutional proposal/Affordable or free college plan

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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, January 30, 2018:

Should Pennsylvania’s Constitution be amended to provide more protections for crime victims and also keep them better informed about their cases?

Currently, the U.S. Constitution and every state constitution provides legal rights for individuals accused of a crime and those convicted of a crime. Yet, the U.S. Constitution and some state constitutions do not extend legal rights to victims of crime. Pennsylvania is one of those states without a Victims’ Rights Amendment to its Constitution.

It’s called Marsy’s Law for All and was named after Marsalee Nicholas, a California co-ed murdered by an ex-boyfriend.  Only a week later, her family members walked into a grocery store and were confronted by the accused murderer. They were not told that he had been released on bail.

Pennsylvania Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm is a supporter of a Marsy’s Law in the state.  She’s appear on Tuesday’s Smart Talk, along with Christi Lane, a woman who witnessed the murders of her mother and grandmother 25 years ago.

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Pennsylvania Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm

Also, The Keystone Research Center and Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center proposed a plan last week that would make college and universities more affordable and maybe even free in some cases. The Pennsylvania Promise proposal attracted a lot of attention because it would effectively eliminate tuition for qualified students with family incomes of $110,000 a year or less.

Mark Price, a labor economist with the Keystone Research Center, joins us on Smart Talk to discuss details and how Pennsylvania would fund the $1 billion proposal.  Some suggestions include a severance tax on Marcellus shale and raising corporate and income taxes on higher earners.

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Mark Price, a labor economist with the Keystone Research Center / Daniel Lee – PA Student Power Network Member


– My mom’s house was robbed and everything of value she owned was stolen. They caught the guy and when she asked him where all of her belongings were a judge said that he did not have to tell her. It destroyed her to lose all of her family heirlooms not to mention she became very afraid of being in the house alone. We don’t think this is fair that she was unable to retrieve her belongings because the judge protected the thief. It was in the paper in Harrisburg