Governor Tom Wolf and Restore PA / understanding migraine


Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during a news conference at the John H. Taggart School library, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Philadelphia. Wolf discussed his infrastructure package, Restore Pennsylvania, to help remediate contaminants from Pennsylvania schools. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

What to look for on Smart Talk, Friday, June 21, 2019:

Governor Tom Wolf proposed a $4.5 billion “Restore Pennsylvania” infrastructure plan in January. The plan includes money for natural disasters like floods, expansion of broadband internet service, clean-up of blighted properties and brownfields, decominate structures and waterways with lead and help maintain local roadways. To gain approval, he has taken the case directly to the communities that would benefit from the deal.

It isn’t surprising that here is plenty of support for the projects and outcomes, but funding the plan remains contentious.

“Restore Pennsylvania” relies on a state-wide severance tax on natural gas drillers. This tax proposal has been met with opposition by the Republican-controlled legislature since Wolf took office in 2015 and began proposing the tax.

Governor Wolf joins us on Friday’s Smart Talk to discuss “Restore Pennsylvania,” what it will mean for the state’s infrastructure and how he’ll move the plan forward.

Also, if you are one of the nearly forty million people in the U.S. who experience migraine headaches you know how debilitating they are.

Migraine is much more than just a bad headache, treated with over the counter pain medicine. For many people, migraine is a chronic disease that significantly diminishes their quality of life.

June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month and the 2019 theme is “Sowing the Seeds for a Cure.”

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Dr. Stephen Ross

How much progress has been made to, if not cure, improve the quality of life for people living with migraine?

Appearing on Friday’s Smart Talk to discuss treatment progress and advocacy are Dr. Stephen Ross, MD, Professor of Neurology, Penn State University College of Medicine and Nim Lalvani, Director of the American Migraine Foundation.