10/2 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14A tentative deal is reached to end the ongoing budget impasse, Senate will meet today, and the ups & downs from the week that was.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Tentative Deal Reached for Pa. Budget; Senate Recalls Members for Monday Session: Rumors in Harrisburg are that a tentative deal has been struck between the Republican legislature and Governor Tom Wolf to pass a revenue package, including a gambling expansion. The deal is close enough that Senate leaders have recalled their members for a session Monday.

9/29 Ups & Downs: Wagner gets a nod from a national figure, Torsella gets positive coverage during the budget impasse, county budgets feel the pinch from the same impasse, and Cartwright starts to get targeted by national Republicans. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Lawmakers will resume session as signs of new budget plan emerge
State House Sound Bites: Episode 25: What even is a severance tax?
State House Sound Bites: PA Resist’s day of action was largest to date, group says
StateImpact: FERC not a rubber stamp, says new commissioner
City & State: Winners and Losers for the week ending September 29

Philadelphia
KYW: Toomey: Tax Plan To Provide Relief For Middle-Income Families
Philly Voice: Steve Bannon enters Pennsylvania politics
Philly Tribune: Budget spending proposal gets redo
Inquirer: Wish you didn’t have to pay taxes on your home? Pa. ballot question could lead to change
Inquirer: Police fund-raiser for fired officer draws protest
Inquirer: Fight over state and local tax deduction poses dilemma for region’s Republicans
Inquirer: Philly immigrants hit hard in nationwide ICE sweep
WHYY: Brady opponent to plead guilty — what will he say?
Philly Voice: As Puerto Rico suffers, state lawmaker rakes Trump: ‘U heartless, amoral dung-panini!’

SEPA
Delco Times: Delco basks in national budget spotlight
Bucks County Courier Times: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick introduces America Star program for manufacturing
Bucks County Courier Times: Hearing set for Oct. 16 on Rolling Hills Elementary School closure
Daily Local: Pennsylvania lawmakers return amid effort to end 3-month budget stalemate

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Signs of a deal nearing on Pennsylvania’s budget
Post-Gazette: Insurers unveil Medicare Advantage plan offerings for 2018
Post Gazette: ICE crackdown nationwide nabs 489 immigrants
Post-Gazette: CHIP, other federal safety net programs went over a cliff this weekend
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh region has 20 horses—at least—in the Amazon HQ2 race
Tribune Review: Scout’s project flooding at Youngwood properties
Tribune Review: Pa. Dems cry foul over Republican Scott Wagner’s comments on natural gas tax
Tribune Review: Monroeville mayoral candidate claims politics behind VFD booting him
KDKA: Pennsylvania To Brand Beer Made With State-Grown Ingredients

Southwest
WTAJ: American Legion Post bans NFL games Sunday
WTAJ: Report: Trump asks lawmakers for $7.9 billion for Harvey
Beaver County Times: Republican legislators support switching flow on fuel pipeline
Beaver County Times:  Spicer: Energy executives have a friend in Donald Trump
Altoona Mirror: Blair approves acting warden
Altoona Mirror: PlanCon officials expect funds for school projects
WJAC: Wolf on budget: Progress is being made

NEPA
WBRE: Senator Toomey Talks Tax Reform
Times-Tribune: Parents debate the benefit of state facilities for disabled
Times-Tribune: Analysis: Abington Heights health costs eat into teacher raises
Standard-Speaker: House committee hears from region’s business boosters

South Central
Patriot News: Could Trump tax reform plan affect Pennsylvania’s long-running property tax debate?
Patriot News: Task force begins quest for ideas on how to grow Pa.’s middle class in a changing economy
Patriot News: VA chief mixed business with pleasure at taxpayer expense: Media report
Patriot News: Health dept. goes to court to keep medical marijuana panelists’ identities a secret
WPMT: Pennsylvania receives $5.7 million federal grant to assist fight against opioid epidemic
York Daily Record: Wagner, Saylor oppose gas drilling tax to spike Wolf reelection: report

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pennsylvania’s gas drilling severance tax budget idea enters governor’s race

Morning Call: Lehigh Valley officials rip proposed 6% warehouse tax
Morning Call: Morganelli reviewing whether to charge man removed from Toomey Town Hall
Reading Eagle: Battle emerges to preserve state and local tax deduction

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Officials still exploring demolition fund fee for Erie County
Erie Times-News: State considers monitor for Erie schools
Erie Times-News: Slow internet plagues rural areas of Erie County
Centre Daily Times: Penn State gives protesters ‘final notice’ to vacate Toll Brothers site

Opinion
Inquirer: It’s time to fix Pa.’s unfair DNA testing legislation | Opinion
Inquirer: Fake purveyors and real consequences
Daily News: Pennsylvania is late on REAL ID, but air passengers won’t be grounded | Stu Bykofsky
Bucks County Courier Times: An easy way to cut prescription drug costs
Tribune Review: Graduation Day for drug court
Post-Gazette: Order in the Senate: Heed McCain’s call for bipartisan lawmaking
Post-Gazette: Newspapers in Pennsylvania remain invaluable
Post-Gazette: PWSA customer care: The troubled system should preclude shut-offs
Patriot News: America has its problems – but the Anthem protests were just wrong | Charlie Gerow
Patriot News: The POTUS’ NFL temper tantrum was typical Trump | Kirstin Snow
Patriot News: It’s time for Pa. to embrace real redistricting reform | Editorial
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Trump right to push for tax reform

October 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments