11/26 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsCorbett signs the transportation bill, the October jobs report is in, and Pawlowski releases his education plan. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

October Jobs Report: PA Unemployment Falls Slightly: The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania fell from 7.7% to 7.5% over the past two months.

Gov. Corbett Signs Transportation Bill: The $2.3 billion legislation was fiercely fought over for much of the past year before finally passing the state legislature last week.

Pawlowski Releases Education Plan: The Democratic candidate for governor calls for restoring Corbett’s cuts, improving the funding formula, and placing more emphasis on vocational education.

PA-12: IBEW Local 5 Endorses McClelland: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 5 endorsed Erin McClelland in her campaign for the Democratic nomination in PA-12.

Wilkes-Barre Building Trades Back Mark Smith for Lt. Gov: Mark Smith for Lt. Gov picks up a local union endorsement.

Statewide
Capitolwire: PA House environmental panel considers new environmental rules for certain electrical generators
Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: Katie McGinty campaigns for governor
PA Independent: Reform movement split in PA over proposed cuts to cyber charter schools
StateImpactPA: Study finds U.S. underestimates climate-damaging methane emissions

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Nutter denounces random attacks, warns youths, parents
Inquirer: Philadelphia could make history with land bank plan
Philly: Contractor charged with third-degree murder in Market Street building collapse
Philly Clout: 3rd degree murder charges for contractor in Market Street collapse
WHYY Newsworks: As federal eligibility start date nears, fate of children’s health insurance unresolved in Pa.
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia will not tolerate ‘knockout game,’ Nutter vows
WHYY Newsworks: Moderate GOP congressman offers dim assessment of D.C. — and a sliver of hope
WHYY Newsworks: Corbett puts pen to $2.4 billion transit bill in Norristown
WHYY Newsworks: $749,000 federal grant to help Philly tackle recidivism

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Area lawmakers split on massive transportation bill
Delco Daily Times: Haverford approves 4.89 percent tax bump in preliminary budget
Montgomery Media: Gov. Tom Corbett signs transportation bill in West Norriton
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County Planning Commission hopes to digitize records
Daily Local News: $14.5 million boost for Paoli Transportation Center

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Transportation bill hailed as bipartisan victory
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Peduto wins early vote to allow 136 early retirements of Pittsburgh employees
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pa. bill would transfer regulations of racetracks to agency
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: SEIU decries Pa. welfare understaffing
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Peduto pushing Pittsburgh-area shared services
Tribune Review: Former Sen. Jane Orie to be paroled early next year
Tribune Review: Gov. Corbett signs transportation bill, heads to Pittsburgh
Early Returns: Turzai’s transportation vote
KDKA: Corbett signs transportation bill ushering in higher gas taxes and 70mph speed

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Marcellus shale plant to open in two years

NEPA
Times Leader: County budget to make formal debut
Times Leader: Black Friday feasts on Thanksgiving
Times-Tribune: Scranton landlords, homeowners and renters brace for tax hikes
Times-Tribune: Turkey farmers aim to benefit from local foods movement
Times-Tribune: Settlement talks in Old Forge lawsuit fail

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Barletta’s office to collect Toys for Tots
Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers get a .25 percent pay bump, setting base pay at $84,012
Patriot News: U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent chides GOP for obstruction tactics, and calls for Sebelius resignation
Patriot News: Legislative leaders will advise how $40m in transportation money is spent: The Sunday Brunch
York Dispatch: York County to save money by replacing lights
Lancaster Intelligencer: State funding package may soon end weight limit on Rt. 441 bridge

Lehigh Valley
Express-Times: Rep. Matt Cartwright answers health care questions in Wilson Borough
WFMZ: PennDOT prepares to study higher speed limits
Reading Eagle: Lawmakers target revenge porn

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Pa. State Senator Jake Corman on the transportation bill
Sun-Gazette: Auditor general says he’s serving as watchdog of state
Courier Express: Scarnati hails healthcare ruling
Progress: State reps meet with QICD, Coal Alliance
Progress: Income gap widens in Pa.
Daily Press: County taxes on the rise
Times Observer: Rapp: ‘No excuse’ for gas tax hike

Opinions
Times-Tribune: Disingenuous budgeting
Daily News: PA’s transportation bill raises a few questions
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pay to play? Activity fees can kill student opportunity
Times Observer: A crippling fear

Blogs
Third and State: Webinar: Property Tax Relief that Works
Third and State: Shale Drilling Highly Sensitive to Price, Meaning Job Gains May Not Be Lasting
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Comm’r defends “Catholic” Vote Against Same Sex Benefits
John Hanger’s Facts of The Day: Reality Check: New Study Confirms Shale Gas In PA Provides Directly & Indirectly About 1% Of Jobs Needed
Keystone State Education Coalition: Before PA expands cyber-charters, take a look at the data: All 11 cybers scored among the lowest schools in the state

November 26th, 2013 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

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  1. PAINDY1 says:

    Dear Ms. Spicka: How much will you have to contribute for you and your interest group to get a FULL ZOGBY? Have you reached out to William Harner: he was not forced to resign because of SPEEDO comments; it was a political hit job from Shadow Pa Ed Secretary Charly Zogby. Why are not you, Ms. Spicka, giving a full-throated demand for the resignation of Charly Zogby, the Corbett Administration’s biggest gift to Cyber Charter School Corporate Welfare Queens (but it cost the Corporate Welfare Queens a bundle to get a FULL ZOGBY)?? http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2013/11/the_state_senate_should_reject_flawed_charter_school_bill_susan_spicka.html#incart_flyout_opinion

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