12/12 Morning Buzz

Right-to-work is law in Michigan, but could it come to Pa? Not likely, says Corbett. Plus Sen. Tim Solobay is floating his name for Gov. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Exclusive: Solobay Joins Gov-Stakes: Add another name to the ever-growing list of prospective Democratic candidates for Governor: state Sen. Tim Solobay of Washington County.

Corbett Punts on Right-to-Work: Michigan watchers won’t see a repeat in Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett suggested this week. The Governor said he’d sign a controversial right-to-work law, but doesn’t expect it to happen.

Casey: Not Considering Gov Run: Sen. Bob Casey is apparently not considering a run for Governor in 2014. He clarified his stance during an interview Tuesday.

Statewide
Capitol Ideas: Tuesday Morning Coffee: Corbett says PA “lacks the will” to become a Right-to-Work state.
State House Sound Bites: Dems pen last letter before health care exchange deadline
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: Muni pension system lowers expectations
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: PA highlighted in state budget analysis report

Philadelphia
Philly.com: Senate honors Specter
Inquirer: Seaport museum sets new course
Inquirer: Advocates urge extending Philadelphia’s ‘living-wage’ standard to non-unionized airport workers
PhillyClout: City appeals firefighter arbitration award, again
PhillyClout: Tuesday’s DN: Mummers’ warehouse goes up in flames
PhillyClout: Who should pay consultants hired to aid in PGW sale?
WHYY Newsworks: Inquirer and Daily News headed for online paywall
WHYY Newsworks: Castor, other GOP county leaders calm as fiscal cliff nears
WHYY Newsworks: As deadline looms, Corbett still hesitates on Pa. health-care exchange
Phillynow.com: Nutter Participates in Fiscal Cliff Call with Other PA Mayors
Phillynow.com: DAILY GRINDER: Prepare for a Philly Media Paywall
Phillynow.com: Philadelphia Weekly Staff Writer Randy LoBasso Is Doing the Food Stamp Challenge
KYW Newsradio: City’s Effort To Sell Off PGW Gets Tangled In Purse Strings Battle
KYW Newsradio: Battle Between Nutter Administration And Firefighters’ Union Heads To Court
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Turnpike Under Scrutiny Even As Much Anticipated Interchange Opens

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Panel hires PennDOT administrator as turnpike chief
AP: Pa. has no will to face unions, Corbett says
AP: New fee for underage drinking proposed
AP: Pa. woman sues Google over Gmail privacy, claims violation of wiretap laws
Post-Gazette: Pa. Rep Conklin proposes changes for Penn State board
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania Turnpike names new CEO
Post-Gazette: Conklin wants bill restructuring Penn State’s board enacted by end of 2013
Post-Gazette: Pa. auditor general urges watch over free turnpike rides
Post-Gazette: In final vote, Pittsburgh City Council approves reapportionment plan
Early Returns: City council hosts Wiz Khalifa
KDKA: Sen. Casey Proposes New Rules for Gift Cards

SEPA
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County commissioners approve 2013 general fund budget

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Luzerne County budget proposes $7.4 million in tax increases
Pocono Record: Pa lawmaker pushes for Penn State trustees reform
Pocono Record: Obama and Boehner trade proposals
Pocono Record: Michigan becomes right-to-work state as governor signs bills

Southwest
AP: PennDOT official named CEO of Pa. Turnpike
AP: Pa. lawmaker pushes for PSU trustees reform
AP: Corbett opens Turnpike interchange outside Philadelphia
Altoona Mirror: AMED proposal pulled from plan
Lock Haven Express: Corbett working for pension solutions

Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania Ave: Casey gives Godiva, receives peanuts
Pennsylvania Ave: Senate Honors Spector’s Life

South Central
The Patriot News: Harrisburg City Council chooses state fiscal analyst Bruce Weber to fill vacant council seat
Lancaster Online: Pequea Township residents will pay higher tax rate in 2013
Lancaster Online: State official says Lancaster County makes it tough on welfare cheats

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: State Rep. Scott Conklin proposes bill to reduce size of Penn State’s board, limit powers of president and Governor
Centre Daily Times: Corbett opens turnpike interchange outside Philly
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Corbett touts pension reform during sit-down

Opinions
Tribune Review: Right to work: Michigan’s epiphany
Tribune Review: …What about Pa.?
Post-Gazette: Lawfully wedded?: The Supreme Court looks at gay marriage at last
Phillyburbs: Pension bomb may push taxes through the roof
Delco Daily Times: Lottery privatization should bring more money
Times-Tribune: Audit lesson: fix charter
Wayne Independent: The budget and the boomers
Observer-Reporter: Tough times for English majors

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