12/30 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Wolf line-item vetoes the budget, Kenney announces additional appointments and we ask if Shapiro will run for Attorney General. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-BGT: Wolf to Veto ‘Garbage’ Budget Line by Line (UPDATED with VIDEO): Though most Harrisburg lawmakers have gone home for the holidays, a budget plan is on the move.

Reader Poll: Will Shapiro Run for AG?: We ask our readers if the Montco Commissioner will take the plunge in 2016.

Reader Poll: Kane Had the Worst 2015: Our readers overwhelming believe the AG had the most dreadful year.

PHL-15: Kenney Announces Additional Appointments: The Mayor-Elect revealed his office’s next Communications and Digital Directors.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Wolf slashes more than $6 billion from latest budget, releases some funds to schools, human service agencies
Capitolwire: Wolf conditionally approves EITC tax credits ahead of Tuesday’s budget announcement

Philadelphia
Inquirer: State Sen. Kitchen stepping down; a Street stepping up?
Inquirer: Reynolds Brown fined for campaign irregularities
Inquirer: Latest Pa. budget news is good for region’s schools – sort of
Inquirer: Kenney appoints spokeswoman, digital director
Inquirer: Keep pushing for L&I reform in 2016
WHYY Newsworks: Lashing out at lawmakers, Wolf sending billions to Pa. schools, social services
WHYY Newsworks: Philly councilwoman fined for campaign finance violations
WHYY Newsworks: Calling GOP budget ‘garbage,’ Wolf OKs partial funding to keep Pa. schools open

SEPA
Bucks County Courier-Times: Warminster authority eyes cost savings
Bucks County Courier-Times: Bucks County public libraries continue to expand offerings
Bucks County Courier-Times: Southampton-based attorney disbarred for mishandling estate funds
Bucks Local Times: Bucks County Commissioners approve no tax-increase $402 million budget for 2016
Bucks Local Times: State Rep. Scott Petri receives endorsement of former governor Mark Schweiker in his bid for Congress

Pittsburgh
KDKA: Burgettstown Superintendent worries about emergency funds from state
Tribune Review: Gov. Wolf vetoes Republican budget, will release funds for schools
Early Returns: Mon Valley man to challenge Daley in the 49th again
Early Returns: Pennsylvania’s almost kind of budget: What they said
Early Returns: Wolf to make announcement about GOP budget
Early Returns: Mon Valley businesswoman to challenge Daley in 49th
Pittsburgh Business Times: Here’s how much Pennsylvania legislators spent in 2014
Post-Gazette: Tax or free: What’s the impact of the two three-letter words?
Post-Gazette: Former New York Gov. George Pataki suspends presidential bid
WESA: Time to return to the basics for Attorney General Candidate Fawcett

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Budget stalemate costs Altoona Area School Districts $15M
Altoona Mirror: Voting precinct changes approved
Observer-Reporter: Governor’s budget decision draws mixed reactions
Observer-Reporter: Stocks rebound as US confidence improves and oil price rises

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Kaufer bill targeting welfare abuse becomes law
Pocono Record: Outgoing Philadelphia mayor: Deep poverty holding city back
Times Leader: Luzerne County Council passes two controversial initiatives
Times Leader: Hazleton’s new budget holds line on property taxes
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre credit rating revised, mayor stresses no downgrade

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: See what Wolf vetoed from the Pa. budget
Lancaster Intelligencer: Most prescription overdose patients getting back on same drugs
Patriot-News: #PaBudget reset: Does the state’s new stopgap budget provide relief? Yes. Closure? Not so much
Patriot-News: House Republicans see a tentative path forward on budget, if not pensions
Patriot-News: From lawmaker to law enforcer: Pa. Senator set to become judge in 2016
Patriot-News: Ex-Mayor Reed’s corruption case to be back in court next week
Carlisle Sentinel: Wolf vetoes parts of state budget but frees up school funding
York Dispatch: Local lawmakers: Wolf ‘lying’ about education funding
York Daily Record: Locals affected by budget impasse respond

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Phillipsburg council increases incoming mayor’s salary
Reading Eagle: Gov. Tom Wolf partially vetoes state budget, calls it ‘an exercise in stupidity’
Reading Eagle: Reading rejects bids for sewer plant project
Morning Call: Wolf’s partial budget veto provides emergency funding to schools, counties, social service agencies
Express Times: P’burg mayor rejects $23K, as new mayor’s salary is set
Express Times: Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls increase on Sunday

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Wolf to use line-item veto on proposed state budget
Centre Daily Times: Commissioners OK county budget amid state impasse
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Project Bald Eagle fills a gap in confronting crisis of heroin abuse
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: 2 legislators speak out on budget plans

Opinion
Inquirer: Paying what we’re getting
Inquirer: Death-penalty reprieve is warranted
Erie Times-News: Why EMTA needs countywide authority
Tribune Review: Obama’s clemencies: Serious questions
Post-Gazette: Hope springs India and Pakistan gain from an impromptu visit
Morning Call: Christopher Borick: Key elections make 2016 an intriguing political year
Lancaster Intelligencer: Court right to judge Eakin’s ‘private’ emails
Patriot-News: Six months too late, the real @AngryTomWolf finds his inner samurai

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: Wolf Signs Stop-Gap Budget With Punitive Line-Item Vetoes
Commonwealth Foundation: Wolf Misleads About Education “Cuts”
Keystone Crossroads: How parking rules can destroy walkability

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