2/27 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6The GOP accuses Wolf of flip-flopping on taxes, White scores some surprising labor endorsements in the HD-170 special election and we take a deep-dive into last year’s results in PA-8. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Republicans Angry with Wolf Over Reports of Sales Tax Hike: State GOP leaders are furious at the prospect Wolf will flip-flop on a sales tax increase in next week’s budget proposal.

HD-170: Martina White Scores Major Labor Endorsements: The GOP nominee in the special election announced the support of over a dozen unions.

PA-8: A Look at 2014 and What It Means for 2016: An in-depth look at last November’s results in the context of next year’s contenders.

PA-15: Rep. Dent Criticizes His Party’s Tactics: The moderate Republican is unhappy with how his party is operating and fears backlash from voters.

MontCo Republicans Endorse Candidates for County Positions: Endorsements for County Commissioner caused conflict during the party’s convention Wednesday.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: House Votes to Phase Out Liquor Stores
PA Independent: Wolf Wants to Cut Corporate Tax but Doesn’t Say How He’ll Replace Revenue
StateImpactPA: Report: Pennsylvania’s Effective Tax Rate on Drillers Is Declining
StateImpactPA: Senator Casey Tells Obama Administration to Speed Up Rail Safety Initiative
PLS Reporter: House-Passed Liquor Bill Likely to Change
PLS Reporter: Capitol Quick Hits for 2.26.15
Capitolwire: House Approves Liquor Bill, Again, Sets Budget Negotiating Marker
Capitolwire: Pennsylvania’s Keystone Problem

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal: Design on Pennovation Center Gets Approval From Penn Beard
The Inquirer: Wolf Says He Has Found $109 Million in Projected Savings
The Inquirer: Pa. House Again Passes Plan to Sell Off State Stores
The Inquirer: City Council Puts Three Questions to Voters
The Inquirer: Document Requirement for Non-Profits Under Fire
The Inquirer: Supreme Court Denies Rep. Cherelle Parker’s DUI Appeal
The Inquirer: Why Did Street Sign Kenney’s Petition?
The Inquirer: Mayoral Candidates’ Questionnaire Blunders
KYW Newsradio: Error Dropped Security Image From Pennsylvania Licenses

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Pottsgrove School Board May Ax Senior Project as Graduation Requirement
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown Reacts to MCCC On-Campus Housing News
Pottstown Mercury: Berks County Commissioners Seek $500,000 Gain Through Investments
Bucks County Courier Times: PA Senator Wants Ban on ‘Multiple Copays’
Bucks County Courier Times: Congressman Fitzpatrick’s Bill Won’t Free Cloistered Kids
Bucks Local News: Newtown Democrats Screen Candidates for May Primary; Position of District Judge Draws Biggest Attention at Meeting
Bucks Local News: Northampton Township To Apply for Green Region Grant to Spruce Up Iron Works Creek Park

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: PA House Passes Liquor System Privatization Bill
Tribune-Review: North Allegheny, Teachers OK Early Bird Contract
Tribune-Review: Rubiak Announces Bid for City Controller
Pittsburgh Business Times: Beaver County needs Infrastructure Improvements, Local Officials say

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: AP: PA House Sends Liquor, Wine Bill to Senate
Beaver County Times: East Liverpool Voids Contract with the Midland School District
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Deepens Diversity Efforts
Beaver County Times: Baden Tax Collector Resigns Amid Investigation

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Riverside Teachers Plan to Strike Monday
Times-Tribune: Crowd Jeers as DEP Talks about not Finding ‘Malodors’ at Keystone Landfill
Times-Tribune: More Information Needed after Landfill Meeting, Attendees say
Times-Leader: WB Council Approves Downtown Bar’s Expansion, Rejects Request for Tax Amnesty
Times-Leader: Luzerne County Government Detects Error on Some Employees’ W-2 Tax Forms

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: Mauree Gingrich’s bill to prep disabled students for work force advances
Lebanon Daily News: Congressman Charlie Dent holds hearing on military quality life issues
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: What 5 former Pa. governors pushed in their 1st budgets
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Supreme Court decision could end health insurance subsidies for thousands here
York Dispatch: Pa. House passes liquor privatization bill, Yorkers for, against
York Dispatch: York County commissioners OK aerial photographs for map
York Daily Record: Saylor introduces bill to give tax break to investors in early stage companies
York Daily Record: PA House passes liquor privatization bill
Harrisburg Patriot News: Liquor privatization passes Pa. House
Harrisburg Patriot News: Legislation would fine Pa. drivers who don’t clear snow, ice from vehicles
Harrisburg Patriot News: Coalition’s proposed school funding formula comes with $9 billion price tag
Harrisburg Patriot News: House Republicans focused on ‘full privatization’ of liquor
Harrisburg Patriot News: Tavern games too much of a gamble for many bar owners, lawmakers told
Harrisburg Patriot News: Legislator seeks to outlaw female genital mutilation in Pennsylvania

Lehigh Valley
Express-Times: Pennsylvania medical marijuana hearing touches on tracking, delivery, concerns and support
Express-Times: Nazareth mayor, police could spread news through Nixle.com, council says
Express-Times: Whitehall Township Mayor Ed Hozza Jr. will seek third term
Express-Times: South Whitehall commissioners appoint new township manager
WFMZ: Lehigh County Authority chair not reappointed by commissioners
WFMZ: Cedarbrook advisory team created by county commissioners
WFMZ: Senator says proposal could ease Pennsylvania petition crisis
WFMZ: Pennsylvania House passes Eileen’s Law, sends it to Senate
Morning Call: Lehigh commissioners boot two from Lehigh County Authority Board
Morning Call: Muller: No tax hike in Lehigh County next year
Morning Call: PA House votes to dismantle and sell state liquor store system
Morning Call: Hozza running for re-election in Whitehall

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Supervisors open district for more businesses
Centre Times Daily: Philipsburg-Osceola plans to keep taxes steady

Opinion
Tribune-Review: A Dubious deal
Post-Gazette: Don’t Trash Recycling
Reading Eagle: How much we eat is just as important as what we eat
Altoona Mirror: We Must Stay Wary of Mirror
Bucks County Courier Times: Police Hit Contract Jackpot
Philly.com: Pa. is In Dire Need of Property Tax Reform
PA Independent: SRC Taking Teachers to Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Blogs
Citified: Inside Take: What to Expect from Mayor Nutter’s Last Budget
Citified: Heavy Hitters on Jim Kenney’s New Policy Team
Citified: The Mayoral Candidates Are Short on Ideas, so Citified Is Here to Help
Citified: How and Why States Bigfoot Their Cities
Citified: The Brief: Who Will the Philly Teachers Union Support for Mayor?
Keystone Crossroads: Capitol Recap: What Harrisburg’s Parking Situation Means for the Rest of Pennsylvania
Keystone Crossroads: Judge Blocks Harrisburg Gun Laws as Three Cities Take Aim at New Pa. Law
Commonwealth Foundation: Talk of Severance Tax Reduces Drilling
Commonwealth Foundation: A School for the City, Not a Fortress from the City
2 Political Junkies: The Party of Stupid, Revisited

February 27th, 2015 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 2 Comments

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  2. Gleason says:

    Only Republicans like Tom Corbett are allowed to break their word on taxes. When Republicans do it, it’s ok. When Democrats do it, tar and feather.

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