3/10 Morning Buzz

The official census data is out, and it confirms recent estimates and expectations. Pittsburgh and southwestern PA are losing population, while the Philadelphia suburbs, south central PA and the Lehigh Valley are growing.

Interest groups continue to react to Governor Corbett’s budget proposal, and those on the sharp side of the gov’s cuts are raising a ruckus. The state’s colleges and universities are already calling “catastrophe.”

And the DEP rushed to dispute a New York Times report that Marcellus wastewater could radioactive. Now, some are claiming that the DEP’s numbers are weak or outright false. Water aside, everyone agrees that the issue is politically radioactive.

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the buzz.

PoliticsPA Reports

PA Census Data Released
We’ll have more analysis as the week goes by, but for the time being, take in this beautiful new map.

Pa. Census Results: Overall Population Increase, Decrease in Number of Congressional Seats
Results of the 2010 Census are in, and the population of Pennsylvania has a few notable statistics worth bragging about. Overall, the population of Pennsylvania increased about 3.4% leaving the total number of people living in Pennsylvania at around 12,702,329.

Public Universities Take Major Hit, K-12 Backslides Under Corbett Budget
Public universities take a major hit, and K-12 education slips under Gov. Corbett’s new budget proposal. Administrators are reeling over the changes and struggling to find ways to make up for the cuts.

Environmentalists Critical, But See Silver Lining in Gov. Corbett’s Budget
Governor Tom Corbett’s budget left environmentalists with mixed feelings, mostly negative. Criticisms over the lack of a severance tax abounded, but they were relieved that Corbett’s budget doesn’t rely on income from leasing more state land for drilling.

DEP Hits Back Against NYT Radioactivity Claims
The Department of Environmental Protection wasted no time disproving the allegations of a recent New York Times article regarding possible water contamination in Pennsylvania. Good news for Pennsylvanians: our water is not radioactive.

DiCicco DROPs Out of Philly Race; Petitions are in
Four term city councilman Frank DiCicco announced on Sunday that he will not run for a fifth term because of the difficulty of another tough campaign, drastically changing the tone of the race.

Medaglia Pro-Life Campaign Fliers Found in Church Bulletins
Democrats at the St. John Baptist de la Salle Catholic church received an unpleasant surprise when they opened up their bulletins on Sunday. Inside? Pro-life fliers for Republican State Senate candidate Larry Medaglia, complete with the “Paid for by Friends of Larry Medaglia” disclaimer.

Headlines
Fox Philadelphia: Penn State Threatens to Close Campuses
Heard in the Hall: Rep. Fattah Changes Up DC Staff
Daily News: Big Budget Cuts? We Smell Gas
Inquirer: Protesters occupy former Gov., Marcellus lobbyist Tom Ridge’s office
Beaver County Times: Dueling rallies on abortion at Altmire’s office
Morning Call: Weed and Seed community program, once championed Corbett, gets the budget axe
Tribune-Review: Did A Member Of The Orie Family Break a Gag Order?
Fox Philadelphia: Is Film Tax Credit Good For Taxpayers?
Daily News: Mayor Nutter Will Face Another Street In the Democratic Primary for Mayor
Tribune-Review: Washington County Judge to Hold Hearing on Contempt Allegations Against the County Commissioner For Failing to Reassess Properties
Tribune-Review: Ridership Is Up At Pittsburgh International Airport
Early Returns: Flaherty again denies he’s dropping
Patriot-News: Harrisburg prepares for options under Act 47, bankruptcy with help of Cravath, Swaine, & Moore memorandum
Delaware County Times: Former Mayor Paula Brown to Run for Darby Borough Council
Times-Tribune: Scranton City Council Responds to Court Decision, Acts on Legislation
Post-Gazette: Penn State warns of Closures
Inquirer: Philly schools: layoffs coming
Inquirer: PHA took luxury trips to discuss city’s poorest
Inquirer: Pa.’s Marcellus wastewater stats are flawed
Citizens’ Voice:  County council candidate threatened former district attorney
Times-Tribune: Minority population helps Lackawanna post first gain in 80 years
The Morning Call: Drastic restructuring seen at Penn. State

Opinions

John Baer, Daily News: Of pins and pains: Corbett gave us exactly what we voted for
State Rep. Scott Conklin: Questions for our new governor
Tribune Review Editorial: Corbett budget just a start; let the whining begin
Young Philly Politics: We Lay Waste Our Powers: What Gov. Corbett’s Destruction of Temple University Will Cost All of Us
Post-Gazette Editorial: Matter of trust: Gas drillers must let EPA assess the risk
Karen Heller, Inquirer: Corbett offers a smooth speech and deep cuts
Times Leader Editorial: Corbett’s cuts come at a cost
Citizens’ Voice:  Our voice: Budget proposal found lacking
Times-Tribune Editorial:  Corbett plan eats state’s seed corn

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