5/31 PoliticsPA Playbook

House Dems and Republicans expect a quick budget process, and Wagner calls for 67 debates before the November general election.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Both Parties Expect Quick Budget Process in House: With the June 30th budget deadline a month away, both Democrats and Republicans in the state House believe this year’s budget process will be quick.

Wagner Calls for 67 Debates, Wolf Calls it a “Political Gimmick”: Republican Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner called for a debate in each of the states 67 counties, a move Governor Tom Wolf’s campaign called a “political gimmick.”

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Despite lack of progress, higher min. wage advocates see some bright spots
State House Sound Bites: Scott Wagner exiting Senate to focus on gubernatorial bid
State House Sound Bites: PA takes first steps toward regulating legal sports betting
City & State: Emails: Kenney staff worked with groups to shut down soda tax hearing

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Philly Councilwoman Cindy Bass has another plan to raise money for the schools: Cut city budget
Inquirer: Pa. Sen. Scott Wagner resigning his seat to focus on governor’s race
Inquirer: Onetime top Pa. prosecutor pleads guilty to corruption
Philly Mag: Philly’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Is Officially Open in Fishtown
WHYY: Pa. takes first steps toward regulating legal sports betting
WHYY: Progressives gain in Philly’s Democratic Party organization
WHYY: Examining political strategy of ‘divide and conquer’ in Hazleton, Pa.
KYW: Pa. gaming regulators move to set up sports betting

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Pa. gaming board opens door for casinos to seek sports betting certificates
Bucks County Courier Times: Sen. Pat Toomey asks EPA researchers to stop in Bucks while developing plan to deal with PFAS
Delco Times: McGarrigle, Killion hold economic roundtable with chairman of Senate Appropriations Committee
Delco Times: Dinniman vows to fight Sunoco’s appeal of pipelines shutdown
Delco Times: GOP Sen. Scott Wagner resigns post to focus on Pa. governor race

Pittsburgh
WTAE: Pennsylvania Sen. Scott Wagner to resign Senate seat, focus on ‘aggressive campaign’ for governor
Post-Gazette: Sen. Scott Wagner resigning his seat to focus on governor’s race
Post-Gazette: Peoples weighing new water plant to serve Pittsburgh, Mayor Bill Peduto says
Post-Gazette: Port Authority to begin overhaul of light-rail vehicles this fall
Post-Gazette: As construction booms, merger grows carpenters union clout in Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Former Bedford County District Attorney pleads guilty to corruption
WPXI: Gubernatorial candidate quitting Pa. Senate to focus on campaign
Tribune Review: Scott Wagner resigns from state Senate to focus on Pennsylvania governor’s race

Southwest
Herald-Standard: Westmoreland County to go after state, federal disaster funding following rainy months
Beaver County Times: Bernstine wins state House Democratic nod via write-in campaign
Beaver County Times: Allegheny Health Network breaks ground on $20 million cancer center behind mall
Altoona Mirror: Higgins pleads guilty to all charges

NEPA
Times Leader: Toomey, Casey divided over anti-newsprint tariff bill
Times Leader: WB General nurses set to strike Thursday
Times-Tribune: Local developer offers Scranton School District cost savings

South Central
Press & Journal: Mehaffie optimistic state lawmakers will act in time to save Three Mile Island and other nuclear plants
Carlisle Sentinel: Wagner floats 67-county debate tour, but Wolf isn’t biting
Patriot News: One year later: Officials still torn over whether to save TMI from shut down
Patriot News: Scott Wagner to resign from Senate to focus on bid to be Pa.’s next governor
Patriot News: Former Pa. DA accused of tipping off drug dealers in exchange for sex
Patriot News: Judge hits ex-Pa. House Speaker John Perzel with new $1M restitution order on corruption convictions
Patriot News: Toomey calls for tighter Medicare, Medicaid monitoring of opioids
WHTM: Scott Wagner resigns from state senate
LNP: Salaries, perks and bonuses for Lancaster County’s 17 superintendents
LNP: Senate passes legislation by Ryan Aument targeting effectiveness of standardized tests

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Mifflin students recognized for voter registration efforts
WFMZ: New tariff forces newspapers to cut back on employees, pages
Morning Call: State Sen. Scott Wagner to resign to campaign full time for governor
Morning Call: Charlie Dent signs on with international law firm
Reading Eagle: Toomey, Casey disagree on tariff remedy PRINT Act

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Mental health issues stand out at Erie school safety meeting
Erie Times-News: Toomey backs suspension of newsprint tariff
WICU: Mental health leads school safety forum with state, local leaders
WICU: Wagner to resign State Senate seat to focus on governor’s race

Opinion
Inquirer: Billions of your tax dollars feed growing school reserve funds | John Baer
Inquirer: Pennsylvania courts should clean their own house | Editorial
Inquirer: Don’t nuke consumers’ wallets by bailing out uncompetitive power plants | Opinion
Tribune Review: Roseanne deserved to be dumped
Post-Gazette: The case of Roseanne: Her rants create a ‘teaching moment.’ What to learn?
Patriot News: Wolf and Wagner need to be specific in plans to help the environment | Opinion
Patriot News: Congress needs to work with boroughs, towns to rebuild our infrastructure | Opinion
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Reading agency should cease pointless court battle

May 31st, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | 1 Comment

One thought on “5/31 PoliticsPA Playbook”

  1. Patrick Henry, the 2nd says:

    Kenney is terrible. Not surprised he helped organize the silencing of the hearing on the soda tax. Can’t wait for the courts to strike that down.

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