5/30 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsThe budget battle officially begins as House Republicans unveil their plan, and a new candidate joins the race for Congress in PA-13. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PA-13: Margolies Is In: Former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky will run for Congress. She represented this district for one term in the 1990s

House GOP Budget Spends Less than Corbett’s, Backs Off Liquor and Pensions: House Republicans released their budget proposal Wednesday. It spends less than Gov. Corbett proposed, and leaves out his plans for liquor privatization and pension reform.

Hanger Unveils Jobs Plan: Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hanger unveiled his jobs plan Wednesday in the Capitol rotunda.

Taylor Elected Philly GOP Chair: Rep. John Taylor was unanimously elected to serve as Chair of the GOP City Committee, ending a three year internal battle within the party.

Jimmy Carter Visits NEPA: A little rain didn’t keep hundreds of people away from the Wyoming Monument Tuesday afternoon to see Jimmy Carter, nor could it dampen the spirits of the large crowd huddled under the tent listening to the former president speak.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: State Senate pension hearing offers few answers
State House Sound Bites: House GOP unveil $28.3 billion spending plan
PA Independent: Unions say no changes needed as $47 billion unfunded liability grows
Capitolwire: Sen. Wozniak considering a run for lieutenant governor
Capitolwire: Some of Dem Gov hopeful Hanger’s job proposal already on deck
Capitolwire: Dem Gov challengers would opt into Medicaid expansion, but differ on CHIP
Standard Speaker: Rep. seeks to lower human service cuts
AP: GOP budget spends less than Corbett’s
Citizens Voice: House GOP unveils its state budget

Philadelphia
Inquirer: New chief operating officer for Philly school district
Inquirer: Margolies to run for Congress, attempt comeback
PhillyClout: City Council advances bill to tax cigarettes
Heard in the Hall: Budget Process Heating Up; Bills Moving in Council
Heard in the Hall: State Rep. John Taylor picked as city Republican chairman
Heard in the Hall: Bars, restaurants mobilizing against liquor tax
WHYY Newsworks: Gerry Lenfest: School budget cuts would hurt Philly’s economy
Phillynow.com: Koch Brothers moving into Philly?
Phillynow.com: Pennsylvania’s ‘Heat and Eat’ initiative could be cut in the farm bill
CBS Philly: Mayor Disputes Controller’s Report on Philadelphia Police Cam Failures
CBS Philly: Montco Announces One-Week Amnesty For Child Support Deadbeats
CBS Philly: Sentencing Postponed For Gosnell Abortion Clinic Employees

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: SEPTA to shut down Norristown High Speed Line in July
Philadelphia Inquirer: Philly’s counterpart to Ellis Island to be a park
AP: Pa. pension debate heats up at hearing
Daily Local: (UPDATE) Chesco judge rules against Phoenixville Area School District in $2.8M lawsuit

Pittsburgh
KDKA: State Rep. White Accused Of Attacking Shale Supporters Online
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh school board OKs homestead exclusion for 2014
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools denies application for charter school on Mount Washington
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public school principals believe evaluations are helping teachers to improve
Early Returns: Hanger unveils PA jobs plan
Tribune-Review: Environmentalists push Alcosan for details on eliminating sewage overflows
Tribune-Review:Penn Hills Democratic committeeman acquitted of attacking and harassing man

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Ambridge laying off teachers, raising tax
Beaver County Times: West Allegheny approves 2013-14 proposed budget
Observer Reporter: Transportation study finds nearly half of region’s roads, bridges in poor shape
Observer Reporter: Pa. House GOP rolls out state budget proposal
Observer Reporter: Landlord-attorney takes city to court over rental ordinance
Observer Reporter: West Liberty initiative to focus on energy issues
Observer Reporter: Post-election fallout: Manning’s attorney contacts GOP lawyer
Tribune-Democrat: Project will alter Main St.
Altoona Mirror: Former APD officer receives jail time

South Central
AP: State offers $10M in natural gas vehicle incentives
Patriot-News: Report highlights Pennsylvania’s transportation problems
Patriot-News: Harrisburg leaders fighting for $2M in threatened Capitol fire funding – and then some
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle Borough sets timeline implementing retail study recommendations
York Daily Record: York County police want radar; state legislators want to make that happen
York Daily Record: York City Council talks contracts, delays fire box discussion

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Hazleton Housing Authority reappoints Gennaro as chairman
Standard Speaker: Hazel Twp. authority dedicates new offices
Standard Speaker: Luzerne election results not official until next week
Standard Speaker: Luzerne council demands review of primary election
Wayne Independent: Workforce Wayne explains initiatives
Wayne Independent: Officials hopeful of legislation
Pocono Record: Two more Pocono Mountain schools to close
Pocono Record: Sheriff deputy accused of leaking confidential permit heads to trial
News Item: Tie-breakers to determine one SASB nomination, Kulpmont GOP mayoral nod
Citizens Voice: County council denounces election errors
Citizens Voice: 32 furloughed Tunkhannock teachers to be reinstated
Times Tribune: Audit finds NEIU discrepancies; board takes corrective actions
Times Tribune: Rogan, Wechsler, Gaughan stake claim to Republican council nominations
Times Tribune: Scranton School Board debates redrawing boundaries
Times Tribune: 32 furloughed Tunkhannock teachers to be reinstated
Times Leader: No county action on vote expected
Times Leader: Pa.’s bad roads costly to drivers
Times Leader: Solicitor Pedri may represent Griffith

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Suspended Northampton County sheriff deputy to face trial in alleged leak
Morning Call: Allentown council tables clean air ballot question after solicitor pans proposal
Reading Eagle: Jobless rates fall in Reading, Berks County
Reading Eagle: Budget grind in city schools taxing patience
WFMZ: Report: Pa. road conditions costing you money
WFMZ: Local congressman hits the streets of Reading
Express Times: Lehigh Valley schools get $60,000 in grants for hybrid learning programs

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Casey: Energy independence within reach
Erie Times: Erie School Board to vote on proposed budget Thursday
Erie Times: Union plans rally outside GE Transportation
Erie Times: Erie County’s unemployment rate falls to 7.5 percent

Opinions
Baer Growls: The trouble with Tom
Reading Eagle: Don Spatz: Finally, mayor stops campaigning
York Daily Record: Our take: Dueling discrimination from York County GOP, Dems

Blogs
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Bethlehem Planners Cancel Meeting Due to … Poor Planning
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: One-Third of Lehigh Valley Bridges Need Repairs

May 30th, 2013 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments