5/30 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Corbett gets a boost from the RGA, Rep. Dent comes out for same-sex marriage and the DCCC buys time in the fall in the Philadelphia media market. Check back later today for Ups & Downs. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PA-Gov: RGA Ad Promotes Corbett’s Energy Policy (VIDEO): The RGA has released a new web commercial that champions Gov. Corbett’s ability to create jobs related to Marcellus Shale drilling.

DCCC Reserves $1.9 Million for PA-6 and PA-8 Races: The Democratic campaign committee bought time in the fall to focus on the Southeast PA congressional elections.

Dent Backs Same-Sex Marriage: Rep. Charlie Dent declared his support for same-sex marriage on Wednesday, making him the third Republican in the U.S. House to do so.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Hybrid pension proposal could save PA pension plans more than $11 billion, says employee retirement commission
State House Sound Bites: State pension beat: of debt and design changes
State House Sound Bites: Budget talks begin as revenue shortfall gets wider
PA Independent: Pension overhaul could save $11B over 30 years but offers no immediate relief
StateImpact: No matter how you spell it, fracking stirs controversy

Philadelphia
Heard in the Hall: Labor Leader Urges Butkovitz to Run
PhillyClout: City Commission employee in trouble again for political activity
The Inquirer: SRC will snub city charter, passes on budget
The Inquirer: Controller doubts arithmetic in PGW sale
The Inquirer: Adcock says he would donate House salary if elected
The Inquirer: Undocumented immigrants seek Pa. drivers licenses
The Inquirer: Insider explains ‘consideration’ in Traffic Court
WHYY Newsworks: Three-city protest questions Pa. governor’s gifts
WHYY Newsworks: Ruling allows expert testimony on reliability of eyewitness ID

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Editorial prompts plan to make Pottstown appointments more open
Pottstown Mercury: Corbett backs hybrid public pension proposal
The Intelligencer: Central Bucks teachers union: We seek 4.8% raise, not 16%
Delco Daily Times: Vitali leads attack on Corbett for gas drilling expansion
Daily Local News: West Chester school board member resigns
Daily Local News: Powelson steps down from energy advocacy group
Daily Local News: West Chester School Board adopts 2014-15 budget
Bucks Local News: Governor Tom Corbett joins educational leaders, students in Bucks County to advocate ‘Ready to Succeed’ scholarship program

Pittsburgh
Urban Media Today: Dr. Donna Micheaux appointed deputy superintendent of Pittsburgh public schools
Early Returns: Murphy looks to help mentally ill
Post-Gazette: Injunction sought to block additional drilling under Pennsylvania parks and forests
Pittsburgh Business Times: PNC, Citizens under investigation by U.S. Attorney’s office in foreclosure fee probe
Pittsburgh Business Times: Strip District designated National Historic District

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Official touts new VA site
Observer-Reporter: Trinity, Kasunich reach separation agreement
Beaver County Times: Subcontractor of Veterans bridge could face legal issues
Beaver County Times: Beaver, Lawrence counties get $1 million in EPA brownfield grants
Beaver County Times: ‘Be relentless’ is lesson learned at education hearing
Beaver County Times: Union reps: New federal rules means female guards favored
Altoona Mirror: Residents skeptical of water systems plan

NEPA
News Item: Shamokin to seek $1.2 million loan through Act 47 program
Times-Tribune: Honesdale council airs dirty laundry it sought to hide
The Times Leader: Wyoming Area proposed final budget would increase taxes
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton unemployment rate drops for the month of April
Citizens Voice: Court hears request to block drilling
Standard Speaker: Councilman on storm water fee: ‘Appeal, appeal, appeal’
Standard Speaker: W. Hazelton to petition to exit act 47 status
Pocono Record: Pocono Mountain superintendent gets $50,000 raise

South Central
The Sentinel: Cumberland County finances improve, but deficits remain
The Patriot-News: Senate panel to consider bills seeking to downsize Pa. Legislature
The Patriot-News: If no one objects, judge will approve asset transfer from Second Mile to the cash-strapped company that runs its programs
York Daily Record: Contractor takes on Dover Sewer Authority over money
York Dispatch: Former York County candidate files complaint about ‘fictitious’ mailers
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Bill would allow illegal immigrants to get Pa. drivers’ licenses
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Money for school construction absent in Corbett budget
Lebanon Daily News: Rep. Jim Gerlach pushes for action on VA problems

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Corbett: No interest in adding natural gas tax
Reading Eagle: Reading Area Water Authority shakes up leadership, but makes no move to disband
Reading Eagle: Commissioners OK ordinance to prohibit so-called project labor agreements
Express Times: Lehigh County extends health benefits to same-sex spouses

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Judge weighs motion to try Erie fugitive Akerly
Onward State: Rodney Erickson Recognized by Congressman Glenn Thompson

Opinion
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A drill too far: Corbett takes protection away from sensitive lands
The Sentinel: Test time fast approaches
The Patriot-News:State-owned forests already host plenty of gas drilling
The Times Leader: Our Opinion: Proposed changes to Luzerne County charter not so compelling- Jack
Citizens Voice: Who stacked the deck against state casinos?
Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Obama late again in stepping up on VA crisis
WHYY Newsworks: No matter how you spell it, fracking stirs controversy
Pottstown Mercury: EDITORIAL: Toomey bill would bring accountability for neglecting veterans
Delco Daily Times: Letter: Region shouldn’t tolerate F grade when it comes to air quality

Blogs
The Pennsylvania Progressive: Rep. Fleck Dethroned From GOP, Takes Dem Nomination
Keystone Politics: #PA15: Fix the Debt Gives Fiscal Arsonist Charlie Dent a “Fiscal Hero” Award
Keystone State Education Coalition: Keystone Exams: Pa. bill would end plans for mandatory graduation tests
Commonwealth Foundation: Use School Reserves to Fund Pensions
Above Average Jane: Damsker Asks for Debate
Above Average Jane: Thanks Note from Jack Hansen

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