7/1 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Toomey hits the airwaves, we ask our readers who they blame for the missed budget deadline and Wolf tries to reassure state employees. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Reader Poll: Who Do You Blame for Missing the Budget Deadline?: With the deadline approaching, we inquire into who the public will blame for the impasse.

PA-Sen: Toomey Releases First 2016 Campaign Ad (VIDEO): The Senator’s premiere commercial focuses his work to protect children from predators.

PA-BGT: Wolf Reassures Government Employees with Budget Crisis Looming: With the deadline closing in, the Governor pledged that state employees will continue to be paid.

Santorum to Keynote Gathering of Anti-SSM Group: The former Senator and presidential candidate will deliver the keynote address of the National Organization for Marriage gala.

Reader Poll: Pennsylvanians Overwhelmingly Approve of DePasquale: The Auditor General got some great numbers from our readers.

Farnese Named Ranking Member of Economic Development Committee: Sen. Farnese will represent the Democratic minority in the state’s Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Legislature makes history putting liquor, pension bills on Wolf’s desk
PLSReporter: What does a veto say?
PLSReporter: Scarnati gives latest on budget proposal (VIDEO)
PA Independent: Altered pension bill would save PA $11 billion over long term, analysis finds
State House Sound Bites: State-funded programs brace for a long wait

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia’s universal pre-K commission begins work
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Rogue’ clerk’s Pa. legal woes over same-sex marriage licenses coming to an end
WHYY Newsworks: Pennsylvania Senate to try again to outlaw LGBT discrimination
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Senate Sends Budget To Governor
Philadelphia Business Journal: Nutter signs use & lease agreement for PHL Airport
Inquirer: Bucks contractors sentenced for corruption
Inquirer: City Council’s summer recess: Too much of a good thing?
Inquirer: SRC adopts budget, but questions remain
CapitolInq: Booker endorses Hillary

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Confusion abounds over new Pa. law requiring clearances for volunteers
Bucks County Courier Times: Pope Francis’ Philadelphia itinerary for September released
Delco Daily Times: County seeks $5 million from state for storm recovery

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Port Authority riders weigh in on idea to charge for Connect Cards
Tribune-Review: W.Pa. economy gains momentum as employers increase hiring
Post-Gazette: Casey visits Pittsburgh to raise awareness of summer feeding programs
Post-Gazette: City Council, businesses at odds over South Side parking permit area
Post-Gazette: Councilman Dan Gilman wants license-plate reading technology for residential permits
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh considers new zoning district for Uptown
Early Returns: Toomey’s up with first ad
Pittsburgh Business Journal: ATI’s union contract set to expire at midnight
Pittsburgh Business Journal:DOL proposes extending overtime pay to more workers
WESA: State-Funded Programs Brace For A Long Wait
WESA: Upcoming Legislation Would Legalize Expanded Fireworks Sales In PA

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Several local legislators share harsh remarks about budget
Beaver County Times: Power plants must continue to comply with new EPA regulations despite murky future
Tribune-Democrat: Commissioners honor Somerset County employees
Tribune-Democrat: Pennsylvania initiates state-run fracking chemical database

NEPA
Times-Leader: Obama-backed overtime expansion could affect 200,000 Pennsylvania workers
Times-Leader: Luzerne County deficit rises to $16.2 million, draft audit shows
Times-Leader: Pa. Supreme Court will hear appeal in case of former public defender Al Flora vs. Luzerne County
News Item: Democrats Best, Zalar team up for fall commissioners’ race
Pocono Record: Luzerne County manager pledges audit draft delivery

South Central
Patriot News: Harrisburg City Council president cancels meeting scheduled for Tuesday night
Patriot News: Pope Francis to meet with inmates during Pennsylvania trip
York Daily Record: Lower tax rate coming for residents in Red Lion Area School District
Carlisle Sentinel: Recycling waste with biosolids
Carlisle Sentinel: Agriculture pollution reduction stagnates but plan is there for success
York Dispatch: York County rep.’s hotel tax bill passes Pa. House

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Double SNAP benefits available at some sites in Northampton County
Morning Call: Valley’s unemployment rate holds steady in May
Capitol Ideas: Pat Toomey airs first television ad
Reading Eagle: U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey talks to the Reading Eagle
Express Times: Northampton Generating bit to emit more lead the focus of hearing

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Phillipsburg hopes for extension of state grant deadline in Cold Stream Dam project
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Developer eyes former visitors center for possible restaurant
Erie Times-News: GE employees in Erie to vote on contract today
Erie Times-News: Regulators say Erie Coke Corp. in compliance

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Drugged state: Pennsylvania could do more to curb overdoses
Early Returns: Perry on Politics: Once lost, Obama now is found
Pottstown Mercury: Greece an example of living beyond your means
Daily Local News: Government waits to work until the end
Delco Daily Times: Health care reform must reduce high costs
Bucks County Courier Times: Feeble formula: Privatization lite
Centre Daily Times: Freeze State College school taxes
Patriot News: PennLive shouldn’t stifle healthy debate about topics such as gay marriage
Reading Eagle: Legislature should follow equitable subsidy proposal
Inquirer: Anti-discrimination bill’s time is now, Daryl
Inquirer: Come together to avoid shutdown
Inquirer: School funding formula will boost Pa. economy

Blogs
2 Political Junkies: John Oliver on Transgender Rights
Above Average Jane: Report on Pennsylvania Wage Theft
PA Budget & Policy Center: Backroom Republican Budget Scores ZERO On Voters’ Main Priorities
Commonwealth Foundation: Has Wolf Dropped His Unpopular Tax Demands?
Commonwealth Foundation: The Myth of the Modest Pension
Keystone Crossroads: Pennsylvania’s population becoming older, more diverse
Keystone Politics: Republicans Using Fiscal Code to Undermine DEP’s Authority to Regulate Oil and Gas Drilling
Citified: Will the Pope Shame City Hall Into Fixing Its Atrocious Prison Problem?
Citified: The Brief: Why No One in Philly Smokes Anymore

July 1st, 2015 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments

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