9/14 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Governor Wolf voted to ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin, Toomey dined with Trump and discussed tax reform, and our new reader poll asks where Amazon should put its new corpotate HQ.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Emily’s List Puts Pennsylvania State Senate and House Republicans ‘On Notice’: Emily’s List announced it is putting Pennsylvania state Senate and House Republicans onto its ‘On Notice’ list for 2018.

Wolf Votes to Ban Fracking in Delaware River Basin: Governor Tom Wolf joined the Governors of Delaware and New York in voting to ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin.

Reader Poll: Where Should Amazon Put Its New Corporate HQ?: Amazon announced it is looking to open a new corporate headquarters, and put a call out for cities to pitch themselves to them. So we want to know, should they put the new headquarters in Philadelphia or Pittsburgh?

Toomey Dines with Trump, Discusses Tax Reform: Senator Pat Toomey was one of ten Senators to have dinner with President Trump last night to discuss tax reform.

Industry News
The Republican National Committee announced Brittney Robinson will be heading up its efforts in Pennsylvania as the State Director.  Most recently Robinson was the Deputy Director for the RNC in the GA06 special election.  

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Pa. House narrowly passes a tax-free budget funding plan
State House Sound Bites: House cobbles together new budget plan, light on recurring dollars
StateImpact: DRBC takes a step toward banning fracking in Northeast Pa.
StateImpact: StateImpact Pennsylvania to expand its reach with grant from Corporation for Public Broadcasting
City & State: House GOP sends budget-funding plan to Senate
City & State: Fiedler candidacy a sign of South Philly’s changing demographics
Capitolwire: House GOP’s revenue plan wins approval.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Pa. senators propose health screenings near bases with tainted water
Inquirer: An ‘uncomfortable’ life: Philly still America’s poorest big city
Inquirer: Trump, top Democrats agree to work on deal to save Dreamers
Inquirer: Former judge to admit payments from Brady campaign, lawyer says
Inquirer: MIA at City Hall: Radios, laptops and other equipment
Inquirer: Pa. House approves budget plan Gov. Wolf calls ‘irresponsible’
WHYY: SRC begins school year with possibility of calling for its own end
WHYY: Challenger says Rep. Brady paid debt to get him out of 2012 race
WHYY: Pa. lawmaker again pushing for stronger protections against litigation meant to intimidate

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Sens. Bob Casey, Pat Toomey request more PFC tests as part of the federal defense authorization act
Bucks County Courier Times: House GOP looks to borrowing, no new taxes to plug deficit
Bucks County Courier Times: Controversy swirls around fracking ban proposal for Delaware River watershed
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown council delays adopting mural ordinance
Daily Local: Rep. Comitta to host Tele-Town Hall Sept. 20

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania budget limbo has ‘everybody on edge’: 5 things to know today
Tribune Review: Neither Pennsylvania senator backs Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-all plan
Post-Gazette: Pa. House passes budget plan that Gov. Wolf calls ‘irresponsible’
Post-Gazette: Census data show positive numbers for Pittsburgh’s economics and education
Post-Gazette: Charter schools spin off building ownership to nonprofits, reap money from quirk in state law
WPXI: Pa. House GOP OKs borrowing, no-new-taxes plan to plug deficit
City Paper: Sen. Pat Toomey’s reluctance to address his protesters appears to be fueling a progressive wave

Southwest
Beaver County Times: State senators urge Gov. Wolf to entice Amazon to western Pennsylvania
Altoona Mirror: Altoona leaves Act 47
Altoona Mirror: Officials: Reade supervisor tries to disband RTMA

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Task force targeted heroin, crack
Standard Speaker: Trump nominates Freed as new U.S. attorney
Times Leader: Toomey, Casey partnering on amendments to defense bill
Times Leader: Cartwright bill expands orthotic and prosthetic care for veterans
Times Tribune: Griffin Pond looking to partner with area veterans  

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: House GOP regroups around no-new-tax package to plug deficit
Carlisle Sentinel: State House GOP looks to borrowing, no new taxes to plug deficit
Carlisle Sentinel: American Indian group wants Columbus statue removed in Lancaster
LNP: Uninsured rate keeps dropping in Pennsylvania, Census says

Patriot News: Gas drilling company fulfills agreement, ending federal lawsuit over toxic wastewater spill
Patriot News: inspector general charges 73 with committing $281K in welfare fraud
Patriot News: House Republicans muscle through a revenue plan based largely on one-time fixes; could be reset for broader state budget negotiations
Patriot News: Altoona successfully eliminates distressed municipality status under Act 47
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf, General Assembly violating state’s balanced budget requirement: lawsuit
Patriot News: State House passes $2.2 billion special funds transfers and borrowing plan to fill Pennsylvania budget hole
Patriot News: How the House would raise $2.2 billion to balance the budget\
Central Pennsylvania Business Journal: Wolf: Pa. uninsured rate lowest on record

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Regulators take step to ban Delaware River gas fracking
Morning Call: Municipalities reject sharing sewer costs
Reading Eagle: Pa. House passes GOP’s no-new-taxes borrowing package
Reading Eagle: Uninsured rate keeps dropping in Pennsylvania, Census says
WFMZ: Pennsylvania’s flags to fly half-staff to honor Rep. McNeill

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Patton Township discusses regulating special events on public property
Sun Gazette: Porter Township plans to keep regional police
Clearfield Progress: Wolf announces decrease in state’s uninsured rate
Erie Times-News: State GOP plan keeps Erie schools money

Opinion
Inquirer: How Equifax is getting off easy after being hacked by ID thieves
Inquirer: Social insecurity: You and me and the Equifax breach
Inquirer: Govs. Corbett and Rendell: Reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard will save refinery jobs in Pa.
Inquirer: For a low-carbon future, nuclear energy must be part of the mix
Bucks County Courier Times: EDITORIAL: GOP control gets no results
Tribune Review: Luring Amazon’s 2nd HQ: Benefits vs. taxpayer costs
Tribune Review: ObamaCare’s bitter pill
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania’s gambling problem
Patriot News: A welcome cease fire between Papenfuse, Civil War Museum | Editorial
Patriot News: The media gets the opioid crisis wrong. This is the truth | Opinion
LNP: Shrinking of immunization grace period caused some issues for schools, but it still was the right call

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