10/19 PoliticsPA Playbook

Houlahan announces her fundraising totals for the third quarter, Christiana starts rolling out endorsements, and the House passed another revenue package centered around account transfers, borrowing, and accounting tricks.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Houlahan Raises $378K in 3rd Quarter: Democratic Congressional candidate Chrissy Houlahan announced she raised $378,000 during the third quarter in her bid to challenge Congressman Ryan Costello.

Christiana Starts Rolling Out Endorsements in Senate Bid: State Representative Jim Christiana is starting to roll out endorsements from fellow state House members for his U.S. Senate bid.

House Passes New Revenue Package With Its Future Uncertain: Tuesday night the state House passed another revenue package in an attempt to balance the budget. The plan, which relies on transfers, borrowing, and accounting tricks, faces an uncertain future in the state Senate and with Governor Tom Wolf.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: House budget plan is universally disliked, but maybe the only option
State House Sound Bites: Gas tax passes House committee, may hit a wall before floor vote
StateImpact: Al Gore: We’re Getting Close to Bipartisan Action on Climate
City & State: House Finance Committee advances natural gas severance tax legislation
City & State: Celebrating City & State PA’s inaugural 50 Over Fifty
Capitolwire: House returns Public School Code bill to Senate with changes.
Capitolwire: House sends Administrative Code bill to Gov. Wolf for his expected signature.
Capitolwire: House’s revenue plan might be the only way for PA’s budget to ‘get done,’ suggests Senate Majority Leader Corman.
Capitolwire: House Finance Committee approves severance tax bill.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Delco man guilty of immigration fraud in ‘Jungle Jabbah’ war crimes case
Inquirer: Which Philly neighborhoods are prospering and which are not?
Inquirer:  Could latest Pa. budget plan be as good as it gets?
Inquirer: Jerry Sandusky denied new trial on child sex abuse charges
Inquirer: South Philly rec center closed due to structural problems
WHYY: U.S. Senator Coons questions AG Sessions about Wilmington crime
WHYY: Pa. lawmakers angle for tens of billions in federal restitution
WHYY: ‘My initial reaction was panic’: #MeToo campaign creator on continuing the sexual assault conversation  
Philly Voice: Chester County students engrave pumpkins with swastikas, racist symbols  
Philly Voice: Lawsuit forces Philly neighborhood group to temporarily cease operations
Philly Voice: Report: Lockdown lifted at Philly high school; no evidence of gunshots
KYW: SEPTA To Hold Another Round Of Public Meeting On King Of Prussia Rail Project
KYW: Pa. Senate Leader: No Immediate Vote On House Revenue Plan  

SEPA
Daily Local: Wolf selects Comitta to serve on Pa. Comission for Women
Bucks County Courier Times: State awards $11.5M to Warminster for water filters
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County commissioners approve more than $100,000 in bridge contracts
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County Rep. Gene DiGirolamo’s severance tax proposal clears committee
Bucks County Courier Times: Yardley woman announces congressional primary campaign to challenge Brian Fitzpatrick

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Bob Casey, Pat Toomey meet with Trump to talk about GOP tax plan
Post-Gazette: Hours after trashing Democrats on taxes, Trump says he wants their help on a tax bill
Post-Gazette: Harrisburg hopes an end to four-month stalemate is in sight
Post-Gazette: Pa. state system universities lose enrollment for 7th year in a row
Post-Gazette: Spokesman: Peduto’s name allowable on plaque detailing new Greenfield Bridge
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania’s U.S. senators see Trump’s tax cut plan differently
Tribune Review: Trump can’t undo progress on climate change, Gore tells Pittsburgh crowd
Tribune Review: Two candidates seeking O’Hara 2nd Ward council seat
Tribune Review: Two candidates vie for one Richland Board of Supervisors seat
KDKA: Sen. Casey Confronts President Trump Over Tax Cuts For The Rich
KDKA: Natural Gas Production Tax Gets Life In Pennsylvania House
WTAE: Pennsylvania cities try to lure Amazon, touting bikes, food

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Toomey call for quick budget vote while Casey says GOP tax plan is ‘giveaway to the rich’
Beaver County Times: Commissioners punt until next week on unresolved Beaver County budget issues
Beaver County Times: Highmark’s Allegheny Health Network announces $1B expansion  
Beaver County Times: House committee approves drilling tax bill, Bernstine says it will ‘crush jobs’
WJAC: Highmark’s Allegheny Health Network announces $1B expansion
Observer-Reporter: Natural gas production tax gets life in Pennsylvania House
Daily American: College tuition expected to rise

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Boback among 13 commission appointees
Times Leader: Pittston OKs three payments for streetscape work
Times-Tribune: County resolution calls for repeal of federal drug law
Times-Tribune: Cummings calls for feasibility study on privatizing county prison

South Central
Patriot News: Halting progress continues on Pa. budget front as exasperation grows
Patriot News: ‘That’s not the Tom Marino I know,’ Rep. Lou Barletta says of embattled colleague
Patriot News: Pa. health systems get $4 million to provide medicine and therapy to people addicted to heroin, painkillers
Patriot News: Harrisburg to submit proposal to Amazon Thursday
Patriot News: Pa. House passes budget balancing plan; no finality in sight yet
LNP: Jerry Sandusky denied new trial on child sex abuse charges
LNP:  ‘We walk because they walk’ CROP walk raises money for the hungry in Lancaster and worldwide
LNP: Forum for Manheim Twp. school board candidates is Oct. 24
WPMT: 13 appointed to PA commission for Women
WITF: Breaking Pennsylvania’s Electoral Habits
Carlisle Sentinel: Pennsylvania House OKs new cash package to backfill deficit

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Pennsylvania lawmakers hope to move forward from budget stalemate
WFMZ: Gov. Wolf lauds Berks center’s fight against heroin, opioids
Express Times: Toomey, Casey share thoughts after White House tax talk
Morning Call: Pat Toomey, Bob Casey talk taxes at the White House
Morning Call: Under pressure from union, Allentown Council tables $7 million fleet contract
Morning Call: Why you likely won’t see Allentown police body cam footage
Reading Eagle: Rep. Ryan Costello: Protecting CHIP a high priority

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Penn State Health receives $1 million to combat opioid addiction
Centre Daily Times: State College Borough Council candidates talk issues
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council tables ordinance that would ban alcohol in city parks
Erie Times-News: City, Erie officers ask judge to toss parts of civil rights lawsuit
Erie Times-News: Funding impasse could affect Penn State, Pitt students
WJET: $140 million in tax increases to fill PA’s budget

Opinion
Inquirer: Why attorneys general should sue student loan predators | Editorial
Inquirer: Will Congress deliver a December frost to medical cannabis in Pa. and beyond? | Philly420
Tribune Review: Airline fees & $1.1B Pgh. Int’l overhaul: More questions
Post-Gazette: Getting help faster: A database to help psychiatric patients in crisis
Patriot News: Washington’s complicity in a bad opioids law is a national disgrace | Editorial

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