12/15 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6The budget stalemate continues, the Kane/Williams feud escalates and Wolf chooses a PLCB nominee. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-BGT: How Do You Solve a Five-Sided Equation?: The Governor’s office, State House and State Senate are all working to pass their own budgets.

PA-Gov: Wolf Names Liquor Control Board Nominee: The Governor selects businessman Michael Newsome to sit on the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Williams Distances Himself From Fina, Kane Teases More Emails: The feud between the AG and the Philly DA takes a new turn.

PHL-15: Kenney Joins Mayors Against Illegal Guns: The Mayor-Elect unites with the gun safety group.

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Statewide
StateImpactPA: Study: smallmouth bass harmed by endocrine disruptors, pathogens, and parasites
PLSReporter: As budget bills advance, big questions still linger
PLSReporter: Wolf on budget: “It’s time to stop negotiating”
Capitolwire: At least one budget framework bill is on its way to the governor

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia loses jurisdiction over highway billboards
WHYY Newsworks: Initiative to assess best practices for protecting Delaware Watershed
Philadelphia Business Journal: Kenney tabs federal prosecutor as Philadelphia’s next city solicitor
Daily News: Kane to Seth: You want more porn? OK
Inquirer: State senator plans bill to privatize PPA

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: State offering rebates for ‘green’ vehicle purchases
Bucks County Courier Times: School pension bill to hit 30 percent of employee salaries next year
Bucks Local News: Remembering Sandy Hook: State Rep. Santarsiero marks anniversary of school massacre by calling for stronger background checks for firearm purchases

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Pitt assists in launch of foundation to fuel CTE research
Post-Gazette: The Kaufmann Legacy
Post-Gazette: Pharmacists touted as last line of defense against opioid addiction
Post-Gazette: Gasoline prices continue plunge to new lows
Post-Gazette: Presenteeism more costly than absenteeism
Tribune-Review: Computer virus targets Rivers Casino
Tribune-Review: Pa. House GOP member: ‘There aren’t enough of us’ to block tax hike
Business Times: Fast-growing Pittsburgh tech company hires new CEO
Business Times: Report pokes Pitt over failure to submit research results to federal database

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Proposed boundary lines upset residents
Altoona Mirror: Ebensburg seeks spot on historic register
Beaver County Times: More Beaver County residents slip into poverty
Tribune-Democrat: Two Conemaugh Township board members quit over decision to end management search

NEPA
Times Leader: Panzitta Enterprises looking to buy and lease Times Leader building, Wilkes-Barre Area a possible tenant
Times-Tribune: Political season starts with no budget
Times-Tribune: Fell Charter principal proud of students, staff in budget crisis
Times-Tribune: Dunmore council hires passed-over veteran as police officer
Times-Tribune: Sunday’s weather crushes 92-year record

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: Pa. schools may lose ability to borrow
Lebanon Daily News: Lawmakers brace for new budget fight
York Daily Record: Yorkers seek God’s help to end PA budget impasse
Harrisburg Patriot News: Bad brew: Wonder why Pennsylvania’s budget is six months late? Here’s a few top reasons
Harrisburg Patriot News: Another ex-worker sues AG Kathleen Kane, claims he was axed for urging top aide’s firing over sex harassment
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Lancaster City Democratic chairman Greg Paulson resigns, will run for state Senate

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allentown passes budget with 24 percent tax hike in income tax
Morning Call: Bethlehem mayor responds to criticism over Martin Tower zoning
Reading Eagle:  Lawmakers postpone hearing on state police funding
Express Times: Palmer Township supervisors approve 11 percent tax hike

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Poverty, low test meet in Erie
Centre Daily Times: Congress, White House close in on spending bill, tax package
Williamsport Sun-Gazette:  Several budgets get final approval

Opinion
Inquirer: Pay should match effort
Bucks County Courier Times: BCCC forced into borrowing
Delco Daily Times: Guess what? Congress did something!
Harrisburg Patriot News: #PaBudget: A very angry state Senate just went and canceled Tuesday session, because the House
Harrisburg Patriot News: Full U.S. House should get a vote on Rep. Tim Murphy’s mental health bill: Editorial
Reading Eagle:  Editorial: Congress finally reaches across aisle, funds highways
Post-Gazette: Climate hope: A sweeping accord now requires action
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh tapestry: A community must defend those who are different

Blogs
PA Budget & Policy Center: Why Conservatives Can Like Pennsylvania’s Personal Income Tax
2 Political Junkies: Climate Change and Terrorism
Commonwealth Foundation: Is Pennsylvania’s Income Tax Too Low?
Commonwealth Foundation: Six Unresolved Issues in PA Budget?
Lu-Lac Political Letter: Homeland Security and Social Media
Williamsport Sun Gazette: For Israelis, terrorism is much more personal and immediate threat

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