12/19 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg-Capitol-steps6-300x220Corbett trails the Democratic front-runners, Hanger asks the Democratic candidates to cap spending and the Governor backs a gay rights bill. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Quinnipiac Poll: Corbett Approval Falls, Trails Most Dems: The latest Quinnipiac poll found Gov. Corbett with his worst yet job approval rating and behind all but one potential Democratic opponents tested.

Hanger to Dems: Cap Primary Spending at $3-5M: Off the heels of a weekend of fundraising at PA Society, Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hanger challenged his fellow candidates to limit spending in the primary.

Reader Poll: How Will You Pick Your Gov Candidate?: We ask readers how they will make up their mind choosing a candidate for governor in May.

Corbett Backs Gay Rights Bill: LGBT rights advocates are in the unusual position of applauding Gov. Tom Corbett Wednesday.

Politically Uncorrected: Coming to Terms with America’s Interminable Problem: Guest column examines what a 6 year term would mean for the presidency.

Reader Poll: Move PA Society to PA: Readers believe the PA Society weekend should be moved from New York City to Pennsylvania.

Legislative Election Update:

HD-169: Republican West Manheim Township Supervisor Marc Woerner officially announced today that he is running for State Representative in York County’s newly acquired district. The 169th moved from Philadelphia County to York County during redistricting.

“York County has a great opportunity to send a conservative to Harrisburg to fight for leaner government, lower taxes, and liberty,” said Woerner. “I want to tackle the difficult challenges that face our families. We need to create good-paying jobs, eliminate property taxes, and restore fiscal responsibility to Harrisburg.”

Statewide
Capitolwire: Budget Sec. Zogby open to ‘any and all options’ other than broad-based tax hikes to close PA’s $1.4 billion budget gap
StateImpactPA: Chief buys Chesapeake natural gas leases for $500 million
WITF: Affordable Care Act concerns volunteer fire companies
AP: Penn State lawyer outlines alleged Spanier lies
AP: Governor Corbett inks post-Sandusky child abuse bills
AP: PA and other states to get Medicaid cases from federal website
PA Independent: State lawmakers want severance tax on natural gas drillers

Philadelphia
PhillyClout: Poll: Corbett trails most potential Democratic challengers
PhillyClout: Rep. Sims: LGBT civil rights ‘is not just a liberal issue’
WHYY Newsworks: Pennsylvania is fastest-growing state for natural gas production
WHYY Newsworks: U.S. defense bill includes suicide prevention help for Reserve troops
WHYY Newsworks: Gov. Corbett changes stance on LGBT anti-discrimination bill
WHYY Newsworks: Corbett backs measure banning LGBT discrimination in Pa.
PhillyNow: If local sick leave denial passes, PA Republicans are no longer ‘small government’ party
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Budget Secretary sees billion dollar budget gap looming next year
KYW Newsradio: Gov. Corbett backs gay anti-discrimination law, if not gay marriage
KYW Newsradio: Gov. Corbett signs new child abuse legislation
KYW Newsradio: Pa. House approves bills to reduce legislature by one fourth

SEPA
Intelligencer: County taxes remain same in Bucks
LevittownNow: Davis Announces Measure to Stop Online Sexual Exploitation
Daily Times: Pa. House votes to cut size of Legislature; most in Delco in favor
Montgomery News: State legislation will bring funding for transportation, maintenance projects in Montgomery County

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh school board drops contract with Teach for America
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Council passes capital budget
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh school board reverses on Teach for America contract
Post-Gazette: Hundreds turn out again for Baldwin-Whitehall meeting
Post-Gazette: Council holds line on Hampton taxes
Early Returns: Q poll: Corbett losing to most Dems
Early Returns: More holiday un-invitations
City Paper: Show of Support: State legislators propose package of women’s-health legislation
WTAE: Auditor general calls for higher minimum wage in Pennsylvania

Southwest
Beaver County Times: State criticizes Aliquippa, Rochester school spending
Beaver County Times: House committee to hold hearing on Christiana bills
Observer-Reporter: Expanded wage tax aiding city pension fund faster than expected
Altoona Mirror: Blair commissioners adopt budget
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: City seeks outside solutions

NEPA
The Times Leader: Hanover Twp. passes budget with no tax increase
The Times Leader: Council tables same-sex benefits; 36 layoff notices go out
Times-Tribune: More than 90 area bridges eligible for replacement under PennDOT program
Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor-elect Courtwright weighing whether to reopen city budget
Times-Tribune: State faces grim budget outlook
Pocono Record: Pa. drivers rank worse than NY, NJ

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News: Average cost of a state employee to climb 9 percent in 2014-2015
Harrisburg Patriot News: Rep. Lou Barletta stops by Steelton Fire Department to talk about bill, potential impact of Affordable Care Act
Harrisburg Patriot News: Wagner supplants Schwartz as Democratic frontrunner in latest Quinnipiac poll
Harrisburg Patriot News: Corbett finds silver lining in same old poll numbers
Harrisburg Patriot News: Corbett looking at new revenue sources more so than cuts to help balance next year’s state budget
Harrisburg Patriot News: State Rep. Kevin Schreiber to hold holiday open house
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: County commissioner still hopeful agreement can be reached on convention center

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Two charter schools pitched to Allentown School Board
Morning Call: Sabatine admits tax evasion tied to Slate Belt loan agency
Morning Call: ANIZDA launches arena zone job study
Express-Times: LVenture Charter School proposes inquiry-based learning in Allentown
Express-Times: Former Norton Oil Co. customers awarded $16,000 in claims against closed business
Express-Times: Supporters of proposed Executive Education Academy Charter School pack Allentown meeting

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Chains on business school’s doors
Sun-Gazette: Fewer seats in legislature? Lawmakers from region split on asking question
Sun-Gazette: Commissioners to OK final step of grant awards
Daily Times: Ida Lively wins Port Matilda mayoral race
Daily Times: Judge to consider whether Cynthia Baldwin represented Penn State or Graham Spanier in Sandusky case

Opinion
Daily News: Corbett’s Medicaid proposal is an unhealthy plan
Daily Times: Call it Pa.’s incumbent-protection program
Carlisle Sentinel: It’s worth the trip to the drop-off box
Harrisburg Patriot News: The state pension reform that wasn’t
Express-Times: EDITORIAL: Toomey bill would help protect schoolchildren from predators
Post-Gazette: Domestic defense: City police deploy a new tool against violence

Blogs
Keystone Politics: This App Lets You Rent Your Idle Car To People
Keystone Politics: Quinnipiac Poll is Coal in Corbett’s Stocking
Keystone Politics: The Conservative Wing of the Labor Movement Loves Philly School Privatization
Keystone Politics: Would Shrinking the Legislature Actually Help Republicans?
Keystone Politics: How to Get More Money From New Development Without Killing the 10-Year Tax Abatement
Keystone Politics: The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations: Employment Discrimination Edition
Keystone Politics: What Will the Sick Leave Denial Backlash Look Like?
Keystone Politics: Downtown Retail Needs More People
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: NorCo Council: Workhorses, Showhorses & No-Showhorses of 2013
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Christmas City Giving Hanover Lump of Coal

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  1. THE PAGOP HAS A TOM CORBETT PROBLEM-TOM CORBETT HAS A PATERNO PROBLEM-DOES THE UPMC BOARD HAVE A ROMOFF PROBLEM WHICH WILL BECOME AN EVEN BIGGER PROBLEM FOR CORBETT AND THE PAGOP? I’ve been complaining for months about the conflict of COS GROMIS-Baker and her husband Scotty. But after UPMC’s purchase of a $50 million jet and their attempts to put their jackboots on the throats of PA legislators it is time to speak up. The UPMC board is totally asleep at the switch. Can the public have full disclosure on the salaries of Jeff Romoff, Scotty Baker and Jeff’s daughter Rebecca Kaul? How much did the UPMC system pay Doug Romoff over the years for advertising? Who on the board approved this contract with Jeff’s brother? Why does the public in PA have to put up with this sick joke that UPMC has no employees? If the UPMC board thinks that Jeff Romoff is indispensible then I want nothing to do with this institution. Why isn’t UPMC’s cancer program rated higher in the US NEWs and World Report Rankings? U.S. News Score
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    62.8 / 100
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    New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
    New York, NY
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    Ranked in New York metro area and New York
    62.7 / 100
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    University of Colorado Hospital
    Aurora, CO
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    Ranked in Denver metro area and Colorado
    62.1 / 100
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    University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers
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    Ranked in Detroit metro area and Michigan
    61.3 / 100
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    UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    Pittsburgh, PA
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