12/19 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Brady rips Kane, Wolf discusses the state economy and Gerlach becomes a lobbyist. Plus, today is the deadline to apply for a spring internship. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Brady Criticizes Kane For Neglecting Bribery Scandal: The Attorney General loses the support of yet another Philly power broker.

PA-Gov: Wolf Discusses the Bleak Financial State of Pennsylvania: At a press conference in Philadelphia, Governor-Elect Tom Wolf presented some of the budgetary challenges most pressing to PA.

PA-6: Rep. Jim Gerlach to Become Lobbyist: The outgoing Congressman is set to join Venable LLP after leaving office next month.

PoliticsPA Internship Opening: Spring 2015: PoliticsPA is seeking talented individuals to contribute to our news coverage throughout the Commonwealth

Statewide
Capitolwire: A good start to ACA’s open enrollment period, say CMS officials
Capitolwire: New report about mortality rates, readmissions shows care at PA hospitals continues to improve
PLS Reporter: Legislators plan for legislation to reduce size of General Assembly by 2020
PLS Reporter: Freshman Focus: Brett Miller (R-Lancaster)
PA Independent: Lawmaker: General Assembly shouldn’t spend time naming roads and bridges
StateImpactPA: Wolf: New York’s fracking ban is “unfortunate”

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Delco bridge repair will cost SEPTA $55.5M
Inquirer: Nutter: City and Nextdoor.com to partner for free for social networking
Inquirer: Blatstein files appeal of city casino decision
Newsworks: Philly civil forfeiture rules still in question as two families get homes back
Newsworks: Congress OKs ABLE Act to give disabled greater financial independence
Big Tent: Monmouth Poll: GOP race wide open

SEPA
Mercury: State lawmakers to face bill banning gift-taking
Mercury: Ambler Mayor Jeanne Sorg remembers shooting victims; borough passes budget
Local News: Newtown Township Supervisors approve $12.34M spending plan for 2015; officials working to attract new companies to Lockheed-Martin site
Daily Local News: Several West Chester parking meter ‘holidays’ eliminated

Pittsburgh
Business Times: Beer me: PCLB to allow restaurants and grocery stores to deliver ale
Business Times: Auditor General: Allegheny County potentially loses $619M in revenue from tax-exempt property
Business Times: City, county, universities partner to create Regional Data Resource Center
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Public Schools adopt no-tax-increase budget for 2015
Tribune Review: Port Authority says interest high for free fare zone sponsorship
Post-Gazette: PUC grants ride-share company Lyft experimental license
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh school board OKs budget with no change in property tax rate
Post-Gazette: Councilman Kraus found not guilty of littering, ‘cooling-off period’ ordered on harassment charge
Post-Gazette: Mixed reactions in Pittsburgh to Cuba normalization

Southwest
Tribune-Democrat: Cambria commissioners adopt $64 million 2015 budget with no tax increase
Mirror: AASD to address overcrowding
County Times: Beaver County retiree benefit change could cost millions

NEPA
Times Leader: Gov.-elect Wolf discusses Pennsylvania’s budget challenges at Hoyt Library, Kingston
News Item: Shamokin gives formal OK to 2015 real estate tax rate
Standard Speaker: Hazleton council OKs $9.28M spending plan
Times-Tribune: Judge Minora won’t seek another term
Times-Tribune: Pension reform needed
Times-Tribune: Statewide pension reform efforts continue
Citizens Voice: Wolf visits Kingston, talks $2B budget deficit

South Central
The Sentinel: Midstaters recall fleeing communism, celebrate new ties with Cuba
The Sentinel: $8M lawsuit claims cover-up in Springettsbury Township police killing
Patriot-News: Mayor: ‘Lancaster is a safe city’ despite recent uptick in crime
Patriot-News: Move over Uber, Lyft is coming to Pennsylvania too
Patriot-News: Corrections boss Wetzel ‘Happy to have a conversation’ about staying for Wolf administration
York Dispatch: No tax increase for Jackson Township

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Lyft Pennsylvania ruling opens service to much of state
Reading Eagle: Pa. lawmakers to face bill banning gift-taking
Reading Eagle: Don Spatz: Some cases wane during Kane’s reign
Reading Eagle: Some Cubans in Berks welcome U.S. move to restore relations
Morning Call: Corbett, Pa. legislature budgeted no money for governor transition
Morning Call: U.S. Rep. Brady: I’ve lost faith in AG Kane
Morning Call: Auditor general to investigate if Pa. is getting enough tax relief from gambling
Morning Call: Pa. senators propose pipeline impact fee
Morning Call: As Santorum campaigns, sex questions return

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Experts: Shale taxes could result in less state drilling
Centre Daily Times: Local law enforcement officers demonstrate new training tool
Centre Daily Times: Penn State has long history of engaging with Cuba

Opinion
Daily News: Well done, D.A. Williams!
Daily Local News: Government givers are hurting capitalism system
Post-Gazette: Kane on trial: The Philadelphia DA opens her closed prosecution
Mirror: ‘Kicking can’ not answer
News Item: Challenge amid change in Keystone State for ‘15
Standard Speaker: Make smooth governor’s transition
Citizens Voice: Community confusion
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Wolf’s severance tax projections appear to be fictional
York Dispatch: Transparency about medical costs is key
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Measure puts taxpayers on hook for investment losses
Morning Call: Will shortsighted policies, low oil prices derail fracking?

Blogs
Keystone Politics: #PA6: Obvious Thing Happens
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup Dec 18, 2014: Pennsylvania town poised to make all public schools for-profit charters

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