12/22 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Wolf releases the inauguration schedule, the November jobs report is in and a look at the challenges the Governor-Elect faces. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

12/19 Ups & Downs: Indictments, fracking and self-representation. See who made this week’s list!

PA-Gov: Wolf Releases Inauguration Schedule: The Governor-Elect is set to take office on January 20th, 2015.

November Jobs Report: Unemployment Rate Dips to 5.1 Percent: Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in over six years.

Analysis: Can Tom Wolf Govern?: An examination of the governing conundrum that Tom Wolf faces in Harrisburg.

Statewide
PLS Reporter: Looking for some holiday reading?
StateImpactPA: Feds approve another pipeline expansion to accommodate Marcellus Shale
PA Independent: Week in review
PA Independent: Wolf wants to hand Philadelphia schools back to city
PA Independent: Philadelphia drops civil asset forfeiture case against family
State House Sound Bites: Wolf hits the road to underscore PA’s money problems
State House Sound Bites: Court lawyer: No new improprieties in email trove
State House Sound Bites: Sandusky won’t get his pension back
State House Sound Bites: Pennsylvania jobless rate falls, hiring flattens
State House Sound Bites: New Philadelphia casino license challenged in Pa. court

Philadelphia
WHYYNewsworks: New Pa. lawmaker wants special prosecutor to investigate cases of police using deadly force
WHYY Newsworks: Philly doing better with property tax collection
WHYY Newsworks: Putting a number on forgone Pa. property taxes
WHYYNewsworks: What New York’s fracking ban means for drilling along the Delaware river
The Inquirer: Will NY’s fracking ban affect PA?
The Inquirer: Report: McCaffery only judge to send improper e-mails
Philly.com: Obama signs bill to rename VA hospital in PA

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Media close to approving no-new-taxes spending plan
Delco Daily Times: Lawyer for Pa. high court: No new improprieties in email trove
Bucks County Courier Times: Sandusky denied pension
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsylvania jobless rate falls, hiring flattens
Pottstown Mercury: Lower Pottsgrove holds line on taxes, raises trash fees by $15’

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh police doubling up on duty after potential threats
Tribune Review: Republican legislator estimates selling state liquor system could net $1B
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh’s Hill District revitalization project hits financial hurdle in TIF
Tribune Review: Allegheny County district attorney prosecutors move on to state office
Post Gazette: Who’s minding the store for legislative ethics?
Post Gazette: Ethics committees work in secret, don’t release records
Business Times: EPA unveils new coal ash disposal rules
Business Times: Leed’s to build warehouse in Upper Burrell

Southwest
County Times: Study: More drilling could lead to more crime, traffic deaths and STDs
Mirror: Blair County ­prison board updates volunteer policy
Observer Reporter: North Strabane approves budget with tax reduction

NEPA
Times Leader: Harvard survey finds Pennsylvania among most corrupt states
Times Leader: Bear Creek Community Charter construction on time, under budget
Citizens Voice: Homestead repeal will be costly for most
Record: East Stroudsburg school board appoints former member

South Central
Sentinel: Homelessness: Not limited to holidays
Daily News: Jim Gerlach hired by Washington law firm Venable
Lancaster Online: Calls, e-mails made by U.S. Rep. Pitts’ aide to pipeline opponents after election anger some
Lancaster Online: Little-known law allows restaurants to deliver beer
Patriot-News: Borough to supply emergency water to Carlisle Barracks for up to 1 year
Patriot-News: Seat-belt safety study finds most midstate schools fall below state average
Patriot-News: As state expands Medicaid, glitch imperils care for drug addicts and mentally ill

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pa. farmers stand to gain as U.S. expands trade with Cuba
Morning Call: Review of justices’ email after porn scandal finds nothing else inappropriate
Morning Call: Pa. cigar enthusiasts not lighting up over prospect of ending Cuban trade embargo
Eagle: Reading property owners take fight over city recycling fee to Commonwealth Court
Express Times: Easton residents wish Governor Wolf building trees had been saved
Express Times: Lehigh Valley, New Jersey law enforcement react to recent ambushes

North by Northwest
Daily Times: Freeh’s firm appeals loss of privilege ruling to Superior Court
Sun-Gazette: Commissioners approve hotel tax enforcement
Sun-Gazette: City budget process continues with adoption
Times-News: Boundaries change for state lawmakers from Erie area
Times-News: With budgets come tax questions for Erie-area school districts
Onward State: Jerry Sandusky Loses Battle For Pension

Opinion
Express Times: EDITORIAL: Task force that guards against exploitation of seniors is an idea whose time has come
Eagle: Editorial: Ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone younger than 18
Eagle: Editorial: State should outlaw gifts to lawmakers and appointees
Times-News: How Erie can fire up entrepreneurs
Daily Record: York County school merger study based on flawed premise (YDR opinion)
Patriot-News: The Kane conundrum: They’re confusing a pedestal with a political gravestone: Tony May
Patriot-News: Here’s why Rick Santorum could win in 2016: Nick Sones
Pottstown Mercury: EDITORIAL: Obama’s overture to Cuba leaves many questions unanswered
Philly.com: Is America giving into cyberbullying?
Philly.com: How historic if Cuba deal?
Tribune Review: Chamber of Commerce’s water boy
Post Gazette: Vague and costly: Lavelle’s housing terms could hurt development

Blogs
Citizens’ Call: Cheltenham Dems Announce Endorsement Process for Commissioner and School Board Candidates
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Wolf Disagrees with Cuomo’s Fracking Ban
Keystone State Education Coalition: The ABC’s of Basic Education Funding in Pennsylvania

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