12/3 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Torsella preps for Treasurer run, Wolf blames Corbett for upcoming budget problems and we ask if Chaka Fattah will still be in Congress one year from now. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Torsella Exploring Bid for Treasurer: The former Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia appears to be considering a run for PA State Treasurer.

PA-Gov: Tom Wolf Transition Team Announces Budget Sticking Points: Gov-elect Tom Wolf is working to prepare the public for the fiscal troubles ahead and making sure they blame Governor Corbett for them.

Reader Poll: What Does the Future Hold for Chaka Fattah?: We ask our readers whether Rep. Fattah will still be in Congress one year from now.

Reader Poll: Majority of Respondents Disapprove of Kane: A majority of our readers disapprove of the job Attorney General Kathleen Kane is doing.

Statewide
PLS Reporter: Rumored lame duck session could mean another first in Pennsylvania history
PLS Reporter: Possible lame duck session would be bad government, reformers say
State House Sound Bites: Latest session, by the numbers
State House Sound Bites: Late budget? Bill would halt lawmakers’ pay
State House Sound Bites: Crashing oil prices hurting Pennsylvania drillers
State House Sound Bites: 2 Philadelphia hospitals designated for Ebola care

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Obama taps Ramsey to help lead national task force on community policing
WHYY Newsworks: Preliminary hearing sides against SEPTA and for Hitler ads
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Dept. of Education wants Chester Upland receiver out
StateImpactPA: Indiana County township claims ecosystem has legal rights
Phillynow.com: Updates: Jill Scott stands by Cosby, and Lincoln U’s prez quits
Philly.com: 2 Philadelphia hospitals designated for Ebola care
The Inquirer: Wolf to meet with Obama Friday
The Inquirer: Phila. police to test body cameras for six months
The Inquirer: Lawmakers seek support for $29 million emergency aid for AC

SEPA
Daily Local News: HIV patients sues Pa. docs
Daily Local News: Medicaid expansion kicks off with logjam
Delco Daily Times: Obama picks Ashton Carter to lead Pentagon
Delco Daily Times: Obama after Ferguson: Wants to avoid ‘militarized’ police culture
Bucks County Courier Times: 2 Philadelphia hospitals designated for Ebola care
Pottstown Mercury: Property tax hike in 2015 Lower Providence budget
Pottstown Mercury: New FBI data shows rate of assaults on U.S. police officers dropped in 2013
Pottstown Mercury: Raped prison clerk to get $3.3M from Pa. to settle lawsuit

Pittsburgh
Business Times: Pittsburgh Planning Commission votes to approve Penguins’ plan for the Lower Hill
Business Times: Westinghouse Electric re-awarded fuel supply contract
Business Times: Greater Latrobe School District introduces app to bridge technology gap
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Council asked to put a limit on drilling at parks
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools board re-elects Sumpter as president
Tribune Review: Allegheny County budget increases without tax hike
Tribune Review: Revamp of parking rates, enforcement in Pittsburgh proposed

Southwest
Tribune Democrat: Mount Aloysius exceeds state pass rate
Mirror: Sun Air, Altoona-Blair airport kicking off partnership, flights
Mirror: Nearly one-third of reassessment data collected
Observer Reporter: Nearly one-third of reassessment data collected
County Times:  Lawyer: ‘No intent’ to mute public before Blackhawk hirings

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Clinic proposal delayed after zoning hearing rescheduled
Standard Speaker: Luzerne County budget analyst fired following pay lapse
Times Leader: Luzerne County budget meeting accomplishes little
Times Tribune: Boscov donates $700,000 to Scranton to make good on mall loan

South Central
Daily Record: Rep. Grove to host open house on legislative agenda
Daily Record: Legislators differ on receivership petition for York City schools
Dispatch: York City school board to hold emergency meeting
Patriot-News: Ebola update: Pennsylvania monitoring 129, but no new U.S. cases since late October
Patriot-News: Harrisburg City Council to resume talks on 10-year tax abatement plan
Patriot-News: What next?: Insights into the Wolf administration, General Assembly leadership and women in politics
Daily News: West Lebanon raises real estate tax 38 percent

Lehigh Valley
Express-Times: Roseto municipal expenses lower and revenues higher than expected in 2014
Express-Times: Nazareth council removes pay for fire marshal from budget
Eagle: Reading looks at revamping downtown parking rates
Eagle: Kutztown University faculty union leadership criticizes search for new president
WFMZ: Fundraising effort underway to install more security cameras in downtown Reading
Morning Call: Top Allentown official could get 19 percent raise
Morning Call: Supreme Court hears Lehigh Valley Facebook threats case

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: First city budget work session focuses on proposed $1.4 million surplus spending
Sun-Gazette: Service tax is doubled in borough
Daily Times: Penn State student ‘die-in’ stresses awareness; university monitoring social media, urges civility toward Ferguson protesters
Daily Times: State College Borough Council hearing weighs budget option; transfer tax increase irks residents
Times-News: Millcreek supervisors approve budget calling for no tax increase
Times-News: Erie County Council considers public safety advisory committee
Times-News: Wiley says there are solutions to budget crunch

Opinion
Sun-Gazette: Need for through, fair review of city budget is clear
Sentinel: Our View: Cyber days coming, but not yet
Dispatch: EDITORIAL: Merging 15 York County school districts makes sense
Bucks County Courier Times: Assessing the new assessment tests
The Inquirer: Implausible deniability for Fattah
Daily News: School$: Not how much, but how/where
Philly.com: Penn State offer lessons on leadership
Post-Gazette: UPMC could feed the hungry instead
Tribune Review: Our energy boom: Market currents

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: Economic Freedom Key to a Prosperous Pennsylvania
Keystone State Education Coalition: State moves to take control of York City School District; York City charter opponents decry perceived political influence

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