12/7 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Freed backs Stephens, McGinty wins another labor endorsement and Wolf vetoes the PEMA bill. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

12/4 Ups & Downs: A press conference, a luncheon and the faint hope of a budget deal. See who made this week’s list!

Freed Endorses Stephens for AG: Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed is backing Todd Stephens for Attorney General.

PA-Gov: Wolf Vetoes PEMA Bill: The Governor felt the legislation would hamper executive authority.

PA-Sen: ATU Endorses McGinty: The Amalgamated Transit Union is backing Katie McGinty’s campaign for Senate.

Sunday Show Preview: December 6, 2015: We take a look at the Sunday morning political talk shows that will air throughout the state.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Is there a trainwreck coming for the state budget framework, or simply a bump in the journey?
Capitolwire: Republicans advance economic furlough bill to Senate floor
Capitolwire: Budget’s pension component might not be ready for vote until late next week
PA Independent: Republican report: Pennsylvania spent $30 billion during budget impasse

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Wolf calls for Eakin to resign
Inquirer: McGinty disclosure form gets quick correction
Inquirer: Wolf: Deal reached on Pa. school funding
Inquirer: Recovery? Incomes down throughout region
PhillyClout: Kenney has no room for Nutter aide
WHYY Newsworks: Private schools press Wolf to approve tax credits during Pa. stalemate
WHYY Newsworks: DNC CEO: ‘You’re really kind of building a small city’
WHYY Newsworks: Four most interesting moments (so far) from Kenney’s town halls
WHYY Newsworks: Election calendar spurs greater urgency for Pa. budget deal

SEPA
Bucks County Courier-Times: Lower Makefield, Morrisville officials battle over sewage treatment plant issues
Bucks County Courier-Times: Survivors recall the shock, devastation of Pearl Harbor attacks
Pottstown Mercury: Limerick board balks at Montco comprehensive plan
Pottstown Mercury: Pottsgrove school taxes will not rise above 3.1%
Pottstown Mercury: From the ashes

Pittsburgh
WTAE: State budget impasse taking toll on The Children’s Institute
Post-Gazette: Forfeiture laws reformers see Allegheny County policy as model
Post-Gazette: Wolf says proposed budget will include ‘historic’ education funding
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf: Pa. Supreme Court justice should step down
Pittsburgh Business Times: Highway bill passes Congress; Export-Import Bank revived (VIDEO)
Pittsburgh Business Times: Legislators, industry close ranks to ensure severance tax’s defeat in Pennsylvania
KDKA: Pennsylvania budget process in peril as House GOP backs off

Southwest
Beaver County Times: GOP report says Wolf administration has spent $30 billion during budget impasse
Beaver County Times: Rothfus opposes education bill for having still strong federal government ties
Altoona Mirror: Spring Cove board to limit tax hike
Altoona Mirror: Top lawmakers test budget possibilities
Altoona Mirror: Eichelberger: Budget deal could come next week
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Obamacare’s ‘Cadillac tax’ could snare some state health plans
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Money released for shelters, as anger grows over budget impasse
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Kane case tests party loyalties

NEPA
Times Leader: Obama: Terror threat against US has entered ‘new phase’
Pocono Record: Disabled hunters get boost from Pennsylvania bill
Citizens Voice: Shavertown resident in Greece helping refugees fleeing war

South Central
York Daily Record: Hal Bowman: A friend, ‘pioneer’ taken by terror
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf calls for Supreme Court Justice Eakin’s resignation after report highlights judicial discipline panel controversy
Patriot News: Pennsylvania’s state budget framework rattles apart over tax and spending issues
Patriot News: Protestors rally in front of Gov. Wolf’s York County home
Patriot News: Lancaster County attorney, combat veteran, announces bid for state Senate
Patriot News: Hard liquor: Reform efforts lack consensus as potential action on state budget nears
Lancaster Intelligencer: Residents rush for permit to carry gun
Lancaster Intelligencer: Census: Over half of Lancaster County renters pay more than they can afford for housing
Carlisle Sentinel: Gun charges tick up for Cumberland County in 2015

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Tea Party support drops to lowest level since movement emerged in 2009
Morning Call: HUD plans to ban smoking in public housing
Morning Call: In a Sandusky-era reversal, state now allows expert testimony on sex abuse

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Transportation bill emphasizes bridges, safety
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Area medical professionals talk about drug addiction
Erie Times-News: New pre-emption system lets first responders control Erie County signals
Erie Times-News: Drilling’s down in Pa. as natural gas supplies mount
Centre Daily Times: Monthslong budget impasse being felt in Centre, surrounding counties

Opinion
Patriot News: Budget politics have put scholarships for needy kids in limbo: Brittney Parker
Patriot News: The Legislature may be working on the budget, but it doesn’t work: Tony May
Patriot News: Pa. government is messy and inefficient – but there’s a good reason for that: Charlie Gerow
Lancaster Intelligencer: Whatever their cause, mass shooting are all too common in the US, so what should be done?
Express Times: Mayor’s pay cut in Phillipsburg looks like payback
Daily News: Footing bill, toeing line
Inquirer: Must mute ISIS’s song
Morning Call: Bill White: Ed Pawlowski should resign for Allentown’s good
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Limbo status of attorney general harmful to state
Erie Times-News: Erie’s downtown needs neighborhood association
Post-Gazette: Round rescue: Finally, Congress delivers multiyear funding
Post-Gazette: Gift of continuity: The Pa. justices rule fairly for Medicare patients
Tribune Review: U.N. Watch: A D.C. ‘rights’ hub?
Tribune Review: Obama’s dereliction: Unfit for office?
Altoona Mirror: Kane saga continues its swoon
Observer-Reporter: George H.W. Bush represents a GOP that has vanished
Times Leader: Our Opinion: Can state prohibit re-run of this year’s painful budget showdown?

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: A Brief History of Wolf’s Tax Hikes
Commonwealth Foundation: Prohibition Never Ended
Keystone Crossroads: In case you missed it: This week’s good reads about Pennsylvania cities

December 7th, 2015 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments