2/21 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14The state budget season kicks off today, see the full schedule, and the BAT causes divisions.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

2017-2018 Budget Hearing Schedule: The State Senate and House Appropriations Committees will kick off their almost three week long hearing process of budget hearings tomorrow. We have compiled both schedules broken down by day.

Border Adjustment Tax Creates Intra-Party Fight: One of the centerpieces of Trump’s tax reform plan is off to a rough start with conservative groups coming out against the Border Adjustment Tax.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Wolf’s corrections, parole merger proposal revived.  (2/20/2017)
StateImpact: Sunoco clears trees, builds drill pads for Mariner East 2 pipeline

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Key Pa. senator under fire for suggesting inner-city students need ‘less intensive’ program to succeed
Inquirer: El-Shabazz declares himself ‘perfect candidate’ for DA, despite tax debts
Inquirer:Not My Presidents’ Day’ protest in Philly draws hundreds
Inquirer: Trump appoints Philly native, Valley Forge grad as top security adviser

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Democratic councilman announces candidacy in Bensalem mayoral race
Bucks County Courier Times: Falls police talk to residents about what to do in case of active shooter
Delco Times: Ridley mulls ban on smoking at township parks
Delco Times: Delco Dems hold convention, name full slate to face GOP for county positions

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Bill would allow families to force drug treatment committals
Tribune Review: Officials say they can’t do much about lingering political signs
Post-Gazette: Facing cuts under Trump administration, arts community prepares to fight funding battle
Post-Gazette: Advocates wonder what Trump administration will mean for transgender students
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania Turnpike to replace 3 bridges, road as part of widening efforts
Post-Gazette: Key Pa. senator under fire for suggesting inner-city students need ‘less intensive’ program to succeed
Post-Gazette: Advocates continue calls for suspension reform in Pittsburgh Public Schools
Early Returns: Fetterman, counselling party unity, backs Buttigieg for DNC chair
KDKA: Laid Off Coal Miners Trained To Write Computer Codes, A Ticket To Top Wages
WTAE: Investigation finds some tax-exempt properties that should be paying taxes

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Pennsylvania Senate bill would allow car dealers to open on Sundays
Beaver County Times: Town hall on potential repeal of Affordable Care Act planned for Tuesday in Beaver
Beaver County Times: Bridgewater considers $25 fee on boats docked along river
Observer-Reporter: Why not consider countywide school districts?
Altoona Mirror: Senate to debate education measure
Altoona Mirror: Polito to run for district judge
Altoona Mirror: Donaldson to seek Blair DA position
Altoona Mirror: Judge wants to entice inmates to get GEDs
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: School advocate calls for ‘Great Conversation’ between public educators, community
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown mayor looks to share resources with other municipalities in region

NEPA
Times Leader: Report: Border wall could save taxpayers $64 billion over 10 years
Times Leader: Saidman announces run for Luzerne County Council
Times-Tribune: Former Scranton police chief awarded $116G in back pay
Times-Tribune: PEL reports on Scranton’s future under Act 47
Times-Tribune: In five years, impact fee pumped $1B into drilling host communities

South Central
Patriot News: Democrats optimistic on raising minimum wage
Patriot News: Medical marijuana growers can apply to operate in PA
Lancaster Online: Rep Smucker campaign has least amount of money out of the 18 congressmen

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Republicans weigh in to challenge Bob Casey
Reading Eagle: President Trump appoints Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as National Security Advisor

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Time: McMaster appointed as National Security Advisor and not afraid to challenge authority
Centre Daily Times: Russian ambassador to the U.N. dies at 64
Erie Times-News: Bob Casey claims refugee vetting is extreme
Erie Times-News: Why Erie County Trump voters give him mixed reviews

Opinion
Inquirer: Wolf: Budget offers new way forward for Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: Trump — 1 month in: Time for a reset
Patriot News: Trump is right to go after NATO’s free-riders: Editorial
Patriot News: Pa’s economic recovery demands a bold, new course: Mike Regan
Patriot News: Don’t be fooled, Pat Toomey isn’t the independent he claims: Nick Field
Daily News: Giordano: Toomey’s critics more about noise than engagement

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