2/8 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Wolf proposes a new budget, we want to know what you think of it, most readers want Dr. Murphy to take over the new Department of Health and Human Services, and Mango gets closer to a run for Governor.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Wolf Proposes Budget As Re-Election Cycle Starts: The Governor’s budget balances on streamlining government, avoiding broad-based tax increases.

Reader Poll: Do You Approve of Wolf’s Budget?: Governor Wolf announced his budget today. What do you think?

Reader Poll: Murphy Should Head Department of Health and Human Services: A plurality of our readers want Dr. Karen Murphy to head the proposed Department of Health and Human Services.

Mango Gets Closer to a Run: The possible gubernatorial candidate was in Philadelphia last week for meetings that could signal an announcement is near.

Budget
Morning Call: READ: Full text of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget speech
Morning Call: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf budget targets middle class voters
WHTM: Wolf budget calls for slimming of state government, tax on gas drillers, lease of Farm Show
State House Sound Bites: Some tentative optimism from GOP on Wolf’s budget
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf shows adaptability in the face of Republican headwinds
Patriot News: Pa. budget winner: Fee proposed to help fund municipal coverage by state police
Patriot News: Companies that get state money should stay in Pa. or pay back funds: Wolf
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address highlights: video
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf’s 2017 Pennsylvania budget at a glance
Patriot News: Gov Wolf starts PA minimum wage debate in midst of budget proposal
Patriot News: Gov Wolf’s budget proposal will permit state employees for early retirement
Patriot News: New budget proposal will have $1 billion in new taxes that small businesses will be burdened with
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf shows adaptability in the face of Republican headwinds
Patriot News: Don’t be fooled by Wolf’s budget cuts, says GOP gubernatorial hopeful Scott Wagner
Patriot News: How would Tom Wolf’s Pa. budget hit your pocket book? 5 highlights
Reading Eagle: Higher education sees mixed bag in Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget
Reading Eagle: Gov. Tom Wolf outlines merger of state health, human service agencies
Reading Eagle: Corrections, probation agencies would be merged
Standard Speaker: No big tax hikes in governor’s budget

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Wolf touts ‘largest cuts’ to state bureaucracy in history
Inquirer: How Philly.com presented the shooting of Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett
Inquirer: Philadelphia education community blasts Besty DeVos confirmation
Inquirer: Laws to ban abortion at 20 weeks: What’s happening in Pa. and elsewhere
Inquirer: DeVos ekes out confirmation win as Pence casts historic vote
Inquirer: Good news and bad news in the race for Philadelphia DA
Inquirer: Sources: City’s director of LGBT affairs to resign
Inquirer: Aston considers proposal to grow medical marijuana
Inquirer: Pa. Senate moves to block state grants to Philly, other ‘sanctuary cities’
Philadelphia Magazine: It’s Official: Joe Biden Is a Penn Professor
Philadelphia Magazine: State Lawmakers File Brief Against Soda Tax
Philadelphia Magazine: Report: Trump Protests Cost Philly Almost $3M
Philadelphia Magazine: 71-Year-Old Republican Wants to Reduce Pa. Pot Penalties
BillyPenn.com: Chestnut Hill College argues for ‘immunity’ from PA discrimination law
Philly Voice: Judges hammer attorneys on both sides of travel ban case

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Congressman Pat Meehan rules out 2018 U.S. Senate run against Bob Casey Jr.
Pottstown Mercury: Chesco Sheriff Bunny Welsh brushes elbows with President Trump
Bucks County Courier Times: State reps also waiting for Senate to address unemployment funding
Bucks County Courier Times: State bill would add judges to Bucks, Montgomery benches
Delco Daily Times: Delco school districts lay low on DeVos confirmation
Bucks Local News: Reaction to Gov. Wolf’s budget proposal
Daily Local News: State Rep. Becky Corbin appointed to committees for 2017-2018 session
Norristown Times-Herald: Area state lawmakers like Wolf’s call for consolidation

Pittsburgh
The Incline: After DeVos vote, John Fetterman interested in another run at Pat Toomey
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh mayor calls for investigation of water issues
Tribune Review: Canonsburg-based coal company lays off 200 employees
Tribune Review: Lead-tainted water at Butler County elementary school draws federal lawsuit
Post-Gazette: Syrian refugees arrive safely at Pittsburgh airport
Post-Gazette: Wolf proposes a familiar shale gas tax and gets a familiarly cold response
Post-Gazette: Higher education gets little in Wolf’s budget; $100 million more proposed for K-12
Post-Gazette: Officials: New state Department of Health, Human Services would save $90 million
KDKA: Pa. Rep. Introduces Bill To Close Loophole in Fight Against Opioid Epidemic
KDKA: Pa. Lawmaker’s Bill Would Delay Beginning Of School Year Till After Labor Day

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Gov Wolf seeks additional cuts to fix $3 billion dollar budget gap
Altoona Mirror: UPMC Altoona RNs ratify contract
Altoona Mirror: Blair judge earns party support for Superior Court post
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Gov Wolf proposes new drilling tax

NEPA
Standard Speaker: City council works to act on medical marijuana ordinance
Times-Tribune: Gov Wolf’s new state budget will sever state police coverage fees and a severance tax
Times-Tribune: Increase in education funding will not balance budgets in NEPA

South Central
Lancaster Online: Lancaster County lawmakers pleased with Gov. Wolf’s ‘more reasonable’ budget proposal
Lancaster Online: PA Senate passes bill that will directly target sanctuary cities

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Wolf’s budget proposal draws mixed reaction in Berks
Morning Call: Bethlehem council backs $21.1 million financial deal
Morning Call: Bethlehem attorney announces district judge bid
Reading Eagle: Business advocates object to plan to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage

North by Northwest
WICU: Staszewski announces bid for vacant Erie County Council seat
Centre Daily Times: Local leaders react to Wolf’s proposed budget
Centre Daily Times: Many local educators unhappy with Secretary of Education pick
Erie Times-News: Erie-area lawmakers weigh in on budget proposal
Erie Times-News: Lawmakers say funding fight not over for Erie schools
Sun-Gazette: Area lawmakers cautious on proposed budget
Sun-Gazette: State AG drops Kilgus investigation

Opinion
Bucks County Courier Times: Wolf’s budget ignores reality
Lancaster Online: Gov. Tom Wolf’s modest budget proposal offers an olive branch or two to Republicans
Patriot News: Wolf’s budget is the wrong Rx for Pa’s budget woes: Colin McNickle
Altoona Mirror: Act 172 provides incentive
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Wolf has given Republicans a budget they can work with
Daily News: DN editorial: Wolf takes realistic tack on Pennsylvania budget
Reading Eagle: Editorial: A good start, but governor’s budget needs work

February 8th, 2017 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments