3/3 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Kane ditches another press secretary, the Marcellus Shale Coalition polls the severance tax and Philly beats Brooklyn and Columbus again. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

AG Kane Loses Yet Another Press Secretary: Kane’s Press Secretary Aaron Sadler’s last day will be Wednesday.

MSC Poll: Voters Have Mixed Feelings About Severance Tax: A new Marcellus Shale Coalition poll finds just shy of 50 percent support for Wolf’s tax proposal.

PPP Poll: Voters Approve of DNC’s Philadelphia Decision: Brooklyn, Columbus or Philadelphia? More Americans would rather visit the City of Brotherly Love.

PA-Gov: Wolf Makes a Typo: Governor Wolf’s letter of dismissal to Bill Green contained an embarrassing mistake.

Statewide
Capitolwire: As Wolf presses for federal action on crude oil tankers, report says millions in PA in potential evacuation zones
Capitolwire: Lawmakers, small business owners urge Wolf to ‘be careful’ regarding potential PIT hike’
Capitolwire: Senate Dems predict ‘a return to some ways that we used to fund education’ in Wolf’s budget proposal
PLSReporter: Amid process concerns, a bill limiting state spending growth moves to House floor
PLSReporter: Lawmakers seek to protect small businesses from potential PIT increase
PLSReporter: Capitol Quick Hits for 3.2.15
PLSReporter: Legislators seek to change laws protecting pedophiles
StateImpactPA: With his first budget, Wolf gears up for gas tax fight
StateImpactPA: 1.5 million at risk in PA for crude oil derailment
PA Independent: Liquor privatization faces uncertain future after passing House
State House Sound Bites: State lawmakers brace for a dramatic budget proposal
State House Sound Bites: Even before budget speech, Wolf sets tone in Harrisburg

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Wolf Strips Green of SRC Chairmanship
Inquirer: Negotiations to Settle City’s Forfeiture Suit Fail
Inquirer: Rizzo First City Council Candidate to File Nominating Petitions
Daily News: Over Fried Flounder, Queries for Kenney
Daily News: Ferrick: Republicans An Endangered Species in Philly
WHYY Newsworks: Even Before Pa. Budget Speech, Wolf Sets Tone in Harrisburg
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia Mayoral Candidates Stand by Wolf’s SRC Switch-Up
WHYY Newsworks: Sestak Ready for Another U.S. Senate Campaign
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Lawmakers Brace for a Dramatic Budget Proposal
WHYY Newsworks: South Philly Real Estate Agent Running for At-Large City Council Seat
WHYY Newsworks: New Pa. Senate Majority Leader Corman: Pension Overhaul Before Any Wolf Tax Measures
WHYY Newsworks: City Women’s Commission Could Be Revived Through Philly Ballot Question
WHYY Newsworks: Pennsylvania Considers Foray Into Online Gaming
WHYY Newsworks: Wolf’s Big Ideas – A History Lesson
Public School Notebook: Gov. Wolf Ousts Green, Names Neff Chair of SRC
Business Journal: Coalition Slams Comcast, Time Warner Cable Merger, Even After Net Neutrality

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Guns Permitted in Union Township Public Recreation Area
Pottstown Mercury: Berks County Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt Seeks Third Term
Bucks Courier-Times: Correction to Bristol Township School Board Budget Meeting Date
Bucks Courier-Times: Centennial Seeks Residents for Planning Committee
Bucks Courier-Times: Warminster Supervisors to Meet with Residents
Delco Daily Times: Sestak Will Announce He Wants Another Shot at Toomey, U.S. Senate on Wednesday
Delco Daily Times: Ridley School Board OKs New Contract with Teachers
Delco Daily Times: Rose Tree Media Approves One-Year Agreement with Support Personnel
Delco Daily Times: Ridley Park Faces Questions About Police Chief Code Enforcement
Delco Daily Times: Democrat Joe Sestak to Kick Off 2016 Campaign for U.S. Senate This Week
Daily Local News: AG Kane: Consumers Need to Be Alert

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Former Congressman Sestak to Kick Off U.S. Senate Campaign This Week
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Federal Judge Allows Challenge to Sharpsburg’s Landlord Law
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Shale Drilling Boom a Bust for Some Western Pa. Towns
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Tax on Shale Gas Drillers Would Punish Industry, Turzai Says
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Councilman Offers Incentive for Local Businesses to Increase Wages
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Mikulsiki, Maryland Democrat and Role Model Plans to Retire From Senate in 2017

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Administrator’s Work a ‘Calling’
Altoona Mirror: County Housing Authority Votes to Give Vets Preference
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Sestak to Formally Announce Challenge to US Sen. Toomey
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Adams Supervisor Running for Commissioner
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Richland School Board Votes to Cut French Program, Long Term Sub Job
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Environmental Group: Johnstown At Risk From Trains Carrying Oil

NEPA
The Times Leader: Former Local Casino Head Bobby Soper Named Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority President
The Times Leader : Democrats Say Wolf’s Budget Will Be Ambitious
The TImes Leader: Wilkes-Barre Area, Luzerne County to Pursue Getting Downtown Office Building on Tax Rolls
The Times-Tribune: Corey O’Brien Resigns As County Commissioner
Wayne Independent: Health Professionals Lauded
Pocono Record: Pa. House Votes to Let More Crime Victims Witness Testimony
Pocono Record: Lawmaker Reimburses Private Place Expenses for Football Game
Pocono Record: Florida’s Rubio Close to Decision About Presidential Run (AP)

South Central
YDR: AP: Sestak to Challenge US Sen. Toomey in 2016
Patriot News: Union says Wolf Restoring State-Employed Nurses Eliminated by Corbett
Patriot News: Millions of Pennsylvanians Live within Oil Train Explosion Zones: Report
Patriot News: Nuclear Plant Worker Knocked out by Falling Refrigerator Awaits Workers’ Comp Decision
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf Unveils New Budget Tuesday: What you need to Know
Patriot News: Wolf’s First Budget could Offer ‘House of Cards’ Worthy Plot Twists
Intelligencer: Watch and Weigh In: Wolf Delivers First Budget Address
Intelligencer: Amish Farmer Takes Record $597,000 State Grant
York Dispatch: York Tourism Officials to Drum-Up Support for Hotel Tax

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Palmer Township Title Searcher Pleads Guilty to Theft
Express Times: What to Expect in Wolf’s First Budget Proposal
Express Times: Easton’s Top Ten Earners are all over Six Figures
Morning Call: Three Lehigh Municipalities get New Voting Districts
Reading Eagle: Wolf’s Budget Wish List
Reading Eagle: Liquor Privatization may not have a Shot

North by Northwest
Sun Gazette: State Lawmakers Cut Benefits for Illegal Immigrants
Centre Daily Times: Wolf’s Budget to Give Penn St. $49 Million Bump
Erie Times-News: Wolf Ready to Break Out First Budget

Opinion
Inquirer: Control Over What’s Built
Bucks Courier-Times: Gun Lobby Misfires Again
Sentinel: Who has Obama’s Ear on Pipeline?
Patriot News: Death Penalty is as Feasible as the Humans who Carry it Out
Reading Eagle: More Ailments Linked to Tobacco are Reasons to Avoid It
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The IRS Scandal: A Cover Up-Grows
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Indefensible: Europe Cuts NATO Spending While U.S. Pays

Blogs
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: John Bryant to Run For Plainfield Tp Supervisor
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Donchez to Appeal Hoffman Arbitration
2 Political Junkies: There’s More To The Wage Gap
Commonwealth Foundation: Fair Share? How Pennsylvania Gas Taxes Compare
Commonwealth Foundation: Spending More, Or Spending More Wisely?
Commonwealth Foundation: Gov. Wolf Authorizes New Union Money-Grab
Keystone Crossroads: Philadelphia district nets $42 million from selling former schools
Keystone Crossroads: Pennsylvania considers foray into online gambling
Keystone Crossroads: Pa. lawmakers brace for a dramatic budget proposal
Keystone Crossroads: New Pa. Senate majority leader Corman: Pension overhaul before any Wolf tax measures
Keystone Crossroads: Micah Gursky on economic development incentives, pessimism and “The Grapes of Wrath”
Citified: Philadelphia Economic Growth Among Worst Worldwide
Citified: The Brief: Is Bill Green’s Political Future Over?
Citified: Nelson Diaz: “I’m Not Just Latino. I’m Broader Than That.”
Citified: Philly’s Mayoral Candidates Pretty Much Cool With Wolf’s Ouster of Green
Citified: Wolf to Green: You’re Out As Liquor Board Chair. (Huh?)

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