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4/16 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Toomey rakes in the dough, Grell to jump to PSERS while Tracy grabs the Philly FOP endorsement. Plus, we’re now looking for summer interns! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PoliticsPA Internship Opening: Summer 2015: PoliticsPA is seeking talented individuals to contribute to our news coverage throughout the Commonwealth.

PA-Sen: Q1: Toomey Raises $2.1M, Has $7.3M COH: The state’s junior Senator continues to build up his warchest in anticipation for 2016.

HD-87: Grell to Serve as PSERS Executive Director: The move will leave a vacancy in the State House.

Tracy Nabs Endorsement of Philadelphia FOP: The city’s police union announced its support for the Republican City Council At-Large candidate.

PA State Troopers Association Endorses Correale Stevens for Supreme Court: Stevens has served as an Associate Justice on the court since 2013.

Statewide
StateImpactPA: DEP To Hold Public Hearing on New Drilling Regulations
StateImpactPA: With Shale Boom, U.S. Expected to Become Net Energy Exporter
StateImpactPA: In New Jersey, Open Space Sacrificed for Cheaper Natural Gas
State House Sound Bites: Leading Lawmakers Leave Kane’s Fate to the Courts
State House Sound Bites: Inching towards a Schedule, If Not a Budget Deal
PLSReporter: Reed: No Republican Support Exists for Wolf’s Budget Plan
PLSReporter: Combined Reporting Hearing: Partisan or Educational?
PLSReporter: Pending Contingencies, Rep. Grell to Leave Legislature for PSERS

Philadelphia
Attytood: How Pennsylbama Celebrated Equal Pay Day
BoopStats: Citizens Bank Sparse
Inquirer: As Race Builds, Dougherty’s Coffers Grow
Inquirer: Sheridan Kin Plan $250,000 Reward, Reject Findings
Heard in the Hall: Top US Security Chief Meets with Nutter
Philadelphia Business Journal: Small Businesses: Don’t Let Tax Reform Leave us Behind
Philadelphia Business Journal: What to Expect when the Cancer Researchers Come to Town

SEPA
Bucks Local News: 40th Bucks County Designer House and Gardens Inspired by Italy’s Abruzzi Region
Pottstown Mercury: Boyertown Schools Get $3,000 in Tax Issue Settlement
Pottstown Mercury: AP: House GOP Panel Reviews Property Tax Cut Proposal
Pottstown Mercury: AP: PA Lawmakers Eye More Penalties for Faking Military Record
Pottstown Mercury: AP: Audit Finds Wide Mismanagement at Philly VA
Bucks County Courier Times: Lawmakers Renew Push for Delaware River Basin Protections
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County Opportunity Council New Executive Director
Daily Local News: Historical Commission Seeks Landmark Status for Lipkin Building
Daily Local News: Closing Time of 4 AM?
Daily Local News: Oxford Amends Rental Property Inspection Fees
Daily Local News: West Goshen Tables Pumping Station Agreement with Sunoco

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Wolf camp disputes assertion of home-care ‘union ballot’
Post-Gazette: State House Republicans plan tax bill similar to Gov. Wolf’s
Post-Gazette: Controller Chelsa Wagner contends her pay raise is a gender equity issue
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania court weighs legality of law that lets NRA sue to overturn gun control rules
Tribune Review: Wolf order on home care workers illegal, conservative think tank says
Tribune Review: Incumbent coroner, underling seek Dem nod in race of Fayette coroner
Tribune Review: Wagner says she’s fighting opponent and Fitzgerald in campaign
Tribune Review: Call ‘Islamic terrorism’ what it is: a threat to the West, Jeb Bush says
KDKA: Clairton Young People Urge City Council To Change Curfew For The Summer

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: SAFER PA Act heads to Senate
Observer-Reporter: Gov. Wolf names Washington native DCED deputy secretary
Beaver County Times: Nichols defends independent campaign, donation controversy

NEPA
News Item: Lawmakers take look at counter to Wolf’s tax plan
Times-Tribune: Robert Naro seated as Taylor councilman
Times Leader: Another conflict surfaces in Luzerne County Council race
Citizens Voice: Local legislators support tax reform
Citizens Voice: Jimmy Carter makes visit to Wilkes-Barre

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Grell Named Executive Director of Pa. Teacher Pension System
Carlisle Sentinel: Residents, Mayor Visit Dauphin County Commissioners About Sinkhole Funding
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County Court Administrators Are Warning Residents of a “Jury Duty” Scam
Carlisle Sentinel: Lawmaker’s Bill Suggests 4 A.M. Closing Time for Bars in Harrisburg
Carlisle Sentinel: York County Names New Director of Children, Youth and Families
Carlisle Sentinel: No Tax Increases Expected for Mechanicsburg Area School District
Patriot-News: Former Mayor Reed’s Grand Jury Week Appearance Is Swift And, Publicly At Least, Silently
Patriot-News: Dauphin County Commissioner on Harrisburg Grand Jury: “I Can’t Say a Thing. I’m Under a Gag Order
Patriot-News: What Does Pa. Get for Its Investment in State Universities? Robots, Jobs and Oh Yeah, Education
Patriot-News: Second Chance – But Not Forgiveness – Available for People Hit With Obamacare Fine
Patriot-News: Harrisburg Letter Answers Questions, Is ‘Good Step Forward’ for Sinkhole Funding
Patriot-News: ‘A Very Good Challenge’ Awaits Rep. Glen Grell as New Head of School Pensions Systems
Daily Record: Wolf, Lawmakers Start Talking About State Budget
Daily Record: Steve Nickol: Switching from Pension to 401(K)-Type Plan Would Cost Taxpayers More
Daily Record: Veterans Seek to Transition to Civilian Careers at Job Fair
Evening Sun: Report: Secret Service Heads to Gettysburg Airport
Intelligencer-Era: State Legislature Declares 2015 the Year of the Pennsylvania Barn
Intelligencer-Era: Affordable Housing: A new Loan Fund to Chip Away at Dire Shortage in Lancaster County, South-Central, Pa.
Intelligencer-Era: Naloxone Already Saving Lives from Heroin Overdoses in Pennsylvania
Intelligencer-Era: Harrisburg City Council Passes Resolution Calling for Safety of Oil Trains
Lebanon Daily News: Cornwall, Municipal Authority Come to an Agreement of Sort

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Budget Negotiations Heating Up
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Casino Table Games Raked in Record Revenue in March
Morning Call: Lower Macungie Could Be in for Sweeping Voting District Changes
Morning Call: South Whitehall Seeks Cleanup Volunteers
Morning Call: Parental Dilemma: Take Your Child to Work or PSSAs?
Morning Call: Last Call for Pa. Bars at 4 A.M.?
Reading Eagle: Berks County Judicial Candidates Participate in Forum
Reading Eagle: Exeter Woman Seeks District Judge Post
Reading Eagle: Delays Likely to Continue at Philadelphia’s Veterans Affairs Office
Reading Eagle: Congressman Ryan Costello Speaks with Pottstown Students
Express-Times: Upper Mount Bethel Township Supervisors Debate Authorization of Roofing Work
Express-Times: Nazareth Councilman Expresses Frustration Over Parked Cars Blocking Driveways
Express-Times: Could a 4 A.M. Bar Closing Time Keep Millennials in Pennsylvania?

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Gricar Left Lasting Legal Legacy in Centre County
Centre Daily Times: Former Centre County Assistant District Attorney Karen Arnold Calls for Legal Scrutiny of Bruce Castor Appointment
Onward State: Economics Students and Professors Argue About Weed at Annual Debate
Sun-Gazette: Board Stands by Building Plan
Sun-Gazette: Wellsboro Will Extend Debt for New Stadium
Sun-Gazette: Loyalsock Twp. Well Site Approved
Sun-Gazette: Montgomery Snow Ordinance Enacted
Sun-Gazette: Treasurer: Contractor Wants to Hunt for Business Tax Dodgers

Opinion
Daily News: All Work and Low Pay
Inquirer: Telling Silence in Sheridan’s Case
Pottstown Mercury: President Lincoln’s Legacy Recalled
Bucks County Courier Times: An Opening for US-Cuba Relations
Observer-Reporter: Be very wary of state officials bearing gifts
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Making our schools safer

Blogs
Citified: Council Candidate Pushing $15/hr, Minimum Wage Only Playing $2.86/hr
Citified: Lynne Abraham: Down But Hardly Out
Citified: Should City Hall Lend Money to Small Businesses?
Citified: The Brief: Finally, A Real Debate About Education Funding
Keystone Crossroads: Quick Facts About Pensions
Keystone Crossroads: For Pa. Small Towns, There Are Better Ways to Manage Pension Plans

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