4/4 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Maryland wants Pennsylvania to reform redistricting, House Republicans introduce a budget, and Pence to speak at Grove City College.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Maryland to Pennsylvania: You First: Maryland puts the pressure on Pennsylvania to reform its redistricting, saying it will enter a pact with Pennsylvania and four other states to change how districts are drawn.

House Republicans to Propose Budget Today: PoliticsPA has learned House Republicans will introduce its budget today, kicking off the messaging battle heading into budget negotiations.

Pence to Speak at Grove City Commencement: The Vice-President’s second visit to Pennsylvania since the election will be to Grove City College.

Statewide
Capitowlire: House panel reports out new liquor privatization bills.  
Capitolwire: House Republicans unveil their 2017-18 budget proposal, spending less next year than the current year.
Capitolwire: House committee advances revised temporary UC funding bill.
Capitolwire: Advocates continue push for child abuse statute of limitations bill.
State House Sound Bites: House GOP fast-tracking austere budget proposal
State House Sound Bites: Admin clashing with lawmakers, advocates over mandatory minimums
StateImpact: EPA union fights back on Trump’s planned budget cuts

Philadelphia
City & State: House Republicans set to push through $31.52 billion budget this week
City & State: No election, no problem: Philly City Council raised $2 million in 2016
City & State: US Senate vote throws PA private-sector retirement plans into chaos
Inquirer: Lynne Abraham sues to have DA Seth Williams removed from office
Inquirer: With ‘action guides,’ Philly mayor’s office takes aim at Trump policies
Inquirer: House GOP offers leaner Pa. budget; Dem leader says it ‘cuts into bone’
Inquirer: Pa. lawmakers poised to reignite battle over controversial child sex-abuse laws

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsylvania gender pay gap visible in public school salaries
Bucks County Courier Times: Perkasie to oppose district court closure
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks contingent joining rally to protest Wolf’s plans for drug and alcohol programs
Bucks County Courier Times: Upper Makefield to revise recycling law to go after lost $19,000 grant
Delco Times: Students party before grueling PSSA tests
Pottstown Mercury: Rep. Costello: Obamacare problems won’t disappear, but will worsen
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. American Water gives 10 Montgomery County fire departments grants

Pittsburgh
KDKA: New Bill Would Allow Grocery & Convenience Stores To Sell Hard Liquor
Tribune Review: Running for governor? Rep Mike Turzai starts to sound like a candidate
Tribune Review: 5 Pa. universities could face layoffs in 2018
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh: We’re the 19th-most livable city, but that’s pretty good, survey company says
Post-Gazette: Republicans in Pa. House advance bills to expand liquor sales
Post-Gazette: Gorsuch wins approval from Senate panel as Democrats claim votes, setting up ‘nuclear option’ showdown
Post-Gazette: State House may vote Tuesday on trimmed-down budget

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioners: Candidate for deputy solicitor’s position accepts job
Beaver County Times: PA House committee approves bills expanding liquor purchasing options
Altoona Mirror: Bit by bit, Trump methodically undoing Obama policies
Altoona Mirror: Senate panel to vote on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee
Altoona Mirror: Congress seen as not likely to pass tax overhaul quickly

NEPA
Times Tribune: Casey outline policies at Scranton town hall meeting
Times-Tribune: Scranton teachers to keep current health insurance
Citizens Voice: Pennsylvania House GOP plan doubles down on spending cuts
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre Area seeks new ways to share consolidation plans with public

South Central
Patriot News: Two new bills loosening Pa. liquor sales rules win committee approval in state House
Patriot News: Harrisburg school district questions millions given to Harrisburg University
Patriot News: House Republicans “build” on Gov. Wolf’s budget proposal by cutting $815 million in spending
Patriot News: Heroin crisis escalates; Dauphin County schedules new series of town halls
Patriot News: Missed legal deadline could cost company big bucks in land condemnation fight with PennDOT
York Daily Record: West York moves closer to reducing marijuana penalties
York Daily Record: Watch: West York votes to advertise marijuana ordinance
York Daily Record: Learn how gerrymandering is done in Pa.
York Dispatch: West York approves temporary lease for York City HRC
York Dispatch: Spring Grove school board approves preliminary budget
York Dispatch: House committee OKs unemployment compensation bill — with strings
Lancaster Intelligencer: Pennsylvania resisting federal efforts to end Chesapeake Bay cleanup, climate-change pollution
Roxbury News: Harrisburg City Council – April 3, 2017

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Bethlehem launches committee to revive North Side neighborhoods
Morning Call: Q&A with Allentown mayoral candidates: Should the city’s property tax be raised?
Reading Eagle: State Sen. Judy Schwank calls for review of Laureldale cleanup
Reading Eagle: Veteran police officer seeks to put experience to work behind bench
Reading Eagle: ACLU files legal motion to defend Boyertown School District
Reading Eagle: Boyertown Borough Council agrees to sell property to museum
Express Times: Local pharmaceutical packager purchased for $14M

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Penn State trustee explains controversial remarks
Centre Daily Times: Penn State might become a smoke-free campus
Erie Times-News: Race for county executive | Davis touts military, business experience
Erie Times-News: Panel skeptical of Trump’s economic hopes

Opinion
Tribune Review: The Gorsuch gamble: Choose wisely, Dems
Bucks County Courier Times: A good idea or meddling?
Patriot News: Help me get Al Lord ousted from PSU’s Board of Trustees: Rep. Peter Schweyer
Inquirer: Commentary: Let’s get the facts on Philly tax abatements
Inquirer: Commentary: Numbers show that tax abatements benefit city
Inquirer: Commentary: Nuclear plants need to be part of Pa. energy mix
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Witnesses’ fear of seeing photos on social media has been eased
Daily News: Daily News Editorial: Trump’s reckless reversal
Post-Gazette: Here comes the justice: Democrats take a stand on Gorsuch, for naught
Post-Gazette: A beverage tax is the wrong way to fund universal pre-K

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