5/31 PoliticsPA Playbook

House Dems and Republicans expect a quick budget process, and Wagner calls for 67 debates before the November general election.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Both Parties Expect Quick Budget Process in House: With the June 30th budget deadline a month away, both Democrats and Republicans in the state House believe this year’s budget process will be quick.

Wagner Calls for 67 Debates, Wolf Calls it a “Political Gimmick”: Republican Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner called for a debate in each of the states 67 counties, a move Governor Tom Wolf’s campaign called a “political gimmick.”

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Despite lack of progress, higher min. wage advocates see some bright spots
State House Sound Bites: Scott Wagner exiting Senate to focus on gubernatorial bid
State House Sound Bites: PA takes first steps toward regulating legal sports betting
City & State: Emails: Kenney staff worked with groups to shut down soda tax hearing

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Philly Councilwoman Cindy Bass has another plan to raise money for the schools: Cut city budget
Inquirer: Pa. Sen. Scott Wagner resigning his seat to focus on governor’s race
Inquirer: Onetime top Pa. prosecutor pleads guilty to corruption
Philly Mag: Philly’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Is Officially Open in Fishtown
WHYY: Pa. takes first steps toward regulating legal sports betting
WHYY: Progressives gain in Philly’s Democratic Party organization
WHYY: Examining political strategy of ‘divide and conquer’ in Hazleton, Pa.
KYW: Pa. gaming regulators move to set up sports betting

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Pa. gaming board opens door for casinos to seek sports betting certificates
Bucks County Courier Times: Sen. Pat Toomey asks EPA researchers to stop in Bucks while developing plan to deal with PFAS
Delco Times: McGarrigle, Killion hold economic roundtable with chairman of Senate Appropriations Committee
Delco Times: Dinniman vows to fight Sunoco’s appeal of pipelines shutdown
Delco Times: GOP Sen. Scott Wagner resigns post to focus on Pa. governor race

Pittsburgh
WTAE: Pennsylvania Sen. Scott Wagner to resign Senate seat, focus on ‘aggressive campaign’ for governor
Post-Gazette: Sen. Scott Wagner resigning his seat to focus on governor’s race
Post-Gazette: Peoples weighing new water plant to serve Pittsburgh, Mayor Bill Peduto says
Post-Gazette: Port Authority to begin overhaul of light-rail vehicles this fall
Post-Gazette: As construction booms, merger grows carpenters union clout in Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Former Bedford County District Attorney pleads guilty to corruption
WPXI: Gubernatorial candidate quitting Pa. Senate to focus on campaign
Tribune Review: Scott Wagner resigns from state Senate to focus on Pennsylvania governor’s race

Southwest
Herald-Standard: Westmoreland County to go after state, federal disaster funding following rainy months
Beaver County Times: Bernstine wins state House Democratic nod via write-in campaign
Beaver County Times: Allegheny Health Network breaks ground on $20 million cancer center behind mall
Altoona Mirror: Higgins pleads guilty to all charges

NEPA
Times Leader: Toomey, Casey divided over anti-newsprint tariff bill
Times Leader: WB General nurses set to strike Thursday
Times-Tribune: Local developer offers Scranton School District cost savings

South Central
Press & Journal: Mehaffie optimistic state lawmakers will act in time to save Three Mile Island and other nuclear plants
Carlisle Sentinel: Wagner floats 67-county debate tour, but Wolf isn’t biting
Patriot News: One year later: Officials still torn over whether to save TMI from shut down
Patriot News: Scott Wagner to resign from Senate to focus on bid to be Pa.’s next governor
Patriot News: Former Pa. DA accused of tipping off drug dealers in exchange for sex
Patriot News: Judge hits ex-Pa. House Speaker John Perzel with new $1M restitution order on corruption convictions
Patriot News: Toomey calls for tighter Medicare, Medicaid monitoring of opioids
WHTM: Scott Wagner resigns from state senate
LNP: Salaries, perks and bonuses for Lancaster County’s 17 superintendents
LNP: Senate passes legislation by Ryan Aument targeting effectiveness of standardized tests

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Mifflin students recognized for voter registration efforts
WFMZ: New tariff forces newspapers to cut back on employees, pages
Morning Call: State Sen. Scott Wagner to resign to campaign full time for governor
Morning Call: Charlie Dent signs on with international law firm
Reading Eagle: Toomey, Casey disagree on tariff remedy PRINT Act

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Mental health issues stand out at Erie school safety meeting
Erie Times-News: Toomey backs suspension of newsprint tariff
WICU: Mental health leads school safety forum with state, local leaders
WICU: Wagner to resign State Senate seat to focus on governor’s race

Opinion
Inquirer: Billions of your tax dollars feed growing school reserve funds | John Baer
Inquirer: Pennsylvania courts should clean their own house | Editorial
Inquirer: Don’t nuke consumers’ wallets by bailing out uncompetitive power plants | Opinion
Tribune Review: Roseanne deserved to be dumped
Post-Gazette: The case of Roseanne: Her rants create a ‘teaching moment.’ What to learn?
Patriot News: Wolf and Wagner need to be specific in plans to help the environment | Opinion
Patriot News: Congress needs to work with boroughs, towns to rebuild our infrastructure | Opinion
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Reading agency should cease pointless court battle

One Response

  1. Kenney is terrible. Not surprised he helped organize the silencing of the hearing on the soda tax. Can’t wait for the courts to strike that down.

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