5/2 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsBlowback from Corbett’s drug test remark continues, as his opponents gear up for 2014. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Biz Groups Defend Corbett Drug Test Remark as Dem Hopefuls Pile On: Applicants failing drug tests – or being unwilling to take them – is a genuine problem for employers, business leaders said Wednesday. They were defending Gov. Tom Corbett from an onslaught of criticism for citing drug tests as a factor in Pennsylvania’s flat job growth rate.

Obama Alum to Join Schwartz Team: Allyson Schwartz continues to build her gubernatorial campaign team. Obama Pennsylvania campaign alum Pat Millham started with the Congresswoman today. Bill Hyers will join in the fall, two Democratic operatives told PoliticsPA.

Statewide
Capitolwire: IFO projects state revenues to be $520 million under estimate by the end of next year
StateImpactPA: The Clean Railroads Act: The Oil and Gas Industry Exemption You’ve Never Heard Of
StateImpactPA: Senate Panel Approves Bills to Expand Natural Gas Services
PA Independent: Revenues up, but not up enough
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: Nine PA reps cited in congressional nepotism report
PA Independent: In an age of hacks, PA Senate addresses data breach security
State House Sound Bites: Some employers see merit in Corbett’s “drug test” comment
State House Sound Bites: Senate bill would restrict sharing of undercover farm footage

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: At Boys Latin Charter, a lesson in watching Philadelphians
WHYY Newsworks: SEPTA stresses safety to halt injuries, fatalities along rails
WHYY Newsworks: See-through bags and beefed up security for Philly’s Broad Street Run
WHYY Newsworks: Study fuels debate over Philadelphia tax break
Inquirer: Corbett’s drug test remark raises complex issues
Inquirer: Legislator wants to limit sharing of agriculture photos
Commonwealth Confidential: It’s that time of the year for elected officials to disclose travel and gifts
Heard in the Hall: Homestead deadline extension gets committee approval
PhillyClout: Nutter urges Broad Street Run fans to leave bags at home
Attytude: Comcast to Philly: Drop dead

SEPA
AP: Business advocates defend Corbett’s comments about drug testing and unemployed
AP: Pa. lawmakers, officials disclose gifts, travel
AP: Pittsburgh mayor behind ads attacking candidate
AP: Pa. senators hear criticism of liquor bills
AP: Corbett nominates Mackereth as Pa. welfare chief
Pottstown Mercury: Veterans criticize choice of interim Montco voter services director
Pottstown Mercury: Montco tax program reports more than $5M in savings, refunds found
Delco Daily Times: Toomey: Senate OK of gun control bill unlikely ‘any time soon’
Delco Daily Times: PRIMARY ELECTION 2013: Delco Bar sizes up Common Pleas candidates
Daily Local News: Senate panel advances armory sale to theater group

Pittsburgh
City Paper: Money Matters: From Act 47 to UPMC, mayoral candidates sound off on city’s financial state
City Paper: Heading for the Hills
City Paper: Embarrassment of Riches: Affluent East End has three strong progressive council candidates to choose from
KDKA: More Fall-Out From Disclosure Of Ravenstahl’s Role In Mayoral Campaign
KDKA: Council Gives Preliminary Approval For New Parking Ordinance
KDKA: Gov. Corbett: Drug Tests Keeping People From Working
KDKA: Ravenstahl Committee Behind New Peduto Attack Ad
Tribune Review: Wagner to Peduto and Mayor Ravenstahl: “Grow up”
Tribune Review: Allegheny County Board of Health hopes to name new director soon
Tribune Review: Bullskin candidates tackle voters’ questions
Tribune Review: Retirement opens supervisor field to 2 Republicans in Unity
Tribune Review: Washington mayor Brenda Davis deals with police chief revolving door
Post-Gazette: Residents share sharp views on gun control with congressman
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania fiscal office projects $520M revenue shortfall
Post-Gazette: Postal Service to remove postal boxes along Pittsburgh Marathon route
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh mayoral candidate Jack Wagner distances himself from ads
Post-Gazette: Bill limits covert farm recordings
Post-Gazette: Governor has 90 days to fill Supreme Court seat left vacant by Orie Melvin
Early Returns: More on Ravenstahl ad buy
Early Returns: Corbett: Unemployed on drugs

Southwest
AP: Gov. panned for linking Pa. joblessness, drug use
Altoona Mirror: District upgrading despite deficit
Beaver County Times: Study: Residents believe health issues related to nearby drilling
Beaver County Times: Landfill rejects radioactive drill cuttings
Observer-Reporter: Pa. game officials create second diseased-deer zone
Observer-Reporter: Councilman Manning’s candidacy in jeopardy
Observer-Reporter: 500 attend DEP hearing on Smith compressor station
Observer-Reporter: MSHA head: Mine safety heading in ‘right direction’
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Rothfus discusses arrests of 3 in Boston

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Candidates can participate in voters guide project
Standard Speaker: CBA files suit seeking $349K for incomplete water system
Standard Speaker: Councilman, mayor debate soliciting new building inspector
Standard Speaker: Senate debates law enforcement role after state stores
Times-Tribune: Corbett panned for linking joblessness to drug use
Times-Tribune: Water company asks for 11% hike
Times-Tribune: DEP: Spill at well site seeps into house, miniature horse farm
Times-Tribune: Region’s jobless rate worst in state three years running
News Item: GOP leads by 2,485 in voter registrations
News Item: Stutts candidate at Line Mountain
News Item: Landlord given 60 days to bring properties up to code
Citizens Voice: Morelli wants to question Griffith before county council
Citizens Voice: PAWC proposes 11.6 percent rate increase
Citizens Voice: NEPA jobless rate worst in state for 3 years
The Times Leader: Flora amends suit for more PD funds
The Times Leader: WBCTC budget set for district approval
The Times Leader: Political Brief
The Times Leader: Free beer? You can bet on it
The Times Leader: Budget shortfall shrinking for WBA
Pocono Record: Penn State to put $20M into its online academy
Pocono Record: Pennsylvania to lay off 100 Labor and Industry employees

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Corbett’s liquor privatization plan on life support
Reading Eagle: Casey asks Italian ambassador to hasten extradition of murder suspect
WFMZ: Sen. Toomey tours elementary school in Allentown

South Central
AP: Jury ends day with no verdict in Philly abortion doctor’s trial
York Dispatch: York City developers can try for tax credits
York Daily Record: 95th District candidates talk York City School reform
York Daily Record: City mayoral candidates talk saving money, budgeting
Intelligencer/Era: Sen. Brubaker plans bill that would require secret recorders of animal abuse to turn over evidence
Intelligencer/Era: School District of Lancaster scholars offered $1.5 million
Intelligencer/Era: Lancaster city cracking down on landlords who rack up, then ignore, code violations
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon Co. DA speaks at Capitol
Lebanon Daily News: Fetus found in Lancaster Co. school, coroner says, teenager arrested
Patriot-News: Charges made against mother of infant found dead in Lancaster Co. high school bathroom
Patriot-News: Drugs, liquor and polls make it a tough week for Corbett
Patriot-News: Harrisburg residents cautiously optimistic to see police foot patrols
Patriot-News: State’s revenue picture not looking as rosy as Gov. Tom Corbett had hoped
Patriot-News: Dauphin Co. considerers loan for low-income housing in Halifax Twp.
PennLive: At Cumberland Co. budget workshop, transportation costs are a matter of concern
The Sentinel: Cumberland Valley School Board candidates seek more representation
The Sentinel: Farnese, Bloom debate gun laws at Dickinson College

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: County presses local municipalities to replace or repair deficient bridges
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Refinancing package in the hands of council
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Administration seeks tougher guidelines for street excavations
Williamsport Sun Gazette: County to cut part-time deputy coroner positions
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Water Fight
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘13 Blog: Lights, camera, action
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘13 Blog: This is only a test
Centre Daily Times: Centre County to transfer aging waiver service coordination to Blair County
Centre Daily Times: Business advocates defend Corbett’s comments

Opinions
Post-Gazette: Means for council: She’s the informed choice for the county’s District 5
Pottstown Mercury: EDITORIAL: Byron York: Loopholes put illegal immigrants on fast track to citizenship
Courier Times: Rare opportunity
Delco Daily Times: EDITORIAL: Senators against gun bill face firing squad
Daily Local News: School police program is costly…but tempting fate could cost more
Reading Eagle: Negotiations on consolidation should be reconvened
Express Times: EDITORIAL: Pa. Supreme Court wrong place to decide judicial age limit
York Dispatch: Internet taxman cometh
Intelligencer/Era: Obama’s pink line
Intelligencer/Era: Bush’s admirable legacy on Africa
Patriot-News: It’s long past time for the sun to shine on Penn State, state-related universities
The Sentinel: Strengthen ‘Right to Know’ laws

Blogs
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Dent to Hold Town Hall in Bushkill Township
Keystone Politics: PMA Head Admits Drugged out Hippies Not a Macroeconomic Issue in PA
Keystone Politics: New Government Reform Caucus in Pa & What They Miss – PA Headlines 2/4 Counterpoint PA 5/1-2/2013

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