5/20 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6A look at how PA’s Congressmen voted on the LGBT amendment, Wolf is mad at Quigley and Toomey continues to hammer McGinty over “sanctuary cities”. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Breakdown of PA Delegation’s Votes on LGBT, Confederate Flag Bills: We take a look at today’s two high-profile votes in the House of Representatives.

PA-Gov: Wolf Angry With DEP Secretary: A new report says the Secretary Quigley has been criticizing the Governor in private communications with environmental groups.

Governing Magazine Projects GOP Likely to Hold Onto Legislative Majorities: The PA State Senate and State House are rated “Likely Republican”.

PA-Sen: Toomey, McGinty Continue Fight Over “Sanctuary Cities” (VIDEO): The Senator introduced an amendment in order to press the issue.

PA-Sen: Toomey Punts on Campaigning with Trump: The Senator doesn’t rule it in and doesn’t rule it out.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Key players join governor’s crusade against state opioid crisis
Capitolwire: Senate committee reports out bill that would expand practice by nurse practitioners
State House Sound Bites: Report says Pa. higher ed funding has been cut 33% in past 8 years

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pennsylvania struggles to fund its state universities
Inquirer: Council uncertain on taxes, not pre-k
Inquirer: Under cross-examination, Fattah’s ex-strategist employs his political skills
Inquirer: Victims in Center-city gay bash file suit
Inquirer: Man behind ‘police abuse’ video arrested, accused of impersonating a cop
Inquirer: Pew study: Less city gentrification than assumed
WHYY Newsworks: Fattah lawyer grills former ally over $1 million illegal loan, repayment
WHYY Newsworks: Philly City Council seems smitten with container tax, but Mayor Kenney not sold
WHYY Newsworks: N.J. may require Uber, Lyft drivers to be fingerprinted   

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: PA will extend ignition locks law to first DUI offense
Pottstown Mercury: Limerick board approves surplus budget
Pottstown Mercury: Phoenixville school officials make another push for $3M construction grant
Delco Times: Man faces charges in Upper Darby check fraud probe
Delco Times: Upper Darby school board avoids tax increase despite $6.5M shortfall
Delco Times: Poll: two-thirds of US would struggle to cover $1,000 emergency
Daily Local News: Gov. Wolf leads roundtable in Delco on heroin awareness
Montgomery Media: Abington School District approves proposed final budget        

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: Washington County adds $163K in tourism funds
Post-Gazette: Brentwood teachers union authorizes strike
Post-Gazette: State regulatory review board rejects PUC’s net-metering limits
Tribune Review: Federal appeals court reconsiders Ten Commandments case in New Kensington
Tribune Review: Pa. college subsidies loss nearly double national average

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Sheriffs join Toomey in asking McGinty to oppose Philadelphia’s sanctuary city policy
Altoona Mirror: Neighbors no OK with club change
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pennsylvania school district $167M in debt; crimes possible

NEPA
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre seeks larger response for banking services, issues RFP
Times Leader: Northwest Area School District adopts budget with tax increase
Times Leader: Nanticoke City Council announces change in real estate tax collectors
Citizens Voice: New overtimes rules could burden county government, local businesses
Times-Tribune: Scranton still pursuing payroll tax to replace business privilege/mercantile taxes
Times-Tribune: County Commissioner Cummings not interested in sensitivity training

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon County Commissioners agree to pipeline groups requests
Carlisle Sentinel: Bloom introduces bill to increase electronics disposal options
Carlisle Sentinel: Teplitz introduces bills to thwart next budget stalemate
Patriot-News: Investigation of Susquehanna Township School District official underway
Lancaster Online: Public funding to higher ed has dropped sharply since ’08 … especially in Pennsylvania
Lancaster Online: Don’t legalize recreational marijuana, Lancaster health summit speaker says

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: PA Judge on Trump’s List of Top Supreme Court Picks
Morning Call: House spending bill passes after fight over LGBT amendment
Morning Call: Northampton County Council harbors doubts over Department of Community and Economic Development
Morning Call: Pa’s largest refugee resettlement program to close next month
WFMZ: Allentown Patriots win legal battle with Mayor Pawlowski
WFMZ: Lawmakers, health officials in Allentown to discuss opioids

North by Northwest
Sun Gazette: Floodplain ordinance amended in Woodward
Sun Gazette: Commissioners discuss money issues
Go Erie: Erie County Health Department to offer cessation program for pregnant women
Go Erie: Badams speaks out against proposed Erie schools cuts

Opinion
Times-Tribune: Mount honest deficit effort
Citizens Voice: Lawmakers should vote for public transparency
Citizens Voice: Close Delaware loophole and enact severance tax
Patriot-News: The one map that explains where teenagers are legally allowed to drink in the United States – Seriously
Post-Gazette: Highmark’s high stakes: The insurer’s suit against the feds is justified
Post-Gazette: Our men from Uganda: Look who’s guarding Americans abroad
Post-Gazette: Thin ice: Another Penguins delay in developing arena site
Inquirer: Schools suffer amid political standoff
Daily News: America could use a platoon of Morley Safers right now

Blogs
Lu-Lac Political Letter: Ed Rendell’s Comments
Commonwealth Foundation: An Easy Way to Give School Budgets a Boost
Keystone Education Coalition: With over half of all US kids attending public schools in poverty, fewer kids could receive free school meals under House bill
Citified: Reynolds Brown: My Container Tax Is Less Regressive Than Kenney’s Soda Tax

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