6/16 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag610Wolf backs off of Arneson yet doubles down on Brown, we provide a breakdown on how PA Congressmen voted on TPA/TAA and Rafferty makes it official. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-Gov: Wolf Says Arneson Can Stay…For Now: The Governor reinstates Arneson, but he is not dropping his appeal.

Breakdown of PA Delegation Votes on Trade Bills: Pres. Obama’s trade package hangs in the balance after two separate votes in the House.

PA-Gov: Wolf Announces Brown Will Remain Until Replacement is Chosen: Despite the fact that he has withdrawn (and been rejected), Marcus Brown will stay on as Acting Police Commissioner.

More Details Released for Rafferty’s Official Campaign Announcement: A time is set and more speakers are revealed for the June 17th event.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Gov. Wolf addresses two potential non-budget distractions
Capitolwire: Medical cannabis debate still raging despite General Assembly’s budget fever
PLSReporter: Marcus Brown saga ends as Acting Commissioner withdraws name from further consideration
PLSReporter: PlanCON reform urged by public school officials
PLSReporter: Republicans claim agreement reached on structural deficit; administration says conversations are ongoing
State House Sound Bites: “Time to move on”: Wolf’s state police pick to step down
WITF: Volvo losing state funding after failing to create promised jobs
WITF: Pa. Fact Finder: Is Sen. Scott Wagner right about public workers’ high benefits?
WITF: Bill to allow hunting with semi-automatics gets mixed review
WITF: Wolf marches in first Philly gay pride parade as governor

Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Education Advocates Begin Statewide Tour to Pitch for Funding
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania Approves Area’s First Private School for Gifted Students
WHYY Newsworks: Cheers and tears at Philly LGBT Pride festival
CapitolIng: Ex-Rep Gerlach to lead political group for business
Inquirer: Former Philly cop gets prison term for DUI death
Inquirer: Newlyweds sue Amtrak over train crash
Philly.com: State senator to run for Pennsylvania attorney general (AP)

SEPA
Daily Local News: State lawmakers’ ‘reform caucus’ touts proposed gift limits
Bucks Local News: Bucks County state lawmaker introduces legislation to address skyrocketing federal flood insurance premiums; bill would create task force to investigate relief measures
Delco Daily Times: Youngsters get inside look at law enforcement
Bucks County Courier Times: New president for Hatboro Council

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: Jeb Bush says economy can grow by 4% every year if he’s elected president (VIDEO)
WESA: Government Reform Caucus Supports Partial Gift Ban
Tribune Review: GOP Congressman Shuster calls for FAA to spin off air traffic control
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania Republicans pushing bill to deny welfare to drug dealers

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Beaver County plans to request CDBG funds for projects
Beaver County Times: Pennsylvania releases opioid prescribing guidelines for dentists
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Bill to allow hunting with semiautomatics gets mixed review

NEPA
Standard Speaker: City council to consider airport expansion
Pocono Record: Bill might allow slots in OTBs, other locations
Times Leader: New poll shows majority of Pennsylvanians favor fracking
Times-Tribune: NEPA medical costs are down

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle school district nixes investigation into second solar power array
Patriot-News: Lower Dauphin School Board passes final budget with no tax increase
Patriot-News: Senate votes to delay use of state tests as graduation requirement
Lancaster Intelligencer: What could a new school funding formula mean for Pennsylvania?
Lancaster Intelligencer: Feds: Pennsylvania ‘substantially off track’ in Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts
York Daily Record: Video: Reflecting on chemical runoff passing Susquehanna retreat

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Easton Area School Board to vote on shifting 5th graders to elementary schools
Morning Call: Bill would allow PA hunters to use semiautomatic rifles
Reading Eagle: Caltagirone pushes video poker to boost economic development
Express Times: Bethlehem school tax bills to rise by 2.9 percent
Express Times: Allentown counts fewer murders, more rapes in 2014 crime report

North by Northwest
Campaign ’15 Erie: Arneson gets job back during Wolf’s appeal
Centre Daily News: Former State College officer charged in police department evidence theft
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Prison employees weigh in on firings

Opinion
Patriot-News: The best way to fight hate speech? More and better speech
Patriot-News: How far will Pa. press its luck with online gambling?
Inquirer: Last taxpayers out, shut off lights
Philly.com: Organizing the GOP field
Bucks County Courier Times: More for pensions, less for students
Altoona Mirror: SS gaffe demands answers
Wayne Independent: Matthew T. Mangino: Rethinking bail: Protecting the public and the pocketbook
Standard Speaker: Congress should approve all of Frack Pack’s bills
Times Leader: Pennsylvania pays too much – $720 million – in investment fees for pension funds
Tribune Review: Air traffic control: Privatize it
Post-Gazette: Art of the deal: The state wins if Wolf and the Senate compromise
Post-Gazette: Main Street’s revenge: Obama must rethink the fast-track trade proposal

Blogs
Keystone Crossroads: What is the purpose of the Pennsylvania Basic Education Funding Commission?
Citizens’ Call: Boyle Votes No on ‘Fast-Track’ as Trade Bill GOes Down to Defeat
Citified: You’re Not Imagining It: Water Main Breaks are on the Rise in Philly

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