6/17 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Pileggi signals the legislature might miss the June 30th deadline, the PA Democrats hit Corbett over budget struggles and the PA GOP Congressional delegation is banding together on the vote for House Majority Whip. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Pileggi Suggests Legislature Will Miss Budget Deadline: The PA Senate Majority Leader declared that he is not expecting to finish the budget plan before the end of the fiscal year.

PA Dems Hammer Corbett on Budget Mismanagement (VIDEO): The PA Democratic Party released a video criticizing Gov. Corbett’s budget strategy.

PA GOP May Band Together for Whip Vote: Pennsylvania’s Republican Representatives will meet tomorrow to discuss voting in a block for House Whip.

Fitzpatrick’s Fostering Innovation Act Passes Committee (VIDEO): Rep. Fitzpatrick is promoting his small business bill which recently passed through the Financial Services Committee.

Statewide
State House Soundbites: Trade group says survey links drug use to job vacancy
PLS Reporter: House says true liquor privatization necessary for revenue generators
PLS Reporter: Pension reform stalls again Monday as Senate considers taking up issue
PLS Reporter: Little progress on budget, increased likelihood of missing June 30 deadline
Capitolwire: Who runs away first, Corbett or GOP legislators … and can either afford to do that?
StateImpactPA: Do not disturb: what can drillers do with new forest leases?
StateImpactPA: Survey: public distrusts gas industry and anti-fracking film, Gasland

Philadelphia
Commonwealth Confidential: Corbett signs regional pact to address Chesapeake Bay health
PhillyClout: Commonwealth Court rejects suit by SugarHouse investors
Inquirer: “Incorrect bookkeeping” may plague local VA facilities, Meehan says
Inquirer: Gay rights advocates rally for Pa. nondiscrimination legislation
Inquirer: Area counties’ Shale impact fees up 15.5%
WHYY Newsworks: 50,000 lose jobless benefits for not signing up on Pa. employment site
Phillynow.com: PA Lawmakers ‘frustrated,’ ‘embarrassed’ at lack of LGBT nondiscrimination law

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks Democrats moving next door to Bucks Republicans
Daily Local News: Documents opposing Sunoco pipeline submitted
Daily Local News: Caln nets $1 million in authority deal
AP: Pa. pols ready to do battle over budget
Montgomery Media: VIDEO: U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan visits Horsham VA clinic flagged for review

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Political analysts say tussle over Pennsylvania party chair could hurt Dems
Tribune Review: VA volunteer can’t sue over Legionella, government argues
Post-Gazette: Peduto names task force on public education in Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh faces tough choices in future budgeting
Early Returns: Pa. House GOP leverages clout
KDKA: Pres. Obama To Focus On “Make It In America” On Tuesday’s Pittsburgh Trip
City Paper: Short Honeymoon: With the ban on same-sex marriage removed, nondiscrimination is the next battle for “full equality”
WTAE: Woman’s violent confrontation with cop at Pittsburgh PrideFest under investigation

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Police seize over 150 stamp bags of heroin from Ambridge home
AP: Income gap widens as American factories shut down
Altoona Mirror: Lawmakers worry about drones’ impact on hunting, fishing
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pa. food haulers scrutinized

NEPA
The Times Leader: Barletta: Obama impeachment ‘probably could’ pass in House, not Senate
Times-Tribune: Two NEPA lawmakers tackle big issues
Standard Speaker: New borough police station near
Pocono Record: Trooper shortage cause for concern

South Central
Roxbury News: Governor Corbett asks for federal intervention in response to SEPTA strike
York Daily Record: Central York votes 6-3 to approve budget with 2.6% tax increase
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. lawmakers preparing for July budget vote
Harrisburg Patriot: Efforts to end LGBT discrimination get endorsements from faith and business leaders, bipartisan lawmakers
Harrisburg Patriot: Parents who enroll kids in kindergarten can be fined for not ensuring they attend, Pa. supreme court rules

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Supreme court taking up case over LV man’s facebook rant
Reading Eagle: Reading school district budget projections improve
Reading Eagle: Reading residents sue the city and Reading Area Water Authority over fee
Pennsylvania Ave: Pa deficit complicates budget process
Pennsylvania Ave: Environmentalists: Corbett ‘secretly’ opened Allegheny Forest to more logging

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: GOP governors: EPA carbon dioxide rules job killer
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Supreme court rules on ‘straw purchaser’ law
Erie Times: Bizzarro to push for veteran courts
Centre Daily Times: Pa. court: Truancy applies to kindergarten
Centre Daily Times: Government numbers on crude oil train safety don’t add up

Opinion
Philadelphia Daily News: Pest control: Banning debt-settlement companies would be the better way to go
Buck County Courier Times: The wrong speech for graduation
Delco Daily Times: Let’s try healthcare compromise in Pa.
Pennsylvania Ave: Matthew Rozsa: Observations from the primary campaign trail
Observer-Reporter: Greene moving forwarding in providing affordable housing
The Times Leader: Gov. Tom Corbett: Pension reform critical to Pennsylvania’s future

Blogs
Media Trackers: Local Teachers Union President Uses District Email for Politics
Commonwealth Foundation: Spreading the Paycheck Protection Message
Commonwealth Foundation: Union Leaders’ Lobbying Hurts Teachers, Students
Keystone Politics: PA is the Only State Where Local Police Can’t Use Radar to Catch Speeders
2 Political Junkies: The President on Climate Change

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