6/17 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag610Kane’s COH is driving around in a car seized from a drug bust, Scott Wagner will introduce Scott Walker and we ask whether Gov. Wolf should remove Marcus Brown as Acting Police Commissioner. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Kane’s Chief of Staff Using Car Seized in Drug Bust: Jonathan Duecker is driving a Mercedes that received $6,000 in repairs using public funds.

Sen. Scott Wagner to Introduce Walker at NRLC: The conservative firebrand will open for the Republican presidential front-runner.

Reader Poll: Should Wolf Remove Marcus Brown?: We ask whether the Governor should recall the Acting Police Commissioner.

Reader Poll: Burn Should Stay as Dem Chair: Our readers support PA Dem Chairman Jim Burn keeping his office.

PA-Gov: CMS Grants Approval for Wolf’s Obamacare Contingency Plan: Governor Tom Wolf has received approval from the CMS to proceed with his plan to protect Pennsylvanians from a possible loss of subsidies.

Statewide
WITF: Pennsylvania gets feds’ OK to run health insurance marketplace
WITF: Municipal authority members stumped at takeover
PA Independent: Drink it up: 10 gifts PLCB booze bosses took from venders
PA Independent: Wolf backs down on two battles with Senate Republicans- for now
StateImpactPA: What happened to 160,000 fracking jobs? Under Wolf, the numbers change
PLSReporter: Farina pushes for Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania
PLSReporter: Tight lips and mixed reactions follow Tuesday budget meeting

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Montco woman gets probation for false swearing
Inquirer: Pa. Senate panel OKs wine home delivery
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Foster Children Given Certain Drugs at High Rate
KYW Newsradio: Staff Cuts and Tax Hikes Are the New Normal for School Districts Across Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Business Journal: Terror threat leads to evacuations at 2 Philly military facilities
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pa. casino revenue up 1 percent in May
Philadelphia Business Journal: 2016 DNC searching for vendors
Philadelphia Business Journal: Lawsuit filed in Philadelphia food truck explosion

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Preliminary public transportation details for Pope’s visit to Philadelphia released
Pottstown Mercury: Shane Montgomery’s death spurs proposed surveillance legislation
Bucks County Courier Times: Middletown supervisors approve $1.68 million road program
Bucks County Courier Times: Veteran-run Warminster business cuts through the junk

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Allegheny County officials discuss concerns over jail health care costs
Tribune Review: Convicted former House member Veon to be released from prison
Tribune Review: DEP seeks $8.9 million fine from Range Resources
Post-Gazette: State Senate passes bill to increase surcharge for 911 funding
Post-Gazette: Shuster wants to turn over air traffic control to nonprofit
Early Returns: Trump jumps in
Pittsburgh Business Times: Small business second only to military in public confidence; guess who ranks last
Pittsburgh Business Times: Fast-track trade bill supporters buy some time in House
WESA: Defeat By Deductible: Millennials Aren’t Hip To Health Insurance Lingo
KDKA: Equal Pay Case Settled Before Trial While Raising Issues For All Women

Southwest
Beaver County Times: RMU Poll: Support for fracking, but concerns as well
Beaver County Times: Matzie offers bill to address honey regulations, identity standards
Altoona Mirror: AMED looks to state for funds

NEPA
Times Leader: Nanticoke could see Act 47 distressed status lifted
Times Leader: Will Luzerne County meet June 30 audit deadline?
Times Leader: Bill would make Medicare cover hearing aids, exams
Times-Tribune: Name-dropping: Scranton poised again to be player in presidential politics
Times-Tribune: Write-ins make more than 70 candidates winners

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: South Middleton school board puts in placeholder for future funds
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland Valley School District talks eminent domain, new soccer coach
Patriot-News: Lawmakers and advocates rally for more disability funding
Patriot-News: Senate committee passes wine-by-mail bill, with changes that Gov. Tom Wolf may oppose
Lancaster Intelligencer: Donegal approves $46 million budget; no tax increase
Lebanon Daily News: North Londonderry recognized for farmland preservation efforts

Lehigh Valley
Capitol Ideas: On trade bill, party-lines divide for local congressmen
Capitol Ideas: Tom Ridge endorses Jeb Bush for president
Morning Call: Bethlehem area taxpayers to see hike
Reading Eagle: City Council, administration talk about potential new fee
Express Times: Easton church could become homeless shelter

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Leading Pennsylvania health official warns of drug abuse crisis
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Input sought on county plan to inventory historic sites
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Muncy adopts budget
Erie Times-News: Table games revenue jumps 8.7 percent in May at Erie casino

Opinion
Inquirer: Northern exposure
Philly.com: Should U.S. spend more on defense?
Bucks County Courier Times: Paying a price for free speech
Tribune Review: Trust & the VA
Tribune Review: The AIG ruling: Fed overreach
Patriot-News: It’s time for Hershey, Girard schools to merge: Peter Shoemaker and Peter G. Scotese
Lancaster Intelligencer: Editorial: A terrible price was paid when man charged with sexual crimes allegedly killed his accusers while he was out on bail
Post-Gazette: Top of the class: Public universities need to curb presidential pay

Blogs
Citified: One Way to Reduce Center City Traffic: Ban Private Cars
Citified: Mayor Darrell Clarke Launches Big, Bold Affordable Housing Plan
Keystone Crossroads: Municipalities in Distress
Keystone Crossroads: In Harrisburg, a Plan to Stall, Change Keystone Exam
Commonwealth Foundation: Examining State Aid for Public Schools
PA Budget and Policy Center: Report Ranks Pa. 23rd Among States, Gives it C+ Grade, for Status of Women
Observer-Reporter: A commonsense proposal on gifts
Times-Tribune: Seek neutral records boss
Pocono Record: OTB slots plan ought to be DOA

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