6/19 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6McGinty supporters raise doubts about Burn’s fundraising abilities, the PA GOP delegation could be a deciding factor in the whip race and the President talks about the economy in Pittsburgh. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

McGinty Supporters Question Burn’s Fundraising Record: In the race for Democratic party Chair, some supporters of Katie McGinty accuse Jim Burn of lackluster fundraising.

PA GOP May Be Deciding Factor in Heated Whip Race: PA GOP’s 13 member delegation may band together to ensure moderation in the wake of Eric Cantor’s loss.

President Obama Visits Pittsburgh, Addresses Manufacturing and Economy: President Obama visited TechShop in the Larimer area of Pittsburgh today to discuss the importance of manufacturing for the future of America’s economy.

Statewide
Capitolwire: House Democrats still feel burned by 2011 policy change
Capitolwire: Post-production royalties bill yielding to budget, other issues
Capitolwire: Legislature’s surplus jumps up to $153 million; spending decreased
Capitolwire: Corbett says pensions before new budget revenue discussions
Capitolwire: Corbett doesn’t rule out a severance tax, doubles-down on late budget stance
Capitolwire: Amendment eases most charter schools’ concerns over special education funding bill
State House Sound Bites: Local speed radar bills stuck in park
PA Independent: State alcohol sale reform caught in ‘Mexican standoff’
PA Independent: Turnpike tolls to rise again next year – and they’ll keep rising
PLS Reporter: Medical marijuana vote coming in final week in June
PLS Reporter: Still no movement on pension, liquor reform
PLS Reporter: House to consider budget amendments Monday

Philadelphia
PhillyClout: Williams convenes grand jury to investigate sting case
WHYY Newsworks: Teamsters, carpenters protest over lost work, but Convention Center is not budging
Inquirer: Sources say Council to propose new borrowing for schools
Inquirer: Fumo asks court for permission to travel
Inquirer: Dougherty raises money, expectations for Clarke at fundraiser
Heard in the Hall: Nutter to lead the PA Municipal League
City Paper: D.A. Seth Williams sends mixed signals on bad convictions

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Pa. House candidate proposes property tax freeze for seniors
Delco Daily Times: Garnet Valley approves budget
Delco Daily Times: Morton approves new hiring procedures
Pottstown Mercury: Pottsgrove adopts $63M budget with 1.9% tax hike
Pottstown Mercury: Video: March against violence promotes Pottstown unity
Pottstown Mercury: PAID gives report for 2013 activities, goals in Pottstown
Daily Local News: Deadline extended for property tax and rent rebate program
The Intelligencer: Manfredi resigns as Warminster manager
Bucks County Courier Times: Neshaminy OKs $174M budget with no tax increase
Bucks County Courier Times: Bristol school taxes might not increase
Bucks County Courier Times: Quakertown nursing home fears Medicaid cuts
AP: Audit shows Pa. legislative surplus grew by $14M
AP: Judge rejects bid to appeal gay-marriage ruling

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Council wants to avoid property tax hike in new financial plan
Tribune Review: ATF traces guns police recovered in Pennsylvania
Post Gazette: Two whistleblowers allowed to continue in lawsuit against Downtown for-profit educator
Post Gazette: Senate committee endorses expanded Right-to-Know rules for 4 state-related universities
Early Returns: McCord hits Corbett on pensions
Pittsburgh Business Times: Corbett could be open to severance tax to shore up state’s finances
KDKA: Sen. Costa Talks Pennsylvania Budget
City Paper: Bill Peduto wants a fitter Pittsburgh … and he’s trying to lead by example
City Paper: A proposed law would make it easier for the mentally ill to be treated, but would it come at the expense of their rights?

Southwest
Beaver County Times: State Supreme Court sides with CCBC in old case
Altoona Mirror: Williamsburg school board approves budget with tax hike
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: County redevelopment authority opens demolition bids

NEPA
The Times Leader: Help agency URS closing its doors today
Times-Tribune: Corbett addresses worsening budget
Citizens Voice: Warrants issued for robbery suspects
News Item: Split vote gives split roles for Northumberland County’s new chief clerks
News Item: Barletta not for impeachment

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News: US judge kills lawsuit challenging Pa’s Sunday hunting ban
Harrisburg Patriot News: Philly DA convenes grand jury to investigate lawmaker bribe case that Kane abandoned
York Daily Record: Obama’s day trip highlights economy, courts donors
Altoona Mirror: Corbett: Pension cuts must come before discussing tax hike
Roxbury News: Harrisburg school district pays $6,667,800 to terminate 2003 RBC swap

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pennsylvania man gets year in prison for threat to kill Obama
Morning Call: Jones halts attempt to challenge Pa. marriage equality decision
Morning Call: Legislature sitting on $154 million surplus
Reading Eagle: Bill could help keep parents of truant kids out of jail
WFMZ: House judiciary committee approves drug overdose immunity bill

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Homeland security confirms arrests, continues investigation after last week’s State College area restaurant raids
Centre Daily Times: GOP rips Obama as he meets with Congress on Iraq
Centre Daily Times: Senators propose 12 cent gas tax increase
Onward State: Public Records legislature clears state Senate committee
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Tax increase vote unanimous

Opinion
Inquirer: A costly pension-reform plan
Inquirer: Pipeline to nowhere?
Philadelphia Daily News: Corbett’s bad-options budget
Philly.com: A costly pension-reform plan
Philadelphia Weekly: Hey, liberal activists—try arguing basic morality instead of wonky bullshit
Reading Eagle: Corbett right to use budget as leverage for pension fix
Carlisle Sentinel: Immigration done the right way
Observer-Reporter: Measured response the right approach
The Times Leader: Court’s same-sex marriage ruling defied Pa. voters and God’s will
Bucks County Courier Times: Out of touch with reality

Blogs
Media Trackers: Liberal Pennsylvania Groups Pushes for Union-Friendly Budget
Keystone Politics: #PABudget: Corbett Unbelievably Screwed
Keystone Politics: #PABudget: Don’t Weep for the Beer Distributors
Keystone Liberty: Pensions Downgrade Pennsylvania Bonds
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup June 18: “School Choice” – In PA Senate, Florida Real Estate Trumps Special Needs Kids
Commonwealth Foundation: End Teacher Bullying with Paycheck Protection
Commonwealth Foundation: RCAP and Corporate Welfare Hurt Pennsylvanians
2 Political Junkies: Scaife Must Be So Proud
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Former Allentown Mayor To Take Reigns of Lehigh County GOP

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