6/20 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Wolf makes his stance on the budget clear, and Senate Dems leader says the budget will not be balanced.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Wolf Stakes Budget Position Ahead of Deadline: Governor Wolf is looking to push negotiations towards a severance tax, and attacked the House GOP budget that was passed in April.

State House Sound Bites: Top Senate Democrat says the budget probably won’t be balancedAccording to Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, he and other Democrats haven’t so far been party to many of the budget negotiations that are heating up in the Capitol.”There’s only been a handful–not even a handful maybe just a couple–conversations on the budget,” he said. “It’s a little different from previous years.”But based on what he’s hearing, Costa said he’s increasingly concerned this year’s budget won’t be properly balanced.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: Bill to eliminate Keystone Exams gains widespread support in Senate.
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: Credit rating agencies see little impact by SB1 on PA’s pension problems.
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: Costa outlines realistic revenue expectations
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: Concerns raised about changes to teacher evaluations in Keystone Exam elimination bill.
City and State: GOP budget plan to leverage state assets draws mixed reaction
PLS Reporter: Senate approves lead task force, considers legislation to help replace private contaminated water lines
PLS Reporter: Gaming expansion agreement continues slow progress
PLS Reporter: House Democratic Policy committee reviews college affordability, discusses new taxes
PLS Reporter: VIDEO: Rep. Saccone makes “ghostbusting” a priority
State House Sound Bites: Lawmakers considering borrowing money to balance budget
WITF: Jury selection begins in corruption trial of Philadelphia DA
WITF: Suit claims PA “gerrymandered”/Chronic wasting disease moving in PA?

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Philly teachers OK new contract; now, how to pay for it?
Inquirer: Jury selected, Philly DA Seth Williams’ federal corruption trial opens Tuesday
Inquirer: For low-income residents, Philadelphia unveiling income-based water bills
Philadelphia Magazine: Teachers Union to Vote on New Contact With Philly Schools
Philadelphia Magazine: Main Line Family Launches GoFundMe to Cover Deportation Costs
WHYY Newsworks: Casey reintroduces bill banning gun sales after hate crime; Pulse survivor says ‘dig deeper’
WHYY Newsworks: Jury picked to decide Philly DA Williams’ fate
WHYY Newsworks: Seth Williams gets his day in court
WHYY Newsworks: Path to tougher gun controls may lead through states, not D.C.
BillyPenn: University City and the Riverwards experienced an incredible voter turnout increase in the May primary
BillyPenn: Seth Williams’ trial and all the illegal sh*t Philly’s DA is charged with doing

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Spring-Ford teachers authorize strike, continue talks
Bucks Local News: Morrisville Borough awarded $102K federal grant; funds complete purchase of former elementary school property
Daily Local News: Rumor of $100M cut in education budget rattles fair school funding campaign
Bucks County Courier Times: Council Rock’s $233.33 million budget includes $4.6 million for technology
Bucks County Courier Times: GateHouse Media agrees to buy Courier Times, other Calkins properties

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Latest pension bill received little pushback from Pennsylvania unions
Post-Gazette: Medical marijuana grower-processor permit recipients to be named Tuesday
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh-area gasoline prices fall to $2.60 a gallon
Post-Gazette: Protesters urge Pittsburgh Public Schools to stop K-5 school suspensions
Tribune Review: Ending Pittsburgh’s fossil fuel pension investments wouldn’t be easy or cheap
Tribune Review: Fontana lead line replacement bills move forward in Harrisburg
Tribune Review: State university officials push for affordable education
Pittsburgh Business Times: Peduto administration overhauling city’s permitting and approval processes
KDKA: Pennsylvania Tax Amnesty Deadline Day Arrives
KDKA: Former PSEA Leader To Run Against Congressman Tim Murphy

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: Judge rules that Sabot will appear on ballot
Observer-Reporter: City begins repayment to county
Altoona Mirror: AASD sells Wright building
Altoona Mirror: Spring Cove votes for property tax hike

NEPA
Citizen’s Voice: Openings slated Tuesday in district attorney’s bribery trial
The Times Leader: 3 Back Mountain municipalities teaming up for own pollution reduction plan
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County refinance won’t rid county of “swap”
Times-Tribune: Scranton double pensioners sue to regain benefits
Standard Speaker: Cartwright bill targets distressed areas

South Central
Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers want to kiss Keystone Exams and seniority-based layoffs goodbye
Patriot News: Hassell confirmed as Pa.’s next state Revenue Secretary
Patriot News: These are the companies trying to get into the medical marijuana business in south-central Pa.
Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers want to kiss Keystone Exams and seniority-based layoffs goodbye
Patriot News: A stormy day at the Pennsylvania Capitol
The Carlisle Sentinel: Lebo faces more county email questions
Lancaster Intelligencer: Libre’s Law clears Appropriations Committee, moves to Senate for final approval
Lebanon Daily News: Democrats to slow-walk Senate business over health care bill

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Tom Ridge celebrates Pennsylvania’s 20-year-old charter school law
Morning Call: Bethlehem Area School Board approves new teacher contract, budget
Morning Call: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski vetoes term-limit proposal; override likely
Morning Call: Rep. Charlie Dent and local organizations discuss importance of arts and humanities funding
Morning Call: Allentown mayoral candidate Nat Hyman paid law firms who challenged a foe
Reading Eagle: Lawmakers revive bill to eliminate school property taxes
Reading Eagle: Gov. Tom Wolf says House budget would hurt opioid crisis response
Reading Eagle: Ron Southwick: Pension reform deserves praise
Express Times: Allentown mayor vetoes bill putting term limits on his office
Express Times: How these Pa. lawmakers plan to bring fairness to elections

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Rep. Glenn Thompson talks importance of bipartisanship in Congress
Centre Daily Times: Venezuela walks out of Americas summit in Mexico
Centre Daily Times: Tech CEOs visit White House to talk modernizing government
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: EQT buys Rice Energy to create gas drilling giant
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State’s unemployment rate rises for 2nd straight month

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Cough up: Delinquent state taxpayers deserve some shame
Times-Tribune: Bill would protect families from funeral sticker shock
Patriot News: Pa. takes a smart step toward avoiding financial disaster
Patriot News: The Supreme Court is going to hear a case on partisan gerrymandering – That is a very big deal.
The Carlisle Sentinel: Parks, forest, recreation essential to Pa.
Express Times: Let’s stick to the devil we know
Inquirer: An action plan for the Philly region’s infrastructure
Inquirer: Say ‘no’ to bailing out Three Mile Island
Inquirer: People take for granted that some politicians will be corrupt
Bucks County Courier Times: Destroying democracy
Tribune Review: Revising Dodd-Frank: Some necessary neutering

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