6/23 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Scarnati unsure how the Senate will close the deficit, legislators appear far from deal on the budget, and Pennsylvania officials react to the U.S. Senate GOP’s healthcare bill.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Scarnati: Unsure How Senate Will Close Budget Gap: With eight days until the budget deadline, Senate Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati is not sure how legislators will close the $2 billion budget deficit.

State House Sound Bites: Lawmakers appear far from consensus on paying for budget: House and Senate leaders are preparing to work through the weekend as they try to finish budget negotiations before their June 30th deadline. However, they still have little to say about their negotiations. Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman said the House, Senate, and Governor are close to being on the same page on a relatively austere, $31.8 billion spending plan.

Morning Call: Pa. officials react to Senate GOP health care bill: Senate Republicans on Thursday released a draft of the health care overhaul bill they’ve been crafting in closed-door meetings. The legislation would dismantle much of Barack Obama’s health care law, proposing to cut Medicaid and erase tax boosts that helped Obama finance his expansion of coverage. Here’s what Pennsylvania officials had to say about the proposal.

State House Sound Bites: With state searching for revenue, is marijuana a possible solution?
PLS Reporter: House Republicans to float new gaming revenue proposal that axes the local share assessment
PLS Reporter: VIDEO: Sen. Argall talks about his property tax elimination bill
PLS Reporter: Campaign for Fair Education Funding seeks $100 million increase for basic education funding formula
PLS Reporter: State DEP funds set to add electric vehicles to Pittsburgh’s fleet
StateImpactPA: Wolf to veto plastic bag bill despite bipartisan support

Inquirer: At Philly DA Seth Williams’ trial, benefactor testifies ‘it’s good to know someone in power’
Inquirer: Philadelphians could be on the hook for political campaign expenses
Inquirer: Kenney to Trump administration: Our sanctuary-city policies are legal
Inquirer: Philadelphia Council bill would mandate affordable units in every development
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pennsylvania lawmakers appear far from consensus on paying for the budget
KYW Newsradio: City Argues It Complies With Federal Immigration Law In Response To Homeland Security
BillyPenn: The scene from the Toomey healthcare protest
BillyPenn: Council votes 16-1 in favor of Rebuild
BillyPenn:  Squilla takes a dip, in a shirt and tie, to celebrate Philly pools being open
WHYY Newsworks: ‘I’m thankful for our friendship,’ Philly DA once said of key witness in corruption case
WHYY Newsworks: Medicaid a flashpoint for Pennsylvania in U.S. Senate health bill
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. may make it easier for non-violent criminals to get a fresh start
WHYY Newsworks: With state searching for revenue, is marijuana a possible solution for Pennsylvania?

Bucks Local News: Neshaminy School Board adopts $181.6M final budget for 2017-18; includes 2.5-percent property tax increase
Montgomery Media: Lansdale council votes to seek second set of trash hauler bids
Bucks County Courier Times: Area health care organizations, officials react to Senate Republicans’ health care bill
Bucks County Courier Times: Bristol Borough school board approves final $23.5 million budget for 2017-2018
Pottstown Mercury: Local applicants question medical pot permit process

WESA: With State Searching For Revenue, Is Marijuana A Possible Solution?
Post-Gazette: Days from the deadline, budget indecision in Pa.
Post-Gazette: New law would allow some Pennsylvania students to finish high school without Keystone exams
Post-Gazette: Senate passes legislation that could ease lead water line replacements in Pittsburgh
KDKA: Toomey Noncommittal But Upbeat About Senate Health Care Bill
KDKA: Auditor General Slams Penn State For High Tuition, Admission Bias Against Pennsylvanians
Tribune Review: Audit: Penn State most expensive public university in Big Ten conference
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania stands to lose $4.5B for Medicaid under Senate health care bill
Tribune Review: Toomey calls GOP health plan a good start; Casey calls it a ‘disaster’
WPXI: Health care bill protesters spending night outside Sen. Toomey’s office

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County leaders pass resolution in opposition of proposed state budget
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County commissioners approve 2016 audit report
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Vote set on Johnstown school budget
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: New law eases test pressure on vo-tech students
Altoona Mirror: Blair departments seek raises
Altoona Mirror: Opinions on health care bill fall mostly along party lines in Pa.
Beaver County Times: Monaca to vote to support Paris climate accord
Beaver County Times: As Democrats blast Senate GOP health-care plan, Toomey says it’s a ‘constructive first step’

Times-Tribune: Green Ridge residents living near planned medical marijuana site say they don’t mind
Citizens Voice: Medicaid a flashpoint for Pennsylvania in Senate health bill
Pocono Record: Toomey noncommittal but upbeat about Senate health care bill
Pocono Record: Wolf lashes Senate health bill as even crueler than House’s
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre’s general fund balance grows to $10.3 million in May

South Central
Patriot News: Senate bill for Obamacare repeal would ‘destabilize’ Pa. health care system: state official
Patriot News: Take two: Labor & Industry re-launches modernization of jobless benefits computer system
Patriot News: Inside a medical marijuana grow facility: A preview of things to come in Pa.?
Carlisle Sentinel: Auditor faults Penn State’s tuition hikes, admissions record
Carlisle Sentinel: Toomey noncommittal but upbeat about Senate health care bill
Carlisle Sentinel: Wolf signs bill allowing tech students to waive Keystone Exams
York Daily Record: Our new American citizens: It’s a feeling ‘you can’t explain’
LNP: Pipeline court fight: 7 Lancaster County property owners still refusing to give up land for project
LNP: State House and Senate bills aim to protect animals left in hot vehicles

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: 5 things to know as Senate Republicans unveil their health care bill
Reading Eagle: Senate GOP releases bill to cut Medicaid, alter Obamacare
Reading Eagle: Casey, Toomey clash on health care plan
Reading Eagle: Berks County residents could see tax hike in 2018
Express Times: Senate GOP unveils ‘Obamacare’ overhaul, but not all aboard

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: The Latest: Trump says Comey-Mueller friendship ‘bothersome’
Centre Daily Times: Senate passes marijuana bill calling for revisions to law
Centre Daily Times: US officials to lift Yellowstone grizzly bear protections
Erie Times-News: School Board OKs small tax increase, Collegiate tuition hike
Erie Times-News: Erie County’s population aging, more diverse

Times-Tribune: It’s your environment, after all
Times-Tribune: Bill weakens opioid fight
Pocono Record: Opinion: Governor should be allowed to choose running mate
Patriot News: Lawmakers should pass per-capita fee for state police protection
Patriot News: Eight days out from the #PaBudget deadline, it’s getting real
Patriot News: It’s time for Pa. to stop papering over its budget holes: Frank Dermody
Carlisle Sentinel: Free speech isn’t always a tool of virtue
Carlisle Sentinel: Verify First Act would protect taxpayer dollars
LNP: A budget by microwave does Pennsylvania no good
Reading Eagle: Secretive crafting of health care bill raises bipartisan concerns
Centre Daily Times: What does Medicaid mean to you?
Daily News: Trump again shows his mastery…of misdirection and fraud
Daily News: Rebuild program is an investment in city neighborhoods
Inquirer: Senate Republicans’ Trumpcare bill just as bad as the House’s
Bucks County Courier Times: Budget dreams unlikely to come true
Tribune Review: Medical records funding: A predictable outcome
Post-Gazette: At the source: Makers of opioids deserve scrutiny from state AGs
Erie Times-News: Our view: Pa. finally gives abused animals the protection they deserve

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