6/24 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Kane releases her report on the Sandusky case, the May jobs report comes in and we take a deep-dive into Wolf’s first post-primary financial report.

PA-Gov: Tom Wolf’s First Post-Primary Financial Report: A deep-dive into Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf’s latest financial report.

Kane Releases Sandusky Report: The long-awaited investigation of the handling of the Jerry Sandusky case was finally released today.

May Jobs Report: Unemployment Hits Five-Year Low: The State Department of Labor and Industry released the monthly jobs report last Friday, which saw the commonwealth’s unemployment rate drop to 5.6%.

SD-24: Hansen Makes Democratic Ballot Through Write-In Votes: Jack Hansen accumulates enough write-in votes to make the ballot for State Senate in the 24th district.

Statewide
Capitolwire: The relative savings argument for the Tobash plan doesn’t appear to add up
Capitolwire: Costs of 401(k)-style pension plan not as much as you might think
Capitolwire: ‘No direct evidence’ politics at play in Corbett’s Sandusky investigation, Kane review states
Capitolwire: Paycheck protection bill voted out of committee; future consideration uncertain
Capitolwire: Kane did not seek Corbett campaign emails during Sandusky investigation review
StateImpact PA: Shell’s proposed ethane cracker could be a big emitter

Philadelphia
Philly Clout: Pa. Senate’s opportunity to make Legislature look better
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. may reconsider sending parents to jail over unpaid truancy fines
WHYY Newsworks: Nascent economic-development coalition talks job creation in Northwest Philly
WHYY Newsworks: What does the next governor of Pa. need to know about your community?
WHYY Newsworks: Local speed radar bills stuck in park in Pa.
WHYY Newsworks: Still short of funds, Philly School District turns its eyes to Harrisburg
City Paper: FBI raids troubled mental health clinic with ties to local pols

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Douglass (Mont.) manager refuses supervisor’s claims, says tax dollars used for campaign signs
Pottstown Mercury: Chesco forum focuses on the importance of communication when a pipeline is planned
The Intelligencer: NH-S board approves teacher contract
The Intelligencer: Montgomery County OKs new labor contract
Delco Daily Times: Demonstrations slated to address gun rights, control
Montgomery Media: Souderton Area School Board approves 1 percent increase in final 2014-2015 budget
Montgomery Media: Lansdale council approves updated agreement with Borough Manager Timi Kirchner
Daily Local News: County Democrats remove Vaughan from top spot

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania among few states to struggle with budget deficit
Tribune Review: Kane: Missteps, ‘inexcusable delays’ in Sandusky investigation
Tribune Review: Licensing rules put suppliers in bind
Tribune Review: Peduto policies could limit tailgating, scrutinize costly purchases
KDKA: $1,800 Coffee Machine Order Leads To Changes In Mayor’s Office
Post-Gazette: Transportation plan calls for $4.7 billion for southwestern Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh to spend $120 million on capital projects
Pittsburgh Business Times: Peduto hires new citywide hospitality manager from Lawrenceville Corp.
Pittsburgh Business Times: Peduto establishes executive order for financial controls
AP: Report: Politics had no role in Sandusky probe

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: State p­ension bill sidesteps funding
Observer-Reporter: Tyler’s reassessment mass mailing heading to Washington, East Washington
Beaver County Times: Creating recreational trails take time, cooperation from railroads

NEPA
Standard Speaker: CityVest judgment returned to Luzerne County courts
Standard Speaker: There’s a $153M surplus in Harrisburg
The Times Leader: Luzerne County officials debate spending of capital bond money
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Court jobs will be advertised on county website
Times-Tribune: Scranton superintendent out in October
Times-Tribune: Dunmore School Board approves budget, tax hike
AP: Pennsylvania budget bill, pension issue unresolved

South Central
AP: Union dues deduction bill advances in Pennsylvania
Harrisburg Patriot News: HACC funding flexibility bill makes its way to Corbett’s desk for enactment
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pension system hearing officer recommends Jerry Sandusky’s retirement benefits be reinstated
York Daily Record: KKK plans Gettysburg rally for June 28
York Daily Record: U.S. justices won’t hear Zachary Witman’s appeal
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Coming this week: A special report on Columbia’s public schools
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon Pipeline Awareness plans info meeting at North Cornwall church on Thursday

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Sen. Casey: Move Qatar World Cup to U.S.
Morning Call: Education for schools on saving energy
Reading Eagle: U.S. Reps. Dent and Gerlach support VA software update
Express Times: Bethlehem mayor reschedules South Side town hall meeting
Express Times: Bangor Area School Board may send solicitor bills to auditor general after being overcharged

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Gov. Corbett’s response to Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s investigation into his handling of the Sandusky case
Centre Daily Times: Centre County prioritizing road, transit projects
Williamsport Sun Gazette: School boards adopt budgets with tax hikes

Opinion
Tribune Review: Those Pa. Turnpike tolls: Up, up & away
Post-Gazette: Dodged a bullet: The Supreme Court narrowly supports a gun law
Altoona Mirror: Consider natural solutions
The Times Leader: Our Opinion: Ridding corruption from Luzerne County requires long-term vigilance
Standard Speaker: Tripled tax doesn’t solve root problem
Harrisburg Patriot News:Kane report on Corbett, Sandusky investigation produces no bombshell but …
York Daily Record: Editorial: Constant turnpike hikes taking a toll
Phillynow.com: On police disregarding weed decriminalization, ‘Philadelphia is definitely not an anomoly’
Bucks County Courier Times: Bungling bureaucrats

Blogs
2 Political Junkies: Scaife must be so proud
Pennsylvania Progressive: Hansen on the State Senate ballot
Citizens Call: Cheltenham Republicans Honor Keri Davenport, Bishop McDevitt grad, and youngest judge of elections
Keystone Politics: People who don’t matter divided over Tom Wolf
Keystone Politics: Coal Mining and Fracking are responsible for less than 0.6% of Pa. employment

June 24th, 2014 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments