6/25 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6We take a look into Gov. Corbett’s first post-primary financial report, our readers think the Democrats were right to re-elect Jim Burn as Chair and we ask whether a budget will pass on time. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PA-Gov: Governor Corbett’s First Post-Primary Financial Report: A deep-dive into Governor Tom Corbett’s latest financial report.

Reader Poll: Will the Budget Pass on Time?: We ask our readers whether the state government will pass the annual budget by the June 30th deadline.

Reader Poll: Three-Quarters Think Dems Right to Re-Elect Burn as Chair: Our readers believe the Democratic Party was correct in its choice of Jim Burn as Chair.

HD-163: Rongione Keeps Ahead of Santora in Money Race: Democratic candidate Rongione outraised Republican opponent Santora by a significantly wider margin this month than in the last filing period.

Statewide
PA Independent: After idling, ‘paycheck protection’ kick-started in House
Capitolwire: House GOP spending plan leaves out Corbett’s Ready to Learn block grant
Capitolwire: House GOP proposes $29.1 billion spending plan
Capitolwire: PA House amends bill to include suspensions of some tax credit programs
Capitolwire: Kane did not seek Corbett campaign emails during Sandusky investigation review
Capitolwire: PennEnvironment water pollution study doesn’t measure fracking impacts, but the DEP does
Capitolwire: Paycheck protection bill voted out of committee; future consideration uncertain
Capitolwire: ‘No direct evidence’ politics at play in Corbett’s Sandusky investigation, Kane review states
PLSReporter: Capitol Quick Hits for 6.24.14
PLSReporter: VIDEO: Pileggi gives budget update; discusses liquor reform, pensions
PLSReporter: Governor helping promote House pension plan to reluctant legislators

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: How does Pennsylvania’s distressed communities law (Act 47) work?
WHYY Newsworks: Acting VA secretary delivers reassurance, hope and ‘tough love’ to regional VA directors
WHYY Newsworks: Superintendent Hite: Pa. not providing Philly kids a ‘thorough and efficient’ education
Commonwealth Confidential: House panel passes $29.1 billion budget bill
PhillyClout: Darrell’s developers: Love him, hate him, donate to him
The Inquirer: State Police chief assails Kane over Sandusky claims
The Inquirer: Sandusky probe report less critical than Kane, who makes new charges
The Inquirer: Debate continues as Pa. budget deadline nears
PA Independent: House committee approves amended ‘paycheck protection’ bill

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Daniel Boone School Board approves $53M budget with no tax increase
AP: Audit: Pa. welfare payments linked to dead people
Bucks Courier Times: Bristol Township schools to vote on final budget Wednesday
Bucks Courier Times: PA Senate approves McIlhinney study on poverty
The Intelligencer: Doylestown resident wins prestigious EPA award
Daily Local News: New Coatesville schools superintendent keeps ears open
Daily Local News: Coatesville approves payback of tax anticipation note

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: DEP Secretary: Severance tax could impact natural gas production – and don’t discount benefits of impact fee (Video)
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh council passes Act 47 plan
Tribune Review: More than $200,000 in welfare benefits given to dead Pennsylvanians, audit reveals
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania tax fraud crackdown focuses on expense claims
AP: Pa. panel OKs $29.1B budget plan assuming privatization of liquor stores
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County adjusts benefits policy to include same-sex couples
Post-Gazette: Congress probes issues hindering VA health care
Early Returns: Lawmakers get taken for a ride
KDKA: Former Prosecutors Say Kane Wrong That Sandusky Victimized Others While AG “Slow-Walked”

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Kane: Sandusky prosecution too slow
Altoona Mirror: Spring Cove raises taxes
Observer-Reporter: County Democratic Party, former chairman, scheduled to go before Superior Court
Observer-Reporter: Neuman reintroduces bill to crack down on phishing
Observer-Reporter: Residents give feedback on proposed Bulger landfill

NEPA
The Times Leader: State hospital waiting list puts Luzerne County inmates in limbo
The Times Leader: AG Kane releases report on Sandusky probe
The Times Leader: Gov. Corbett, State Police respond to AG report
Citizens Voice: County council ready to vote on charter changes
Standard Speaker: Casey backs extending CHIP coverage
Times-Tribune: Scranton school directors accept King’s resignation, receive harsh criticism from president
Times-Tribune: Sandusky report stirs more debate
Times-Tribune: No tax increase for Valley View
News Item: SASD administrators take concessions, cut $40k from Act 93 costs

South Central
The Sentinel: Cumberland County salary board authorizes Collections Specialist Unit for unpaid fees
The Sentinel: NTSB: Pilot said plane ran out of fuel in South Middleton crash
AP: Methodist panel overturns Lebanon pastor’s defrocking
Harrisburg Patriot News: Frank Schaefer: Decision to overturn defrocking is a sign that United Methodist Church is heading in right direction on gay marriage
Harrisburg Patriot News: U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent says Lebanon VA provides good care
York Daily Record: State files order against York Twp. doctor who dumped files
York Dispatch: York City push pays off with business boom
Lebanon Daily News: Rep. RoseMarie Swanger pushes for local police use of radar equipment

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Economic developers to PA House: Don’t cut job creating tax credits
Morning Call: City has competition to buy Queen City land from Brew Works
Reading Eagle: Raid in Reading disrupts two drug organizations operating in three counties
Reading Eagle: Program credited with 24 percent drop in crime in Reading
WFMZ: Improve stormwater management, EPA orders Lehigh Valley municipalities
WFMZ: Bethlehem stops business with company after finding conflict

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie shooting suspect apprehended in city
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Inquiry: Politics kept out of case against ex-coach
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Stream flooding prevention on city radar as cost builds

Opinion
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa. needs to do more to open markets for new therapeutic drugs: Carlo J. DiMarco
York Daily Record: Our take: 4 lessons from the Sandusky case post-mortem
Philadelphia Daily News: DN Editorial: Off the record
Pottstown Mercury: RUTH MARCUS: Tone-deaf Hillary Clinton
Altoona Mirror: Reserve account too fat
Tribune Review: Farm Bureau wrong on EPA’s reinstated water rules
Tribune Review: Coddle Iran, diss Israel: Another U.N. crock
Post-Gazette: Trash country: The city must get tough on fans who dump garbage
The Times Leader: Our Opinion: Attorney General Kane owes public more explanation of Sandusky allegations.
Citizens Voice: Another half-or-less step for municipalities
Standard Speaker: Who pays for this holiday?

Blogs
Keystone State Education Coalition: The depth of the pension crisis facing Pennsylvania’s schools
Commonwealth Foundation: Critical vote advances paycheck protection
Commonwealth Foundation: AFL-CIO convention dues spent on politics
PA Budget and Policy Center: Expanding Medicaid: Close the budget gap. Check. Insure thousands of Pennsylvanians. Check.
Keystone Politics: If PA Dems don’t shake things up with party-line budget vote, they won’t win the State Senate
Keystone Politics: How PA Democrats can push the Republican budget madness right into election season

June 25th, 2014 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 7 Comments

7 thoughts on “6/25 Morning Buzz”

  1. Larry says:

    Another day, another politically motivated gaffe by AG Kathleen Kane. Way in over her head.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140625_State_Police_chief_assails_Kane_over_Sandusky_claims.html

  2. PAIINDY1 says:

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  6. PAINDY1 says:

    If this is Tom Corbett’s idea of putting PATIENTS FIRST in PA, then it is further continuing evidence that we need a new Governor. These talks were always rigged for UPMC. http://www.post-gazette.com/business/2014/06/25/UPMC-Highmark-clarify-agreement.html

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