6/26 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag610Both sides try to frame the budget debate, the PA Commonwealth Court strikes down Act 192 and Gov. Wolf reacts to the Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-Gov: Wolf Seeks to Frame Budget Debate: The Governor’s team tries to set the narrative ahead of the June 30th budget deadline.

Commonwealth Court Strikes Down Act 192: The pro-gun law was rejected by PA’s appellate body.

PA-Gov: Wolf Reacts to SCOTUS Obamacare Decision: The Governor praised the Court for upholding the Affordable Care Act.

HD-161: GOP Nominee Paul Mullen Wins AFL-CIO Endorsement: Democratic nominee Leanne Krueger-Braneky argues that, despite the endorsement, she would be the best candidate for labor.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Passage expected for higher phone fees to fund 911 centers
PA Independent: Pennsylvania Senate uncorks tax break in wine-shipping bill
StateImpactPA: Fracking health complaints received little follow-up from the Department of Health
PLS Reporter: Democrats decry Republican agreed-to budget prospects
PLS Reporter: Sen. Wagner enters budget negotiations
PLS Reporter: VIDEO: Hughes discusses latest on budget
PLS Reporter: VIDEO: Marsico to propose narrow medical marijuana legislation
PLS Reporter: Gun ordinance challenge law declared unconstitutional by Commonwealth Court
Capitolwire: Court tosses out law allowing NRA to sue municipalities
Capitolwire: GOP readies budget bill without Wolf
Capitolwire: Senate Democrats propose their own property tax relief plan

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Clinton cancels Philly fundraiser
Inquirer: Police shootings in Philadelphia plunge
Inquirer: Top city HS gets funds to fuel expansion
The Big Tent: Hillary Clinton cancels Philly fundraiser
WHYY Newsworks: Contemplating Philly’s portfolio school model after a year of closures, openings
WHYY Newsworks: As contract winds down without new deal, Philly newspaper union stages rally [photos]
WHYY Newsworks: Scranton Mayor calls for pension funds to be moved to state management system
Philadelphia Business Journals: City Controller: Philly departments’ lax payroll policies cost city
Philadelphia Business Journals: Gov. Wolf drops state-run insurance exchange plans after SCOTUS ruling (Video)

SEPA
Montgomery News: Polesir appointed to Ambler Borough Council
Daily Local News: PECO criticized for communication breakdowns after storm
Daily Local News: DA Hogan speaks at annual League luncheon

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pa. Senator sponsoring federal bill to combat identity theft
Tribune Review: Stand-alone Confederate flags pulled from Gettysburg Visitor Center store
Tribune Review: Priest sex abuse allegations lead to Pa. AG agents’ search of monastery
Post-Gazette: State senate approves increase in phone surcharge to fund 911 operations
Post-Gazette: DA to seek death penalty for Troy Hill man accused in three homicides
Pittsburgh Business Times: Peduto demands Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority release gaming funds to city
WESA: Scranton officials improperly doubled pension payments to city workers
WESA: GOP preps a no-tax budget, daring Wolf to veto
WESA: GOP grouses over Governor’s new PAC
WESA: Mental health first aid training part of department of corrections changes

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Several local police departments assist in federal drug trafficking investigation
Beaver County Times: Supreme Court ruling means health insurance subsidies safe for nearly 350,000 Pennsylvanians
Beaver County Times: State Rep. Jim Marshall bill to help those with disabilities, their families passes Pa. House
Altoona Mirror: Bill ending seniority-based layoffs passes state House
Altoona Mirror: Challenger to Wozniak announces plan to run
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pennsylvania court rejects law that aided NRA gun challenges

NEPA
Times Leader: Carol Fahnestock elected to three-year term with NAPAHE
Times Leader: Cartwright to hold Town Hall meeting in Plains
Times-Tribune: State audit confirms Scranton’s double pensions not authorized; cost city fund $3M-plus
Times-Tribune: Turn city pension funds over to state
Pocono Record: Pocono Mountain School Board passes budget with tax decrease
Pocono Record: Allentown SD hasn’t improved handling of harassment

South Central
Lancaster Intelligencer: With county Transportation Authority disbanded, its chairman willing to wait and see if projects move ahead quickly
York Dispatch: York County commissioners race cost $163K through primary
York Daily Record: Liquor license bill passes Pennsylvania House, moves to Senate
Patriot-News: Pa. law that allowed gun rights groups to sue cities in unconstitutional, Commonwealth Court rules
Patriot-News: Sen. Scott Wagner given seat at big-table meeting on property taxes
Patriot-News: ‘Now it’s scrap’: Democratic lawmakers celebrate overturned Pennsylvania gun law

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pennsylvania reactions to Supreme Court’s Obamacare subsidies ruling
WFMZ: Elected officials descend upon Allentown for PML Convention
WFMZ: Berks leaders react to court’s Affordable Care Act ruling
WFMZ: Sen. Leach applauds court decision on Pennsylvania gun law
Express Times: Bethlehem, Allentown keep 911 centers in bill sent to Gov. Tom Wolf
Reading Eagle: Health care providers welcome Obamacare ruling
Reading Eagle: Berks officials among those testifying about mental illness straining system

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Health care subsidies survive Supreme Court challenge
Centre Daily Times: Rep. Kerry Benninghoff bill on adoptee rights passes House committee
Centre Daily Times: GOP will have to win White House to repeal Obamacare
Centre Daily Times: Railroads use new oil shipment rule to fight transparency
Centre Daily Times: Supreme Court opens door to housing discrimination lawsuits

Opinion
Inquirer: Pa. First Lady: School funds are No. 1 priority
Tribune Review: King v. Burwell: Affirming ‘SCOTUScare’
Post-Gazette: Talks to end a war: Bombed-out Yemen needs a different life line
Centre Daily Times: Their View: Flagged for removal
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Take debate out of minimum gas well royalty payments
Beaver County Times: Forget the flag, focus on victims
Morning Call: Confederate flag symbolizes intolerance
Times Leader: Invest in state’s school children with plan that restores equity between rich and poor districts
Express Times: Obamacare lives, opposition on life support
Lancaster Intelligencer: Fixing Pa.’s Right-to-Know Law should do no harm
York Daily Record: Investigate reported violation by Reilly campaign
Patriot-News: Investing in our public schools can’t be held hostage to politics: Frances Wolf

Blogs
Citified: How Philly is Trying to Fix Water Main-ia
Citified: How Johnny Doc Almost Took Out Maria Quiñones-Sánchez
Citified: Is Bad Data Costing Philly Millions?
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup June 25: PA Budget Clock Running
Commonwealth Foundation: An Update on Union Contracts
PA Budget and Policy Center: Commonwealth Foundation Doesn’t Understand What Pennsylvania’s Voters Do: We Need More Education Funding
PA Budget and Policy Center: First of Top Five Facts About Drilling and Taxes in Pa.
PA Budget and Policy Center: A Victory for the Health of America: Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act Subsidies in All States

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