6/27 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Wolf comes to Philadelphia, the House passes a budget plan and Troiano is going back to the future. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PA-Gov: Wolf Visits Philly: The Democratic nominee toured a facility aimed at helping residents improve their economic standing.

GOP State Budget Plan Clears House: House Republicans passed their $29.1 billion spending plan for the 2014-15 fiscal year Wednesday.

PA-10: Troiano Aims to Go Back to Protect the Future: Independent hopeful Nick Troiano will tour the 10th District in a 1981 DeLorean in July in an effort to make voters nostalgic for the less-partisan politics of the past.

PA Gas Leaders Discuss Proposed Severance Tax: Leading executives from three PA gas and oil companies talk about their views of the proposed severance tax.

Statewide
Capitolwire: PA sued by Churchill Downs over horse track betting, SEnate moves to address issue
Capitolwire: Senate Democrats take away Scarnati’s ‘Frank Underwood’ moment
Capitolwire: Corbett warns without pension changes, PA credit rating could suffer
Capitolwire Charter school reform bill drops alternative authorizer provision, leadership ‘optimistic’
Capitolwire: Speculation brews over the negotiating power of paycheck protection
Capitolwire: Senate Judiciary approves Ward, a dozen other nominations, amid curt budget deficit
Capitolwire: House sends its budget priorities to Senate amid familiar arguments
Capitolwire: House, Senate energy panels move to make conventional well Act 13 fix
PLS Reporter: Legislature, administration split on whether June 30 budget goal is obtainable
PLS Reporter: Governor demands vote on pension reform
PLS Reporter: Sen. Hughes wants to see the expansion of Medicaid in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Philly black clergy say DA should not have revived sting operation
WHYY Newsworks: Willy Philly delegation “play ball” on budget to win dollars for city schools?
WHYY Newsworks: Some school districts scrap new U.S. nutrition guidelines — and accompanying funds
WHYY Newsworks: Schwartz pushes tax incentive for investment in clean energy innovation
WHYY Newsworks: Tom Wolf has a few (not surprising) budget balancing suggestions for Pa.
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia VA Medical Center gets $500K to improve access
City Paper: Seth Williams distracted from freeing innocent prisoners?
City Paper: New details emerge in FBI raid on Kensington psych clinic
Commonwealth Confidential: Long-awaited pigeon shoot ban set for Senate vote
Commonwealth Confidential: Gov. Corbett to legislature: Show your vote on pensions
Daily News: Nutter denies ticket-fixing accusation
The Inquirer: Point Breeze developer sues Councilman Johnson in federal court
The Inquirer: State top court order puts Phila. teacher seniority rules in limbo
The Inquirer: Sheriff’s contracts violate city agreement

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Energy executives warn against extraction tax
Delco Daily Times: Middletown refinancing 2010 bond issue
The Intelligencer: Court buffer ruling may not impact Warminster clinic
Courier Times: Strouse asks Fitzpatrick to disclose lobbyist activity
Courier Times: Neshaminy board passes controversial Playwickian policy
Pottstown Mercury: Spring-Ford Area School Board finalizes budget for 2014-15

Pittsburgh
Early Returns: Casey urges action on transportation bill
Early Returns: Casey, Hatch bill to help people with traumatic brain injuries
Pittsburgh Business Times: Corbett: Efforts to reach agreement between Highmark, UPMC continue
KDKA: With Congress Stalling, Gap & IKEA Move Ahead To Raise Minimum Wage
Tribune Review: Corbett: Pension reform ‘a taxpayer issue’
Tribune Review: Severance tax on natural gas less likely as state budget talks continue
Tribune Review: Bill would allow sale of Hunt Armory in Shadyside and parcel in E. Liberty
Tribune Review: No crime in Butler County commissioners’ poll visits, DA says

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Blackhawk board approves budget that cuts some staff
Beaver County Times: Budget deficit or not, drilling industry opposes severance tax
Observer-Reporter: Gas industry argues against severance tax in state budget
Observer-Reporter: Suspended cop sues Pittsburgh, mayor
Altoona Mirror: US Supreme Court rules on cellphone searches
Altoona Mirror: AG Kane makes correction about Sandusky claim
Altoona Mirror: Democrats, new leader begin work in Blair County
AP: Corbett defends linking pensions, liquor to taxes

NEPA
News Item: Committee moves Rosini nomination to full Senate
News Item: County sells 35 properties, nets $175k
Times-Tribune: Mid Valley School Board raises taxes 4.12 percent
Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor asks for help and receives it
Times-Tribune: AG finds transportation issues in two Lackawanna County school districts
The Times Leader: Luzerne County invites prospective buyers to tour property
The Times Leader: Luzerne County may be headed for another cash shortfall
Pocono Record: Barrett Paradise Friendly Library seeks tax hikes from two townships
Citizens Voice: County’s cash-flow woes may soon return
Citizens Voice: House kicks budget bill to Senate
Citizens Voice: LCTA OKs budget that includes money previously cut by county
Standard Speaker: HASB will decide on budget tonight
Standard Speaker: Barletta questions surge of children crossing border

South Central
The Sentinel: DLA pledges to keep New Cumberland Army depot workforce informed of staffing plans
The Sentinel: Shippensburg school board approves LERTA proposal, budget with tax increase
AP: Corbett: I’ve never condemned Paterno, ‘never will’
Harrisburg Patriot News: ‘Suburban brothel’ busted in Lower Paxton Township, DA says
Harrisburg Patriot News: Senate committee advances Bring your Gun to Work legislation
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett calls for an up-or-down vote on pension reform legislation
York Dispatch: Attorneys contributed to enigmatic group that sent mailers in York County election

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Lehigh County board continues Cedarbrook inquiry
Morning Call: Heroin addict admits to Palmer Township crime spree
Reading Eagle: Miguel Torres murder trial likely to move out of Berks County
WFMZ: PennDOT: 2 more years of detours around 8th Street Bridge project in Allentown
Express Times: East Allentown plant proposal withdrawn after angry resident response

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Springfield officials hope to save interstate bridges
Centre Daily Times: Penn State President Eric Barron accepts challenge to work with Centre County business community
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Water, sewer agencies expect rate hike looms

Opinion
Harrisburg Patriot News: Hey, Republicans, be Republican and vote against a tax hike: Lowman S. Henry
York Daily Record: Juvenile lifer decision should be retroactive
Tribune Review: Pa. GOP should not raise taxes
Tribune Review: The cellphone decision: A seminal ruling
Post-Gazette: Sporting chance: The PIAA passes a sensible mixed-gender rule
Observer-Reporter: When will Legislature let the sunshine in?
Altoona Mirror: Preparing for another withdrawal
The Times Leader: Our Opinion: Decrease drama at Luzerne County Council meetings; embrace manager’s transparency
Times-Tribune: Thanks, Bob, but we’ll take it from here
Citizens Voice: Corbett’s approach is making state an economic leader
Philly Now: Tonight, let’s discuss how rich people own democracy
Philly Now: SEPTA to skate on $22 million tax bill the city never collected
Philadelphia City Paper: Nutter should end Philly’s weed war

Blogs
PA Budget and Policy Center: Pension update – time to go back to the drawing board
PA Budget and Policy Center: Facts on Marcellus Shale jobs and taxes
Above Average Jane: Fed money for PA job training
Keystone State Education Coalition: Are PA cyber charters overpaid? How about a $120.8 million budget with a $40.7 million fund balance
Keystone Progress: Response to McCullen v. Coakley Supreme Court Case regarding buffer zones

June 27th, 2014 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments