6/30 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6An on-time budget remains possible, Corbett declines to condemn JoePa and congressional Democrats and Republicans face off in the annual baseball game. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Could We Have An On-Time Budget?: As Monday’s deadline approaches, a possible way forward has emerged.

PA-Gov: Corbett Refuses to Condemn Paterno: The Governor pushed back against claims that he attacked the former PSU football head coach.

6/27 Ups & Downs: A long press conference for Kane, some welcome news items for Gov. Corbett and the re-election of a party chair. See who made this week’s list.

PA-Gov Round-Up: Highlighting the Contrasts: We take a look at the events of the last week in the state’s gubernatorial race.

Congressional Democrats Dominate in Ballgame: Congressional Democrats beat Republicans for sixth consecutive time in the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

HD-163: PASNAP Endorses Santora: The notable healthcare professionals union is supporting Republican Jamie Santora in the race for House District 163.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: More employers pushing employees to pay more for health care
PA Independent: Pennsylvania considers performance-based layoffs for teachers
PA Independent: Philly schools to get $39M boost in House-passed budget, but want more
StateImpactPA: EPA withholding release of report on earthquakes linked to disposal wells
PLS Reporter: Meeting of legislative Republican leaders yields positive results for budget progress
Capitalwire: Capitolwire: Could budget savings come from delayed pension payment?
Capitalwire: Capitolwire: Budget talks exclude new revenues, while pensions remain stalled.

Philadelphia
The Inquirer: In 3 local House races, accusations of carpetbagging
The Inquirer: Medical marijuana bill passes out of Pa. Senate committee
The Inquirer: Old earmarks still linger for DRPA
The Inquirer: Kane mum on her misspeaking
Daily News: Bob Brady’s dream of a casino to fund city finances is dead
Daily News: Nutter announces three major administration departures
WHYY Newsworks: Workers meet over job losses at Pa. military site
KWY Newsradio: Phila. Police Dept. sees little impact from US Supreme Court cell search ruling

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania considers performance-based layoffs for teachers
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. Senate GOP says House should debate pensions first
Delco Daily Times: Gun rights activists, gun control advocates face off over background checks
Delco Daily Times: Rongione opens Upper Darby campaign office
Daily Local News: Gov: I’ve never condemned Paterno, ‘never will’
Montgomery Media: Public hearing scheduled to probe Pennsylvania American Water issues

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Obama picks ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs
Tribune-Review: Westmoreland County Democrats change leadership
Post-Gazette: Justices poised to decide on birth controls, unions
Pittsburgh Business Times: Corbett: Efforts to meet agreement between Highmark, UPMC continue
Pittsburgh Business Times: Corbett, Kane to discuss Highmark-UPMC agreement Friday
Pittsburgh Business Times: State committee passes medical marijuana bill
Pittsburgh Business Times: County Controller slams Highmark-UPMC agreement

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Civil rights leader brings focus to political issues
Beaver County Times: Audit suggests ‘final month formula has jeopardized Alquippa police pension system
Observer-Reporter: West Greene board adopts budget; taxes remain unchanged
Altoona Mirror: Revolution in child cases
Altoona Mirror: City looking to State College for student housing control
Tribune-Democrat: District hands off programs to agency

NEPA
Times Leader: Wyoming County man believes DEP giving UGI Energy Services a ‘free pass’ in surface restoration
Times Leader: Pro-pot advocacy budding in NEPA
Times-Tribune: No Child Left Behind left districts far behind

South Central
York Dispatch: York City push pays off with business boom
Carlisle Sentinel: Union urges DLA employees to contact congressmen
Harrisburg Patriot News: With clock ticking, Gov. Corbett looks to Philly Dems to get pension reform
Harrisburg Patriot News: Sunday morning budget negotiations produces near-agreement on a $29.1 billion spending plan, leaders say
Harrisburg Patriot News: Protesters forgo day at an amusement park to send message to Corbett, lawmakers: Fund our schools
Harrisburg Patriot News: Vote on General Assembly downsizing amendments postponed – maybe indefinitely
Roxbury News: Governor Tom Corbett – Pa Budget.
York Daily Record: Local lawmakers react to Sunday hunting ruling
York Daily Record: Natural gas drilling money: Where is it going in York County?
York Daily Record: Immigrant families, advocates rally today at York County Prison
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Supreme Court to rule Monday in Conestoga Wood Specialties emergency contraception case
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: What now? Solutions needed for Columbia schools. Here are some options.

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Republican lawmakers push ‘paycheck protection’ in Pennsylvania
Morning Call: Corbett could veto budget without pension changes
Pennsylvania Ave: PA lawmakers and lieutenant governor living longer
Pennsylvania Ave: Cartwright, Moylan to meet for two TV debates
WFMZ: Pennsylvania lawmakers return to work on budget
WFMZ: New bill would help smaller cities receive CRIZ areas
WFMZ: Bill would let school districts fire teachers based on performance
Express Times: Authorities call for safer highway driving as summer travel season peaks
Express Times: Lehigh Valley schools to lose in House budget proposal

North by Northwest
AP: Corbett discusses re-election bid in AP interview
Erie Times-News: How Erie’s representatives in Congress voted last week
Williamsport Sun Gazette: GOP leaders’ goal: No tax hikes in budget
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Neighboring counties will get millions in drilling fees
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Gas industry figures against proposed tax
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Corbett defends strings

Opinion
Tribune-Review: Right to know: A welcome rebuke
Early Returns: It hurts too much to laugh
Pottstown Mercury: Political vendetta by Pa. AG Kathleen Kane demeans the office
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. lawmakers must resist raising taxes
Carlisle Sentinel: Our View: Keeping our water clean at all costs
Harrisburg Patriot News: Actually, when it comes to this year’s budget, it is a tax problem, not a spending one: Terry Madonna and Michael L. Young
Harrisburg Patriot News: Just say no to a severance tax – but not for the reasons you might think: Sam Bernhardt
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pension reform? What pension reform?: John L. Micek
Inquirer: Chattanooga vs. Kabletown
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Give veterans freedom of choice in health care
Morning Call: Joe Zeller sees parallel with Tom Wolf and Milton Shapp
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Council-manager will not make elected officials better
Express Times: Pa. legislative leaders looking at chintzy, ‘one-time’ budget fix
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Resist temptation to make gas industry the budget solution

Blogs
Citizens’ Call: Missing Elkins Park Teen Found Safe
Keystone Politics: #PABudget: Can Corbett Even Deliver GOP Votes for Cigs-for-Pensions Hostage Trade?
Keystone Politics: How Can Democrats “Sabotage” the #PABudget Talks When They Don’t Control Anything?
Pittston Politics: PA taxpayer to be hit with 2.9% increase

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