6/30 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag610A budget update, a new State Treasurer and Gov. Wolf picks a fight with Sen. Wagner. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-BGT: Houses Passes Budget, Wolf Pledges to Veto (VIDEO): The Democratic Governor and GOP legislature are far apart on any budget deal.

Tim Reese Confirmed as State Treasurer: The State Senate has confirmed Governor Wolf’s nominee for State Treasurer.

PA-BGT: Wolf’s PAC Picks Fight with Scott Wagner over Education: Rebuild Pennsylvania paints the State Senator as uncaring towards the state’s children.

PennLive Takes a Stand on Same-Sex Marriage, Lands in Controversy: The Harrisburg media outlet attempted to take the high road on the Supreme Court ruling.

PA-8: Rendell Makes Fundraising Pitch for Naughton: The former Governor authored a fundraising email for his chosen Democrat in the Eighth District.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Savings estimate reduced after changes to Pa. pension bill
Capitolwire: House positions GOP pension reform bill for final vote
Capitolwire: Wolf reassures state workers, vendors ahead of likely budget impasse
PLSReporter: As liquor bill moves forward, debate continues over value of privatization vs. modernization
PLSReporter: Senate Democrats say working with Republicans is a frustrating affair
StateImpactPA: Sunoco seeks to calm fears of Mariner East pipeline project in Chester County
StateImpactPA: Budget bill would block new rules for conventional drillers
PA Independent: Pennsylvania budget battle poses taxing questions

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Making sense of Pa. school funding: budgets, formulas and stalemates
WHYY Newsworks: Philly GOP committee to press: Enough ‘free advertising’ for Kenney
Inquirer: As Pa. budget deadline looms, partial shutdown appears likely
Inquirer: Hundreds lobby Harrisburg for school funds

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Stress, public scrutiny lead to superintendent turnover, officials say
Pottstown Mercury: Spring-Ford School Board adopts $143.8M budget, discusses future construction needs
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. Attorney General warns of travel scams during summer vacation season

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Drillers to submit electronic records on fracking chemicals to Pa. DEP
Tribune-Review: Pension obligations take toll on school districts
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Works supervisor suspended over racial comment
Post-Gazette: South Fayette moves to dismiss Commissioner Deron Gabriel’s federal lawsuit
KDKA: Local Leaders Share Support For SCOTUS Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage
KDKA: City Seeing Resistance To New Bike Lanes, Calling It “Bikelash”
KDKA: Foreign Suspect Indicted In UPMC Identity Theft Tax Case

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Sunoco fined $95,000 for industrial waste spills in western Pa.
Observer-Reporter: Political opposition groups gain money for 2016 race
Altoona Mirror: GAEDC requests $200K from state for programs
Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown state Rep. Barbin set to leave hospital; injured in fall Friday
Tribune-Democrat: Pennsylvania’s new treasurer Reese reports for work

NEPA
Times-Leader: Sen. Casey urges FAA to end airline fees for seating children next to their parents
Times-Leader: Understanding pipeline easements, eminent domain
Times-Tribune: Prisoner reentry program wins statewide award
News Item: Proposed laws say ‘pay up’
Standard Speaker: Nonprofits nervous about budget impasse

South Central
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Synthetic marijuana plague taxes Lancaster County police, emergency responders
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: New law allows Pa. pharmacists to give children flu shots
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: $100K grant will help revitalization in city’s southwest
York Daily Record: Bill to increase maximum hotel tax rate in York and other counties passes Pennsylvania House
Patriot News: Susquehanna Township trash bid seeks small-business participation
Patriot News: Medical marijuana bill freed from Baker committee, but supporters still worry
Carlisle Sentinel: School aid formula being considered creates winners, losers

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Charges in newsworthy case coming, district attorney says
Express Times: Boscola opposes online gaming but thinks Pennsylvania will approve it
Reading Eagle: U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey willing to try again to expand background checks on gun purchases
Morning Call: Northampton County DA charges former juvenile probation officer who allegedly sexted teens

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Crawford County law enforcement get new breath test units
Erie Times-News: Erie among “winners” in proposed school funding formula
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Impact fee funds to flow across county

Opinion
Erie Times-News: Roberts acts as legislator in saving health law
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Reasons to change our energy sources
Patriot News: Here’s why wine in grocery stores isn’t liquor reform
Tribune-Review: Kathleen Kane’s enforcer
Tribune-Review: Seniors are eating millennials’ lunch
Post-Gazette: Health plan: Pa. must turn up the heat on UPMC, Highmark
Post-Gazette: Card sharks: Wolf and legislators can all win on the budget
Daily News: Tough to bargain with GOP lawmakers living in fantasyland
Inquirer: 3 notable women fit for our money
Delco Daily Times: Obamacare, Gay Marriage, And The President’s Inappropriate Eulogy
Bucks County Courier Times: Another view: Obama’s hostage policy is a step in the right direction
Pottstown Mercury: Fair funding formula can be a win instead of a stalemate in Pa.

Blogs
Citified: Candidates Love a Camera
Keystone Crossroads: Next move in Pa. gun debate: gun-control advocates and opponents consider options
PA Budget & Policy Center: 55 Million Reasons (And Counting) Why PA Does Not Have A Severance Tax
2 Political Junkies: Revisiting Arnold/New Kensington

June 30th, 2015 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments