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6/4 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsThe budget battle continues to take shape, a state Senator announces plans to leave the Senate, and the DCCC is coming to Pa. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Brubaker Won’t Seek Re-election: State Sen. Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster) will not seek re-election in 2014, three Republican sources told PoliticsPA. Update: Brubaker confirmed his impending departure from the Senate.

DCCC Chair Israel to Philly for Strouse Fundraiser: There are two candidates vying to unseat Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks), but the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is sticking with its man. Chairman Steve Israel is coming to Philadelphia next week to raise money for Kevin Strouse.

Blast from the Past: Margolies Eyes Deep Pennsylvania History in 2014 Bid: If Marjorie Margolies returns to Congress after a 20 years, Smart Politics finds she would join a very short list of Pa. Representatives to return from such a long absence.

Weekly Standard: Almost Committed. The House GOP inches toward mental-illness reform (Rep. Tim Murphy)
Capitolwire: Even House GOP backers of transportation bill shows its hard path
StateImpact PA: Drilling Opponents Pack DNCR Meeting on Loyalsock State Forest
PA Independent: Drivers, gas retailers to pay for transportation improvements in bill ready for Senate vote
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: The debate over basic education funding in two simple charts
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: Three highlights from Senate Democrats’ budget proposal
State House Sound Bites: Senate Dems offer their own budget proposal
State House Sound Bites: Silos may be in the offing for more counties’ human services programs
AP: Pa. house panel approves GOP $28.3B budget plan

Philadelphia GOP tries to legalize high-interest Pa. loans again
Inquirer: Phila. property reassessment protests meet reality
Inquirer: Time running out on LCB probe
Inquirer: Public wants more transit funding, officials contend
Commonwealth Confidential: Decarcerate PA, group demands at rally
News Works: After five years and two strikes, Neshaminy teachers ratify new contract
PhillyNow: Corbett offers signal on Obamacare Medicaid expansion

Montgomery Media: Pennridge School Board approves budget with tax increase
Pottstown Mercury: Pottsgrove school board gets first look at ‘centers’ data

Tribune Review: House committee approves GOP-backed state budget; Senate Dems introduce theirs
Tribune Review: Environmental group PennFuture seeks new CEO, president
Tribune Review: Battle to expand Medicaid in Pa. likely to flare soon
Tribune Review: Fayette, Westmoreland counties’ mining offices to merge
Post-Gazette: Pa. Senate expected to vote this week on transportation bill
Post-Gazette: Pa. House panel to discuss block grant distribution
Post-Gazette: U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Post-Gazette case on access to polling places
KDKA: Washington Co. DA Investigating Jesse White
KDKA: Supreme Court Ruling On DNA “Wrong,” Says Dr. Cyril Wecht
KDKA: Pa.’s Transportation Infrastructure Discussed At Bridge Conference
WTAE: Brownsville Council requests federal investigation into police department
WTAE: State police: Ex-Washington County judge stole cocaine from cases

Altoona Mirror: Court constables have new rules
Altoona Mirror: Community renovates rail
Observer-Reporter: School districts get grants for special projects
Observer-Reporter: PennFuture seeks new president
Tribune-Democrat: The religious divide: Bill would protect students’ rights to express views
Tribune-Democrat: Area superintendents endorse federal school standards

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Bloom introduces bill to curb unlawful picketers
Harrisburg Patriot News: Liquor privatization issue down to the wire as Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley to testify
Harrisburg Patriot News: Sen. Mike Brubaker announces he will not seek re-election next year
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa governors praise hi-tech investment capital program
Harrisburg Patriot News: Marchers arrive in Harrisburg with complaints about school funding, criminal justice system
York Daily Record: No tax hike in proposed York City schools budget
York Daily Record: State lawmakers eye different property tax reform proposals
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray hopes for fire committee to work on report suggestions
Roxbury News: House and Senate Agenda: Monday June 3rd, 2013

Citizens Voice: Districts introduce in-school credit unions
Citizens Voice: Hearings on West Wyoming gas facility begin today
Citizens Voice: Contract reviews underway in wake of turnpike charges

Lehigh Valley
Express-Times: Lower Mount Bethel Township residents express concerns to board about Route 611 detour
Express-Times: Service Electric customers still lacking Internet and phone access
Express-Times: Return of Crayola Experience boosts Easton’s earnings
WFMZ: Pa. House panel approves GOP $28.3B budget plan
WFMZ: SEIU members protest outside Browne’s office

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Penns Valley Area School District officials eye cuts to avoid tax increase
Williamsport Sun Gazette: City Council OKs accepting gas money for road project
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Sharing Room Tax Revenue

Express-Times: Keep working toward regional police departments
York Daily Record: Our take: Pa. should allow municipal police to use radar
Tribune-Democrat: Allegheny legislator must go
Standard Speaker: Say no to fracking and find a better energy source
Daily News: A not-so-great Democratic debate

Commonwealth Foundation: Cyber Schools Receive Less Per Student
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: How to Increase Voter Turnout
Keystone Politics: Most Pennsylvanians Don’t Understand What’s Driving Health Care Costs
Keystone Politics: What Would Jack Wagner Bring to the Governor’s Race?

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