6/5 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Steyer approves of Sec. Quigley, Sestak is considered the black sheep of the Dems ‘16 Senate class while Mayor Nutter advocates for TPP. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Tom Steyer Praises New DEP Secretary Quigley: The billionaire activist lauded Governor Wolf’s new Secretary.

PA-Sen: Sestak Considered Weak Spot of Democrats’ 2016 Senate Class: Sestak is still seen as a liability by national Democratic leaders.

Nutter Pushing for TPP Trade Deal: The Philly Mayor is “one of the most involved” city officials in the effort.

Seventeen PA Companies Make the 2015 Fortune 500: See which businesses made the esteemed list.

PA-Sen: Judiciary Committee Sets Confirmation Hearing for Restrepo: Judge Restrepo was nominated in Nov. 2014 to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Statewide
Statehouse Soundbites: Turning up the budget heat in Harrisburg
Statehouse Soundbites: With state support, trendy retailer opens in Lancaster counter
PA Independent: After student deaths, union blocking Philly schools’ effort to hire more nurses
PA Independent: Pressure mounting against Pennsylvania’s civil asset forfeiture law
State Impact: EPA: Fracking water problems not widespread
PLS Reporter: Competing hearings continue House examination of pension reform legislation
Capitolwire: Judge denies Senate GOP participation on two lawsuits over Wolf executive order
Capitolwire: Senate panel takes no position on Brown recommendation.

Philadelphia
Philly420: Pa. lawmakers seek stiffer fines for marijuana
Inquirer: HUD officials bar Carl Greene from government work – indefinitely
Inquirer: Tax this, tax that: Council moves to raise (part of) schools’ funding request
WHYY Newsworks: Sanctions or success: Hundreds of Philly students opted-out of standardized tests this year
WHYY Newsworks: Philly’s potential “High Line” gets key approval
City Paper: EPA rule heads upstream to protect drinking water
City Paper: School district says spending on students lowest since 2008
City Paper: A report card on the change in greater Center City
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia unemployment rate drops

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Community learns about Walk and Bike Pottstown network proposal
Pottstown Mercury: Commissioners approve funding for reconstruction of Lower Pottsgrove’s Rupert Road Bridge
Pottstown Mercury: Berks County commissioners split on pay raises
Bucks County Courier Times: Bristol Township School District bond rating drops

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Speakers ask Allegheny County Jail warden to resign over inmate health care
Tribune Review: Kittanning committee looks at redrawing voting ward boundaries
Post-Gazette: PSEA: Proposed pension overhaul a “disaster” for teacher recruiting
Post-Gazette: EPA study shows Marcellus Shale fracking doesn’t cause widespread water pollution
Pittsburgh Business Times: Law firm: Pa. municipalities becoming more aggressive in attempts to regulate gas industry
WESA: City Council and University Update Police Cooperation Agreement

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Bar Association, district attorney seek to stop man from practicing law
Beaver County Times: State asked to deny FirstEnergy coal ash disposal plan
Altoona Mirror: Attorneys seek more Sandusky charges
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Tax appeal hearing cut short as hospital seeks reduced payments
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Casey urges support for Flight 93 National Memorial funding

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County controller: As many as 4,500 incorrect homestead tax breaks detected
Times Leader: Baker bill that would require Senate confirmation of PEMA director advances
Times-Tribune: Senate confirms Hazleton man as DEP’s top man
Pocono Record: Court upholds DA’s request to keep video in state police barracks shooting sealed
Pocono Record: Rep. Parker visits Pleasant Valley Manor

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: PA Rep. Sue Helm Appointed to House Appropriations Committee
Patriot-News: ‘Unworkable’: State-imposed abuse investigation time limits blasted following boy’s death
Patriot-News: Fracking had no ‘widespread’ impact on drinking water, EPA draft study finds

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners trade verbal jabs over salary hike plan
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Democrats head to Allentown for summer gathering
Morning Call: EPA: No widespread harm to drinking water from fracking
Capitol Ideas: Lawmakers fed up with Pennsylvania’s puppet-like legislative districts
Capitol Ideas: GOP support for Casey’s pregnant workers bill
Capitol Ideas: Happy birthday, even if you are seeking my job

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Bald Eagle could see 3.88 percent tax increase
Centre Daily Times: Oil industry raves about EPA fracking study; environmentalists call it suspect
Centre Daily Times: For Obamacare subsidies, looming Supreme Court ruling creates uncertainty

Opinion
Inquirer: Union haven’t kept Chester promise
Inquirer: Without will, no change will come soon at Tent City
Tribune Review: America the watched: FBI eyes in the skies
Observer-Reporter: Something we all can be glad about
Times-Tribune: Move 2016 primary for relevance
Morning Call: Sen. Mitch McConnell an expert in obstruction
Centre Daily Times: Justice on campus: Punished until proven innocent
Lebanon Daily News: Sen. Folmer ready to push medical pot bill in House
Lebanon Daily News: Sen. Bernie Sanders delivering necessary message
York Daily Record: State budget: We need statesmanship, not stunts
Patriot-News: ‘Why are you hitting yourself?’ With tax vote, House Dems hand GOP a gratuitous win: John L. Micek

Blogs
Citified: 4.9 Million Philadelphia Parking Tickets Since 2012
Citified: Big Parking, Property Tax Hikes Proposed to Fund City Schools
Citizen’s Call: Haywood Calls Fracking Industry ‘Freeloaders’ for Opposing Severance Tax
The Lu Lac Political Letter: Tomatoes and Shamrocks
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup June 4: We now know students cannot be tested out of poverty

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