6/9 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Leach announces a date for an announcement, pension reform heads to Wolf, and Mango pushed on his voting record and campaign donations.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Leach Gets Closer to a Run: State Senator Daylin Leach has set the date for an announcement about his possible run for Congress.

Pension Reform Bill Heads to Wolf’s Desk: The House passed Senate Bill 1, a bipartisan pension reform bill, sending it to Governor Tom Wolf who has said he is eager to sign the bill.

Missed Votes and Campaign Donations Pushed Against Mango: Gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango is being pushed on him missing votes in primary and general elections, and not giving money to Republican candidates in recent elections.

Statewide
PLSReporter: Senate Bill 1 clears House, heads to governor
PLSReporter: Fight to fund State Police heard by Senate subcommittee
City and State: For Wagner, not a minute to waste in the race for governor
StateImpactPA: Trump touts new Pa. coal mine, but rebound in doubt
State House Sound Bites: Fiscal officers: PA’s too low on cash, may have to borrow from outside
State House Sound Bites: With little notice, House narrowly moves massive gambling expansion
Capitolwire: Senate police body cam bill clears first hurdle in House.
Capitolwire: Senate hearing focuses on latest state radio network fix.
Capitolwire: Senate lawmakers disagree on equity of Wolf’s proposed police fee.
Capitolwire: Pension bill freight train continues to roll.
Capitolwire: House passes gambling expansion bill including video gaming terminals.
Capitolwire: General Assembly wrap-up for Wednesday, June 7, 2017.
Capitolwire: House passes pension bill, sending it to Wolf for his expected signature.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: McCain explains Comey questioning: He stayed up too late
Inquirer: Factchecking the Comey hearing
Inquirer: Trump supporters unveil new lawn sign
Inquirer: Analysis: Comey lays out the case that Trump obstructed justice
Inquirer: Court hands Philly teachers’ union a victory in counselor case
Inquirer: DEA: Fatal ODs rose 37% across Pa. in 2016
Inquirer: Prosecutors gain evidence ruling against Philly DA Seth Williams
Inquirer: Council wants special committee on gun violence
WHYY: House Passes Bill Aimed at Reversing Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations
WHYY: Council seeking significant changes to legislation structuring Rebuild
Philadelphia Business Journal: Bill would change the way Philadelphia taxes commercial real estate
Philly Voice: Will May survive after election gamble appears to backfire?
Philly Voice: Bob Casey: Being ‘pro-life’ doesn’t mean defunding planned parenthood
Philly Voice: Congressional hearings have a high-stakes history

SEPA
The Mercury News: Pennsylvania lawmakers approve public pension plan bill
The Mercury News: Comey: “Trump administration spread ‘lies, plain and simple’
The Mercury News: Watch Replay: All eyes on Comey as fired FBI boss testifies before Senate panel
Bucks County Courier Times: Congressman Fitzpatrick focuses on economy with surprise town hall
Bucks County Courier Times: PA lawmakers from Bucks comment on pension overhaul bill that Wolf intends to sign
Delco Times: Pa. House signs off on pension reform; sends bill to Wolf
Bucks Local News: ‘Strong’ pension bill is just the beginning of reform; Lancaster County lawmakers say

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania House approves proposal to put PWSA under state commission
Post-Gazette: Controller’s audit criticizes Allegheny County Police record-keeping
Post-Gazette: Pa. legislature sends Wolf plan to reduce pension costs
Post-Gazette: House passes bill to put water authority under PUC oversight
Post-Gazette: As shutdown of SCI Pittsburgh nears, inmates and staff move elsewhere
Pittsburgh Business Times: Mike Turzai: Wolf’s tech tax keystroke to deleting jobs
Pittsburgh Business Times: Wolf to attend coal mine opening in Somerset County
Pittsburgh Business Times: Politics: Harris has questions for Comey, too
WESA: 20 State Attorneys General Oppose Proposed Repeal Of Dodd-Frank, Including PA’s
WESA: With Little Notice, House Narrowly Moves Massive Gambling Expansion
WESA: Pennsylvania Lawmakers Approve Public Pension Plan Bill
KDKA: Wolf To Sign Public Employee Pension Reform Bill Next Week

Southwest
Beaver County Times: House passes bipartisan pension reform bill, Wolf says he will sign it
Beaver County Times: Beaver County officials discuss government, economic-development study
Observer-Reporter: Judge schedules hearing on North Franklin supervisor write-in tally
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH: President Donald Trump addresses Somerset County mine
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Ex-energy exec enters Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race
WJAC: President Trump, Gov. Tom Wolf welcome new mine to Somerset County

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Scranton council backs plan that would bring free public Wi-Fi to downtown
Times-Tribune: State Sen. Blake staffer plans run against state Rep. Kevin Haggerty
Times-Leader: Professor, politicians sound off on Comey testimony
Standard-Speaker: Gortner talks pension reform

South Central
Patriot News: Lawmakers got pension reform: Will they accept a cut to their retirement?
Patriot News: Welcome to WAM City? A look at ‘local share’ money in the Pa. gambling bill
Patriot News: Pa. House passes pension plan changes, sending bill to Gov. Wolf’s desk
Patriot News: Sweeping gambling bill passes Pa. House toward uncertain future
Patriot News: Finding a place to gamble in Pa. wouldn’t be a problem under House-passed plan
York Daily Record: Why your vote might not matter
York Daily Record: This Pa. lawmaker says your vote does not count
York Daily Record: House passes slots, online gambling bill
Roxbury News: Pa. House passes SB 1 – Pension reform bill.
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill tracker: Removing impediments faced by domestic violence victims
Carlisle Sentinel: Lawmakers send Wolf changes to public-sector pension plans
Carlisle Sentinel: Pennsylvania House approves gambling expansion
Lancaster Online: ‘Strong’ pension bill is just the beginning of reform, Lancaster County lawmakers say
York Dispatch: Pennsylvania lawmakers approve public pension plan bill
York Dispatch: Pennsylvania House OK’s biggest gambling expansion in years

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Berks lawmakers support pension reform bill with reluctance
Reading Eagle: Lawmakers send Wolf changes to public-sector pension plans
Reading Eagle: Debt is gaining on Pa. assets
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania House passes big gambling expansion
Lehigh Valley Live: Phillipsburg mayor ready to negotiate for town hall site downtown
Lehigh Valley Live: Pa. House passes bill slashing future teachers’, workers’ pension plans
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Legislature passes ‘historic’ pension bill
Morning Call: Allentown Council approves mayoral term limit referendum for November ballot
Morning Call: More Lehigh Valley leaders pledge to uphold Paris climate agreement
WFMZ: Pennsylvania politicians react to Comey testimony
WFMZ: Berks election officials unsure about Reading council race outcome

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Future of Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority in question
Centre Daily Times: Bellefonte Borough Council, Centre County commissioners host joint town hall
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Charter vote set for tonight
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Local lawmakers support state pension reform bill

Opinion
Patriot News: Here’s the key pension reform vote you didn’t see: John L. Micek
Patriot News: Planned Parenthood must be protected, Bob Casey says: Thursday Morning Coffee
Carlisle Sentinel: Op-Ed: Take action locally for environment
York Daily Record: Pa. pension reform bill a first step worth taking (column)
York Dispatch: EDITORIAL: Why the rush on gambling bill?
Lancaster Online: Lancaster County tax reassessment highlights the need for property tax reform Morning Call: Pa. pension reform still costly to taxpayers
Morning Call: Politicians seem to not care about seniors
Reading Eagle: Editorial: House must pass pension bill, imperfect or not
Lehigh Valley Live: Unelected officials calling the shots in Slate Belt | Guest column
Inquirer: Penn reaffirming its commitment to the environment smells like hypocrisy
Inquirer: Pub patrons watching Comey tried to swallow what’s at stake
Daily News: Pension reform plan is just that – genuine reform
Tribune Review: ‘Climate change’ or cash?: Pay up or they’ll pollute
Delco Times: Pa. ready to roll dice on more gambling
Delco Times: Why we need a severance tax on natural gas
Post-Gazette: Congress in motion: What must be done before the August recess hits

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