7/11 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Wolf lets the state spending bill become law without his signature, Toomey says new version of Senate GOP healthcare plan expected soon, lawmakers hold weekend sessions, and Justice Sallie Mundy is endorsed by the Pennsylvania Building and Trades Council.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Wolf Will Let Budget Bill Become Law Without Signature: Governor Tom Wolf announced he will let the state budget spending bill become law without his signature.

Toomey Says New Version of Senate GOP Healthcare Bill Expected Today: Senator Pat Toomey, a member of the 13 member working group that helped write the Senate’s bill, said today that the newest version will be revealed today.

Lawmakers Hold Weekend Sessions, Revenue Package Still Elusive: After weekend sessions, legislative leaders and Governor Wolf are still looking for ways to pay for the $32 billion spending plan.

Pennsylvania Building and Trades Council Endorses Mundy: Pennsylvania Building and Trades Council endorsed Justice Sallie Mundy in her bid for a full term on the state Supreme Court.

Statewide
PLS Reporter: Legislature weighs options as Gov. Wolf allows PA budget spending plan to become law without his signature
PLS Reporter: Pittsburgh Controller says city finances are currently “on target”
PLS Reporter: VIDEO: Sen. Vulakovich’s new bill would offer a tax holiday for emergency preparedness equipment
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: Senate approves charter school reform bill.
Capitiolwire: Capitolwire: Wolf rejects GOP’s latest revenue plan, but Republicans say they’ll keep working at balancing state’s budget.
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: Welfare benefit ban on certain sex, drug offenders approved by Senate.
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: Senate sends Wolf coal mining law change reviled by environmental groups.
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: Another state spending plan becomes law without Wolf’s signature.
State House Sound Bites: With budget deal not forthcoming, lawmakers try to “keep hope alive”
State House Sound Bites: State budget unlikely to be done by tonight’s midnight deadline

Philadelphia
Inquirer: 5 big questions after the bombshell about Donald Trump Jr. and the Russian lawyer
Inquirer: As Christie auditions for sports radio gig, NJ residents have a word for him: ‘Jerk’
Inquirer: Ivanka Trump’s unlikely defender in G-20 controversy? Angela Merkel
Inquirer: Wolf allows $32B Pa. budget to lapse into law
Inquirer: How a Philly charter school benefits Local 98
Philadelphia Magazine: Pa. Police are Cracking Down on Aggressive Drivers
WHYY Newsworks: Pollster: Christie may have found the floor for his ratings
WHYY Newsworks: Lacking budget deal, Pa. lawmakers try to ‘keep hope alive’
WHYY Newsworks: Weekly Toomey protests could give Democrats a boost in 2018
WHYY Newsworks: Brooke Gladstone on ‘Radio Times’: Democracy cannot happen when the president assaults journalism
Philly Voice: Pat Toomey, a beekeeper? Sen. gets spotlight in NYT story on hobbies of Capitol Hill
Philly Voice: Kellyanne Conway: Media ignores sexist attacks because ‘I’m a conservative’

SEPA
Buck County Courier Times: Gov. Tom Wolf to let unbalanced spending bill become law
Bucks County Courier Times: Council Rock board reaches consensus to close Rolling Hills Elementary School
Delco Times: After water scare, heat is on Sunoco’s Mariner pipeline
Delco Times: Amid threat of downgrade, unbalanced Pennsylvania budget bill becomes law

Pittsburgh
WESA: Q&A: How Will The Health Care Bill Affect You?
WESA: Gov. Wolf To Let Unbalanced Spending Bill Become Law
Tribune Review: Gov. Wolf to let unbalanced spending bill become law
KDKA: Lawmakers Push Clean Slate Bill To Help Those With Criminal Records
KDKA: Pa. Budget In Limbo As Midnight Deadline For Revenue Plan Nears
Post-Gazette: Toomey says he sees a path toward Senate passage of healthcare package
Post-Gazette: City controller projects $20M surplus for Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: PUC’s Coleman gets another tour of duty
Post-Gazette: Gov. Tom Wolf to let Pennsylvania’s state budget become law without full funding
Post-Gazette: ‘We paint signs, not property,’ Tim Murphy protesters say
Post-Gazette: Pat Toomey says he sees a path toward Senate passage of health care package

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Bartolotta’s domestic violence bill passes state Senate
Observer-Reporter: GOP governors to party’s senators: Do no harm to health care
Observer-Reporter: State Rep. John A. Maher charged with DUI
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf withholds signature from third straight budget
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf withholds signature from third straight budget

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County picking up properties missed from tax rolls
Times-Tribune: Eight Lackawanna County school districts to see taxes rise
Times-Tribune: SSD retirement incentive provides smaller savings than expected
Standard-Speaker: New head at Schuylkill Co. housing the homeless agency

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Casey stops in Carlisle on health care fight tour
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf to let 2017-18 spending plan become law without his signature
Patriot News: Inspector general bill on its way towards possible veto
Patriot News: Unfinished 2017-18 budget package remains a work in progress
Patriot News: ‘This is a tax cut for the super-rich,’ Sen. Bob Casey says of Senate healthcare bill
LNP: Pennsylvania budget takes effect amid fight over funding it
LNP: Democrat Christina Hartman aims for rematch against U.S. Rep. Smucker in 2018

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Ron Southwick: Most states aren’t complying with White House election commission
Reading Eagle: Gov. Wolf to let unbalanced spending bill become law
Reading Eagle: State Sen. David Argall takes aim at illegal movers
Express Times: Pennsylvania budget takes effect amid fight over funding it
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to let budget become law

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Pennsylvania budget takes effect amid fight over funding it
Centre Daily Times: Russian government sought to aid Trump’s candidacy, according to email
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Sewer main, veto override week’s top issues
Erie Times-News: Gov. Wolf to let unbalanced spending bill become law

Opinion
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Legislature at work
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Intergovernmental activities must stay out in the open
Express Times: Towns should use new state laws to fight blight | Letter
Inquirer: What Trump preaches should unite left and right
Inquirer: Why won’t Penn invite Trump to speak at graduation?
Inquirer: Proposed drug importation law will worsen U.S. opioid epidemic
Inquirer: Ethics chief can’t be patsy
Daily News: From Russia With Dirt: Why new Trump bombshell matters
Beaver County Times: Stop gerrymandering and take back our state
Centre Daily Times: Get government out of healthcare
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: The country’s debt compromises its level of independence
Bucks County Courier Times: The secret to better deals
Tribune Review: Nonprofits & donors: Defending privacy rights

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