7/13 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Voters will have their say on a property tax referendum, lawmakers head back to districts with budget negotiations continuing, and Wolf to sign bill creating permanent Office of Inspector General.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Voters Will Vote on Property Tax Referendum in November: The Senate voted to put a referendum on the November ballot to amend the state Constitution to allow larger decreases of local property taxes.

Lawmakers Head Home, Leaders Remain to Negotiate Revenue Package: Rank and file members of the legislature were sent home while the leaders continue to negotiate a final agreement on the revenue package.

Wolf to Sign Bill Creating Official Office of Inspector General: After vetoing a previous version, Governor Wolf will sign into law a bill codifying the Office of Inspector General in statute.

State House Sound Bites: Lawmakers take a budget break; constitutionality concerns persist
State House Sound Bites: Wolf reveals few details on talks to finish unbalanced budget
State House Sound Bites: Lawmakers leave town with budget still unbalanced
StateImpact: Wolf weighs bill that would aid development of long-wall coal mines
Capitolwire: No university closures, consolidations recommended in PASSHE report.

Philly Voice: Lawmakers intend to question Trump campaign chairman
Philly Voice: ‘Bridgegate’ saga nears end as key figure faces sentencing
Philly Voice: California Democrat starts long shot attempt to impeach Trump
Philly Voice: GOP ready to try pushing new health bill through Senate
Inquirer: Wolf hails new program in opioid treatment
Inquirer: Why Pat Toomey has become a key voice on GOP health bill
Inquirer: Contractor: Chaka Fattah threatened me to rehire his son
Inquirer: Retired Philly judge seeks interim DA job
Inquirer: No closures, mergers recommended for Pa. state colleges
Inquirer: Wolf hails new program in opioid treatment
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. governor optimistic that lawmakers will agree on funding new budget
Philadelphia Magazine: What If Philly Had Its Own (Nonviolent) French Revolution
KYW: Gov. Tom Wolf Announces New Tool In Fight Against Opioids

Bucks County Courier Times: Plans move forward for marijuana growing facilities in Lower Bucks
Bucks County Courier Times: Mining ban hits New Hope quarry after workers miss reclamation deadline
Delco Times: No closings, mergers recommended for state-owned colleges, including Cheyney
Delco Times: State reps react to Pa. budget and Medicaid votes
West Chester Daily Local: Uwchlan residents discuss Mariner East 2 pipeline, water contamination

KDKA: Tough Words For Pennsylvania’s Higher Education System
Post-Gazette: Bob Casey, Pat Toomey battle it out on the diamond with increased security
Post-Gazette: Advocates urge Pittsburgh to delare itself a ‘Sanctuary City’
Post-Gazette: University leaders propose statewide tuition increase
Pittsburgh Business Journal: Clarion to offer opioid treatment specialist training certificate
Tribune Review: New UPMC hospital in South Fayette could bring 500 jobs, $560K in taxes
Tribune Review: Allegheny, Westmoreland counties have grown more diverse, census data show
WESA: Plans Unveiled For Sustainable Development Of Uptown, West Oakland
WESA: Peduto Blames Harrisburg For Delay Of Lead-Related Bills In City Council

Observer-Reporter: Chartiers pair waive hearing on animal abuse charges
Altoona Mirror: Former Christie ally, ‘Bridgegate’ mastermind avoids prison
Altoona Mirror: House conservatives wary of emerging Senate health care bill
Altoona Mirror: Yellen tells Congress to expect more rate hikes
Altoona Mirror: Wolf says he’s optimistic about state revenue deal

Times Leader: Prosecutor, ex-judge weigh in on Con-ui verdict outcry
Times Leader: Kingston Twp. supervisors swear in three Special Fire Police officers
Times-Tribune: Scranton rental registration case in court
Standard-Speaker: Luzerne County audit reveals $800K surplus

South Central
LNP: State-owned universities should remain open, work with what they have, consultant firm hired by PASSHE says
LNP: Gov. Wolf will sign Lancaster County senator’s inspector general bill
LNP: Report: Lancaster County among worst for combination of smog, pollen
LNP: Edward Snowden’s leaks has NSA in damage-control mode, spy agency official tells Lancaster audience
LNP: Will UPMC-Highmark feud repeat in Lancaster County? Here’s what we know
Patriot News: Consultant recommends revamp of Pennsylvania’s state university system, but no closures
Patriot News: PASSHE has answer to closing budget gap: Raise tuition
Patriot News: Pa. Coalition Against Rape CEO to step down after 23 years

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: PASSHE report: Don’t close any colleges, improve leadership
Morning Call: Allentown Council supports ban on gay conversion therapy for minors
Morning Call: Fight over turbine farm near Bethlehem reservoir continues
Reading Eagle: State System of Higher Education considers 3.5-percent tuition hike
Reading Eagle: No closings, mergers recommended for state-owned colleges
Reading Eagle: Pa. faculty union president pleased universities will stay open
Reading Eagle: Property tax measure heading to Pennsylvania referendum

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners travel to DC, lobby for county
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Emails: Trump Jr. embraced help said to be from Kremlin
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Wellsboro council adopts $2.9 million budget
Centre Daily Times: Trump’s ‘drill, baby, drill’ energy policies are being met by ‘sue, baby, sue’

Inquirer: GOP should back Toomey’s serious attempt at Medicaid reform
Inquirer: Trump’s attacks on the press violate nation’s founding principles
Inquirer: GOP should back Toomey’s serious attempt at Medicaid reform
Inquirer: Police doing their jobs right shouldn’t be shy about being photographed
Daily News: Don Jr. and the email chain that devoured American democracy
Daily News: Want to fix America’s political divide? Fix our colleges
Altoona Mirror: Ward bill deserves quick OK
Centre Daily Times: Wake up, America
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Wolf makes right call on request for voter information
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Editorial | Wolf sidesteps budget responsibilities – again
Post-Gazette: Brian O’Neill: Fat, inefficient and expensive — that’s your statehouse
Bucks County Courier Times: With budget in chaos, Republicans go home
Tribune Review: Felonious ex-lawmakers lobbying: Time for long, hard look
Patriot News: AG Shapiro takes a small, but welcome, step in the fight against opioids: Editorial

  • When Should The Special Elections For The PA House Be Held?

    • May 16, 2023 (Primary Day) (51%)
    • March, 2023 (47%)
    • April, 2023 (2%)

    Total Voters: 173

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