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7/2 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6An update on the budget stalemate, a survey to find the most respected colleges in Pennsylvania and a Harper poll asks who was the “Greatest Pennsylvanian.” Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Budget Update: Pension Reform Setback, Stalemate Continues: The latest news in the budget stand-off between the state legislature and Governor Corbett.

Harper Poll: Pennsylvanians Select PSU as Most Respected University: In a recent “Our Commonwealth” Poll, residents throughout PA chose Penn State as the university they respected the most.

Harper Poll: Best Modern President: Harper’s “Our Commonwealth” poll asks who Pennsylvanians consider the best President of the last three decades.

Harper Poll: Benjamin Franklin Chosen as “Greatest Pennsylvanian”: Who is the greatest Pennsylvanian? According to an “Our Commonwealth” Poll, Founding Father Benjamin Franklin is the overwhelming favorite.

State House Sound Bites: Pension overhaul spiked as Corbett stalls
State House Sound Bites: Philly cigarette tax rejected by House GOP
PA Independent: Corbett leaves budget unsigned after lawmakers clash on spending plan
StateImpactPA: New gas well regulations slipped into budget bill
StateImpactPA: Federal court dismisses doctor’s lawsuit over Act 13 “gag rule”
PLSReporter: Caucuses urge budget’s signature as Gov. Corbett continues review
Capitolwire: Vehicle bill for pension double dip savings split breaks down.
Capitolwire: The Fiscal Code bill – everything … including the kitchen sink.

WHYY Newsworks: Did Corbett fumble state budget politics
KYW Newsradio: Cigarette tax proposal to fund Philadelphia schools moves forward in Pa. Senate
Commonwealth Confidential: Lawmakers hunker down for post-deadline legislative session
The Inquirer: Pa. behind N.J. in tackling drug overdoses
The Inquirer: Phila. Sheriff’s Office falling down on financial reforms, audit finds
The Inquirer: Corbett won’t sign Pa. no-tax budget yet
The Inquirer: Budget stalled, Pa. lawmakers debate cigarette tax, pension changes

Pottstown Mercury: Pa. House suspends debate on public pension bill
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania’s fiscal year arrives without a signed budget
Delco Daily Times: Obama to go it alone on immigration, pleasing few
Delco Daily Times: House takes up long-stalled Pennsylvania pension overhaul
Montgomery Daily News: Blue Bell attorney Mark Kearney nominated by Obama for federal judgeship
Daily Local News: Pa. police start checks on Megan’s Law compliance

Post-Gazette: Fired Monroeville manager sues municipality in federal court
Post-Gazette: Corbett’s pension proposal cosigned to House committee
Post-Gazette: State Senate signs off on charter school reform
Tribune Review: Secrecy sought for Ravenstahl hard drive
Pittsburgh Business Times: Uber, Lyft ordered to cease operations in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh metro May unemployment rate drops to 5.5%
Pittsburgh Business Times: UPMC reaches important goals in new Highmark contract
WTAE: House ethics change sparks controversy

Beaver County Times: Casey hears testimony on needs of ‘sandwich generation’
Beaver County Times: Search on for missing nuclear gauge
Beaver County Times: Proposed New Sewickley compressor station must still undergo formal input from public

The Times Leader: Report: Tech jobs harder to fill
Times-Tribune:Wilkes-Barre General nurses will go on strike Friday
Citizens Voice: Barletta: Agency eyes Hazelton building as refugee center for immigration crisis
News Item: Senate confirms Anthony J. Rosini as county judge
Pocono Record: Pocono Township resignations create giant hiccup

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News: Lawmakers plan to watch the Fourth of July fireworks at home, leaving pension issue unresolved
Harrisburg Patriot News: State government services to continue during budget showdown, Corbett admin says
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pennsylvania pension reform takes a blow as Tobash plan is steered into an ardent foe’s committee
Harrisburg Patriot News: Corbett wants General Assembly to send him ‘meaningful pension reform’ before signing the budget
Harrisburg Patriot News: As Corbett presses, pension reform hits the wall in the House: Analysis
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: It’s official: Commissioners vote 2-1 to approve convention center guarantee
York Daily Record: What York County lawmakers say about pension overhaul setback
York Daily Record: Pa. Senate approves legislation that would let York County raise its hotel tax rate
York Daily Record: Recap: Pa. budget talks from Harrisburg

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ & AP: Pennsylvania budget unsigned; Berks lawmakers react to passage in House, Senate
WFMZ: Pennsylvania law aims to deter scrap metal thefts from railroads
Express Times: Bangor councilwoman to resign, executive says after questions about near-drowning response
Express Times: Unemployment rate in Lehigh Valley falls to lowest level since 2008
Express Times: Find out what the budget sent to Gov. Corbett’s desk means for your school district
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Corbett refuses to sign budget without pension reform
Pennsylvania Ave: Dent, House Ethics colleagues mum on travel disclosure change
Reading Eagle: Reading Area Water Authority, city rolling out $150,000 hardship fund
Reading Eagle: U.S. Supreme Court hits birth-control rule

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Social service agencies bracing for budget — even without funding cuts
Centre Daily Times: Centre County leaders weigh in on state budget
Centre Daily Times: Centre County unemployment rate falls to lowest level in 6 years
Onward State: Superior Court Turns Down Appeal Of Stay in Freeh v. Spanier
Onward State: Jerry Sandusky Pursuing Final Legal Option To Overturn Conviction
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Lawmakers differ on state budget views
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Transportation plan gets committee OK

Post-Gazette: Not a prayer: Women’s rights get short shrift in Hobby Lobby case
Post-Gazette: Modern parking: Carnegie Mellon shows how technology can benefit drivers
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania has a spending problem
Delco Daily Times: Hobby Lobby ruling sets dangerous precedent
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Regulate oil trains: DOT rules fall short of what is needed
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Justices strike first blow against Affordable Care Act
Carlisle Sentinel: Our View: Taking politics out of education
Harrisburg Patriot News: At Hershey Med, we do what the state doesn’t – ban discrimination based on gender ID and sexual orientation: Harjit Singh
Harrisburg Patriot News: Here’s why pension reform is vital to Pennsylvania: William C. Rhodes
Morning Call: Lehigh County charter change would make things worse
Centre Daily Times: Their View | Give teachers the freedom to choose
Williamsport Sun Gazette: No state budget yet: Pay attention to the reasons why

Citizens’ Call: Hard Work Behind the Scenes Makes for an Annual Spectacular July 4 in Glenside
Keystone Politics: #PABudget: House Pension Bill Looking Pretty Dead
Keystone Politics: Corbett Says He Supports the Cigarette Tax, But Is Holding Philly Schools Hostage Anyway

4 Responses

  1. Larry: Acting Governor Brabender’s team did make some do re me from the Highmark-Healthcare wars which have resulted in a very poor outcome for the average voter in Western PA. Shouldn’t voters know how much the Dark Prince made on the Healthcare ad wars that led to this rigged PATIENTS FIRST deal? It was more than Christiana’s golf outing for sure. But there is a bigger issue here: Shouldn’t Acting Governor John Brabender of Brabender Cox take full responsibility for the failed Corbett Administration?

  2. Acting Governor Brabender stole my breakfast cereal and gave it to UPMC. I’m one mad taxpayer without breakfast cereal. When will someone report how Acting Governor Brabender keeps trying to steal my lucky charms?

  3. Looks like the pinnacle of Gromis-Baker’s term of Chief of Staff of the failed Corbett/Acting Governor Brabender Administration, the rigged UPMC Patients First deal, designed to help Jeff Romoff achieve a monopoly in Healthcare in Western PA, has not helped the Corbett Brabender numbers. When will someone in the big boy press expose the conflicts in the Corbett/Brabender team that ultimately led to the sell-out of the public interest in Western PA healthcare.

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