7/22 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Corbett has immigration concerns, a look at the foreign trips PA lawmakers take and the Tribune-Review talks to Paul Ryan. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Corbett Reluctant to Allow Immigrant Children into Pennsylvania: The Governor weighed in on the debate over what to do about the Central American children who have crossed the border into the United States.

PA Lawmakers Take More Free Trips, Defend Legality: In the wake of the House Ethics Committee’s elimination of some requirements in lawmakers’ privately-funded travel disclosure, representatives steadily increase their free travel.

Paul Ryan Discusses Poverty, Immigration with Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Salena Zito sat down with Paul Ryan to hear his thoughts on poverty and immigration reform.

Statewide
StateImpact PA: Corbett agrees to hold off on new gas leases on state lands pending lawsuit
PLS Reporter: Eric Fillman, Deputy Chief Counsel for Ethics for the House Democratic Caucus
PLS Reporter: Eliminating reports could save legislative study committee nearly $500,000
Capitolwire: Real challenges of pension crisis are to find needed revenues, eliminate taxpayer risk
Capitolwire: The partisan argument over best way to help school districts manage rising pension costs

Philadelphia
PhillyClout: An annotated read of today’s news about pensions and politics
PhillyClout: Tea party threatens agency that helps small businesses
The Inquirer: Fiscal board approves Phila. 5-year plan
The Inquirer: Republicans must overcome schism among Harrisburg power brokers
The Inquirer: Eastern president criticized over letter to Obama
The Inquirer: Kenyatta Johnson acknowledges his group got more than “hundreds of dollars”
WHYY NewsWorks: Health experts contest Corbett comments about Central American kids, health risk
WHYY NewsWorks: Another probe of Philly lawmakers accused of accepting cash, gifts may be under way
WHYY NewsWorks: Corbett not expecting legal action from Pa. lawmakers over spending cuts
WHYY NewsWorks: Philly ethics board considers tightening PAC loophole

SEPA
AP: Pennsylvania sees 3rd rating downgrade in 2 years
Bucks County Courier Times: Middletown EIT revenue ahead of estimate
Delco Daily Times: Congressional incumbents dwarf challengers in fundraising
Daily Local NewsL Hogan appointed to board of state DA program

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: Corbett upbeat on Beaver County cracker plant
Pittsburgh Business Times: Peduto to meet with Kickstarter CEO
Pittsburgh Business Times: Moody’s downgrades Pennsylvania’s bond rating
Tribune Review: Corbett’s chances at holding Pa. governor job tied to GOP nest egg
Tribune Review: Bond service Moody’s downgrades state’s rating
Post-Gazette: Planners see potential in a revamped Mellon Square
KDKA: Bishop Zubik Defends Holy Family Institute, Fostering Immigrant Children

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: Lawmakers to examine problem of missing fingerprints
Beaver County Times: Pittsburgh Bishop endorses move by Holy Family to house children
Beaver County Times: What you should know about crude oil on trains coming through Pa.
Altoona Mirror: Rent changes upset some
Altoona Mirror: Tea Party activists push agenda
AP: Ethics agency probes lawmakers named in cash sting

NEPA
News Item: Will revenue projections hold up over fiscal year?
Citizens Voice: Casey seeks hearing on pepper spray bill
Citizens Voice: Budget supports create uncertainty
The Times Leader: Disgraced ‘Kids for Cash’ attorney Robert Powell facing civil suit in federal court
The Times Leader: Yuknavich trial rescheduled pending grand jury findings
The Times Leader: Another veteran Luzerne County manager leaving
Times-Tribune: Scranton commuter tax would be additional earned-income tax
Standard Speaker: County plans complicate downtown building’s future
Standard Speaker: State sheriffs reach goal with Act 114

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Homeowner tax break likely for 2015 in Lower Macungie
Morning Call: Northampton County officials cracking down on lies and forgery in court
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania’s standing in study on kids improves 1 spot
WFMZ: Enrollment dips in Bangor
Express Times: Oxford Township committeeman resigns amid harassment allegations

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Incidents rise, but costs decrease for Cumberland County coroner’s office
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa. taxpayers will feel pinch on credit downgrade, state leaders point fingers
Harrisburg Patriot News: Unaccompanied immigrant children would attend local schools, but don’t qualify for deportation amnesty
Harrisburg Patriot News: Corbett, Wolf: ‘Rope-a-Dope’ and other games of the 2014 campaign summer
York Daily Record: Pennsylvania sees 3rd rating downgrade in 2 years
York Dispatch: Rep. Mike Regan to host medical pot forum in Fairview Twp.
York Dispatch: U.S. Rep, Scott Perry nominated for brigadier general post
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon School Board deal could allow armed security officers

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Water woes vex Philipsburg
Onward State: Penn State Career Services Ranked #2 In America

Opinions
Philadelphia City Paper: Terry Gillen’s confusing stance on development
Philly Now: PA GOP-Democratic Party fights continue online with ‘inbred, ignorant rednecks” tweet
Tribune Review: The federal budget: Here we go again
Post-Gazette: What’s going on? UPMC-Highmark deal leaves public confused
Times-Tribune: Solutions don’t reach table
Times-Tribune: DRBC gas pains
Standard Speaker: Gas law still shuts out citizens, docs
Carlisle Sentinel: Our View: Higher speed limit comes with risk
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa. needs to fix the way it pays for its public schools: As I See It

Blogs
Keystone State Education Coalition: Gov. Corbett considering special session on pension reform, plans to speak with House and Senate leaders
Keystone Politics: Four state lawmakers want to squash Philadelphia’s pop-up beer gardens
Commonwealth Foundation: Politics on the public dime
2 Political Junkies: Climate denier Governor to meet with climate scientists
2 Political Junkies: In case you missed it, McCullough Trial Delayed. AGAIN

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