7/3 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6We provide a budget update, Wolf holds a massive lead over Corbett in the latest F&M poll and a fight breaks out in PA-8 over lobbying. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Budget Update: All Options on the Table, No End in Sight: Governor Corbett held a press conference today in which he emphasized that he is still reviewing the budget.

PA-Gov: F&M Poll: Wolf 47%, Corbett 25%: Democratic candidate for Governor Tom Wolf held onto his lead through June. PA residents continue to evaluate incumbent Tom Corbett poorly.

F&M Poll: 34% Approve of Obama’s Presidential Performance: The most recent Franklin and Marshall poll reports that 34% of PA voters approve of Obama’s job as President.

F&M Poll: Most Approve of Medical Marijuana: A recent poll found that a majority of Pennsylvanians approve the legal use of medical marijuana. Also, over a third of our state’s citizens favor balancing the state budget by cutting spending and raising taxes.

PA-8: Strouse Calls on Fitzpatrick to Sign Lobbying Pledge: The Democratic nominee held a press conference today, calling on his opponent Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick to sign his pledge to never become a lobbyist.

Harper Poll Finds Common Ground on Food Preferences: The 2014 “Our Commonwealth” poll revealed that most PA citizens strongly agree upon certain food preferences.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Pension bill put off until fall as Corbett reviews budget
PA Independent: House ends pension debate by sending bill back to committee
PA Independent: Budget and pension reform aside, PA has plenty of other unfinished business
StateImpactPA: Governor’s office denies involvement with health department drilling policies
StateImpactPA: Pa. confirms drilling “buzzword” list; says it’s meant to guide, not silence employees
PLSReporter: Pension reform to be held until fall, while Philadelphia cigarette tax revived
Capitolwire: Turzai’s last stand on liquor?

Philadelphia
Commonwealth Confidential: Wolf holds 22-point lead over Corbett in gov race
WHYY Newsworks: 105,000 Philly residents miss out on tax break by failing to apply
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. confirms drilling “buzzword” list; says it’s meant to guide, not silence employees
AP: Wolf says he’s suspicious of Pa. budget numbers
The Inquirer: Corbett: All options ‘on the table’ in budget battle
The Inquirer: Pa. ups school funds, but district officials are down
Philly.com: School official caught with gun at PHL retires

SEPA
Daily Local News: Dinniman blasts state budget as ‘a true disappointment’
Daily Local News: House GOP deals setback to Philly tax bill
Daily Local News: Cocaine indictments in largest drug prosecution in country
AP: After setback, Corbett attacks pension bill’s foes
Pottstown Mercury: Fracking study finds new gas wells leak more

Pittsburgh
WTAE: Gov. Corbett signs ‘Rocco’s Law’
Pittsburgh Business Times: Uber to continue operations in Pittsburgh despite cease-and-desist
Tribune Review: Kane, District Attorneys Association duke it out over Sandusky report
Tribune Review: Indicted former cyber school chief seeks more time to sift through government’s evidence
Tribune Review: Peduto lashes out over court order to shut down ride shares, then switches gears
Post-Gazette: Report: Bad checks cost city more than $380,000 over five years

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Aliquippa to stick with county staff to secure federal grant money
Beaver County Times: Pennsylvania police fail to fingerprint thousands of suspected criminals; Beaver County among the best in state
Observer-Reporter: Corbett expected at Canonsburg parade
AP: Pittsburgh wants tailgaters to stop trashing city

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Barletta opposed refugee center
Standard Speaker: West Hazelton opts for help after Act 47
Times-Tribune: Consultant: City should impose commuter tax
Times-Tribune: Plans to close Scranton mail processing back on
Times-Tribune: Republicans shut Scranton out of redevelopment program
Citizens Voice: County judicial services reports drop in revenue
Citizens Voice: Unemployment down, but again for wrong reasons
Citizens Voice: Summer lunch program necessary, but underused, Casey says

South Central
York Daily Record: Gov. Tom Corbett: All options remain on the table for the budget
York Daily Record: Tom Wolf maintains double-digit lead over Tom Corbett, poll shows
York Daily Record: York County commissioners approve $20,000 of Marcellus Shale money for North Hopewell Township
York Dispatch: State funds fall short in some York County districts
AP: House OKs Philly cigarette tax, which helps York tourism
Harrisburg Patriot News: Fiscal Code – the Pa. budget’s owner’s manual – passes with $5 million piece of Harrisburg Strong puzzle
Harrisburg Patriot News: ‘Revenge porn’ bill gets final passage in Pa. House
Harrisburg Patriot News: House Republican leaders to Corbett: Sign the budget
Harrisburg Patriot News: House GOP leaders deal Corbett a blow by not taking up pension reform before summer break
Roxbury News: Pa Budget Update – Wednesday July 2, 2014.
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Supreme Court’s Conestoga Wood, Hobby Lobby ruling applies to all contraception
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Lawsuit: GOP county commissioner Scott Martin played politics in firing planning staffer
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Former Lancaster mayor: Kirk should not be GOP chairman
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: State funding increases do little to help cash-strapped Columbia schools

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: AG Kathleen Kane and state police disagree over new Sandusky review allegations
Morning Call: Lou Barletta sees immigration as a border issue
Morning Call: State program that could benefit Allentown neighborhoods survives budget cuts
Pennsylvania Ave: Budget Season Tweets in PA Capitol
Reading Eagle: Corbett has little to lose in holding out for pension reform
Reading Eagle: Wolf’s lead big, bad news for Corbett
Reading Eagle: Democrat eyes state Senate seat in 24th
Express Times: Upper Nazareth Township supervisor apologizes after meeting public didn’t know about
Express Times: Easton planners give thumbs-up to South Side public housing plan
WFMZ: Poll: Tom Wolf still leads Tom Corbett by 22-point margin in race for Pennsylvania governor

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: City heroin summit planned for Sept. 15
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Parents of slain prison guard join lawmakers to support legislation
Williamsport Sun Gazette: City planning agency recommends 2 projects
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Commissioners to address proposed zoning amendments
Erie Times-News: Help for veterans offered at state rep’s offices
Erie Times-News: House suspends debate on public pension bill
Centre Daily Times: Environmental agency seeks management plan clarifications

Opinion
Centre Daily Times: Their View: Due process was lacking by NCAA and Penn State
Centre Daily Times: Our View: Deal with pensions, Harrisburg
Erie Times-News: E.J. Dionne: Why political center doesn’t dominate
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Kane’s ill-advised response
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Hazy start for legalized pot
Harrisburg Patriot News: New budget sticks taxpayers with a bill they’ll have to pay next year: Editorial
Harrisburg Patriot News: Tom Corbett’s no-good, very-bad week – the lonely quacking of a lame duck?: John L. Micek
Carlisle Sentinel: Our View: Don’t forget our county’s drug fight
Delco Daily Times: Statistics vary, but gun violence doesn’t
Daily Local News: Some fracking impact fee projects are looking a lot like the old WAMS
Tribune Review: The PUC, Lyft & Uber: The real ‘threat’
Post-Gazette: The GOP wins via a base with intense interest in elections
Observer-Reporter: A foolish mistake by the high court
York Daily Record: Hobby Lobby ruling picks winners, losers (editorial)
York Dispatch: EDITORIAL: Charter law reform more important than ever
Express Times: OPINION: Steel museum should hold off on spending until Pa. Attorney General’s Office weighs in

Blogs
Media Trackers: Talking PA Pension Reform, Union Money With David Madeira
Keystone Politics: #PABudget: Why Aren’t We Talking About a Statewide Cigarette Tax Increase?
Keystone Politics: F&M Poll: Wolf Up By 22, Corbett Still Searching For the Bottom
Keystone Progress: Pennsylvania Can’t Afford To Miss The Opportunity To Expand Health Care Access
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: NorCo Dems Assail GOP Cuts to Education

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