7/3 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Wolf denies request for Pennsylvania voter data, Senate and House send spending plan to Wolf without revenue package, and the Ups & Downs from the week.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Wolf Denies Kobach Request for Voter Information: Governor Tom Wolf is joining a growing list of Governors refusing to give the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity highly detailed information on Pennsylvania voters.

Spending Plan Agreed To, No Revenue Package Yet: State lawmakers and Governor Tom Wolf agreed to a final spend number for the 2017-2018 budget, but do not have an agreement on how they will raise the money.

6/30 Ups & Downs: Seth Williams shocks the political world, Harrisburg looks to borrow for the budget, but only agrees to a spending plan, Humane PA gains clout, and Barletta gets a shout out. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Spending plan heads to Wolf, without an agreement on how to pay for it
State House Sound Bites: Episode 13: When is a budget not a real budget?
State House Sound Bites: Breaking down the budget: How to get out of the hole
StateImpact: In vetoing plastic bag bill, Wolf cites Environmental Rights Amendment
Capitolwire: Constitutional amendment that could provide more property tax relief close to getting on November ballot.
Capitolwire: FY2017-18 spending plan heads to Gov. Wolf without revenues to pay for it.
Capitolwire: Consensus on proposed Health, Human Services merger not yet reached.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: From an early, unexpected prison stay, Seth Williams awaits his fate
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf vetoes bill banning local government from acting on plastic bags
Inquirer: FBI digs deep in probe of Dougherty and union
Inquirer: From an early, unexpected prison stay, Seth Williams awaits his fate
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pa. Senate reveals budget spending bill, but no revenue plan in sight
BillyPenn: Tom Wolf: Pennsylvania won’t follow Trump’s demands for voter fraud panel
WHYY: Medical marijuana permits bring Pennsylvania one step closer to opening clinics
WHYY: Pa. budget goes to Wolf without deal to fund it; ‘nothing’s perfect,’ Senate leader says
WHYY: Breaking down the budget: How to get Pennsylvania out of the hole
WHYY: Pa. Senate reveals budget spending bill, but no revenue plan in sight
WHYY: What’s next for the Philly DA’s office after Williams’ fall?
Philly Voice: Sen. Pat Toomey televised town hall planned for next week
Philly Voice: Gov. Tom Wolf writes, shares rejection letter to Trump’s voter fraud commission
KYW: State Officials Turn Down Presidential Request For Voter Information
KYW: Juror Shares Reaction To Seth Williams’ Guilty Plea

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Some local lawmakers, police chiefs give thoughts on marijuana and drugged driving
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Wolf’s veto keeps towns’ rights to impose plastic bag taxes
Delco Daily Times: Regional Morning Briefing: State clears 14 locations in Philly region to dispense medical marijuana

Pittsburgh
KDKA: Lawmakers Approve State Budget On Time Without Funding Plan To Pay For It
Tribune Review: Teachers, child advocates hail tentative state budget
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania’s guns-for-teachers bill hailed, panned
Tribune Review: Subsidy elimination proposal endangers flights between Pittsburgh, rural destinations
Tribune Review: Number of school-aged kids dropping in Allegheny, Westmoreland counties
Post-Gazette: Population decline, poverty plague Westmoreland County
Post-Gazette: Lawmakers approve state budget without plan to pay for it
Post-Gazette: Counties continue to step away from nursing home business
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania to Trump voter-fraud commission: you can pay for voter data like anyone else

Southwest
Daily American: Legislature sends $32B budget package to governor without a plan to pay for it
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf: Pa. won’t help Trump voting fraud commission
Beaver County Times: School districts favor tax increases for 2017-18
Beaver County Times: Lawmakers: State budget not the best, but ‘the best we can get’
Altoona Mirror: Vote cuts pension checks for retirees

NEPA
Pocono Record: Gov. Wolf vetoes bill prohibiting local govt from regulating plastic retail bags
Pocono Record: Wolf to Trump voter-fraud commission: You can pay for voter data like anyone else
Pocono Record: Drivers who text and cause serious harm could face stiffer sentences in Pa.

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Wolf gets $32B budget package, awaits plan to pay for it
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon lawmakers react to state budget
York Daily Record: Budget bill heads to Gov. Wolf, without funding
Patriot News: State Senator Daylin Leach announces run for Congress, cites Trump as a reason
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf rebuffs Trump administration’s request for voter data
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf’s early retirement offer to state workers still being pushed
LNP: How much do members of Congress get for their allowance?
LNP: Lancaster County has Pennsylvania’s second-lowest rate of hospital super-utilizers

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Pa. won’t cooperate with Trump voter fraud commission
Morning Call: Wolf vetoes bill to outlaw local plastic-bag bans
Morning Call: Toomey, Dent dispute Trump’s sweet view of sugar deal
Morning Call: Pennsylvania budget: Here’s how much money Lehigh Valley school districts will get
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Legislature OKs $32 billion budget but no way to pay for it
Reading Eagle: Property tax hikes planned in majority of area school districts
Reading Eagle: Ron Southwick: 5 big questions for the second half of 2017
Reading Eagle: Lancaster woman seeks Democratic nomination for 16th Congressional District seat
Reading Eagle: Montgomery County state senator to seek Democratic nomination in 7th Congressional District

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Laughlin: Erie School District to get $14 million
Erie Times-News: Plan to preserve Erie County historic assets is set for a vote
Erie Times-News: Laughlin works to keep Gaming Revenue Authority
Centre Daily Times: Pa. education secretary encourages youth to pursue their passions

Opinion
Erie Times-News: Our view: New state law targets fake veterans
Bucks County Courier Times: MULLANE: Fighting the opioid crisis while fueling stoned driving crisis
LNP: At one some point, and we hope it’s soon, Pennsylvania needs to solve its school funding woes for good
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Bill to arm school employees should not become law
Inquirer: Pass the charter school bill
Inquirer: Toomey’s on wrong side
Inquirer: Will unions keep promise?
Philadelphia Magazine: The Best Thing That Happened This Week: Seth Williams’s Guilty Plea
Bucks County Courier Times: Legalization campaign ignores the damage to families
Bucks County Courier Times: Armed workers in Pa. schools?
Delco Daily Times: Darts & Laurels: It’s business as usual at budget time in Harrisburg
Delco Daily Times: Guest Column: Why Pa. still has long way to go to fix fiscal ills
Montgomery Media: GUEST COLUMN: Pennsylvania should learn from last year’s budget mistakes
Montgomery Media: EDITORIAL: Legislators: Don’t cut school funding on way out of town
The Times Leader: Their view: For sake of boaters and anglers, pass Senate Bill 30
Times-Tribune: No budget means no accountability
Pocono Record: Opinion: Protecting animals protects us
Tribune Review: No receipts required: Pernicious per diems persist
Post-Gazette: Libre’s lesson: A rescued dog galvanizes Pa.’s animal cruelty law
Patriot News: Let’s turn to economic growth to solve our budget problems: Paul Mango
Patriot News: My bill will improve access to police dash-cam footage – here’s how: Stewart J. Greenleaf

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