7/31 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Mayor Peduto rejects Wolf’s pension plan, Fattah’s wife implicated in scandal and Barletta’s dog wins competition. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-BGT: Mayor Peduto Criticizes Gov. Wolf’s Pension Plan: The Democratic Mayor of Pittsburgh voiced support for the GOP’s proposal.

PA-2: Fattah’s Wife Placed on Leave at NBC10: The news anchor was mentioned in the indictment against her husband.

Barking up the Right Tree: Rep. Barletta’s Dog Dubbed Cutest on Capitol Hill: Congressman Lou Barletta’s dog, Riley, has been voted the cutest on Capitol Hill.

Clinton Fundraising Tour Stops in Scranton: The Democratic presidential candidate returned to her father’s hometown yesterday.

Frank Keel Joins Campaign of GOP City Council Candidate: Keel is working on Al Taubenberger’s City Council campaign.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Human services request help weathering budget impasse
WITF: Franklin County can fund human services through October
WITF: Gov. Tom Wolf pushes budget plan in front of hometown crowd
WITF: Appeal by Chambersburg School district turned down
Capitolwire: Disappointing Moody’s report underscores need for PlanCon reform

Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: Independence Visitor Center Celebrates 30 Million Visitors
Philadelphia Business Journal: FEMA awards Philly fire department $22.9M
Philadelphia Business Journal: NBC10 anchor reacts to federal indictment of husband, Rep. Chaka Fattah
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. nonprofits seek state help in face of budget stalemate
Heard in the Hall: There will be no Katz-Green City Council ticket
Inquirer: Casey seeks more rail inspectors
Inquirer: Fair budget for Pa., fair contract for PFT

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown takes stand against drugs, violence
Pottstown Mercury: Drug addiction program set to debunk addiction myths
Delco Daily Times: Budget impasse withholding $7 million from county human services programs

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Noise ordinance for Pittsburgh neighborhoods headed for passage
Post-Gazette: Democratic leaders warn of consequences if Pennsylvania budget impasse isn’t resolved
Post-Gazette: Testing under scrutiny in Pennsylvania House hearing
Post-Gazette: PUC denies Yellow Cab’s requested surcharge
Tribune-Review: State Dems broke ties with political consultant days before FBI raids
Tribune-Review: Democrats to announce activist as nominee for state Senate seat covering South Hills
Pittsburgh Business Times: Business loses court challenge to NLRB’s ‘ambush elections’ rule
WESA: For Young Voters, Crushing Student Debt Is Front And Center
WESA: As Medicaid Turns 50, Reflecting On Its Impact
KDKA: Steelworkers Stage Big Protest in Downtown Pittsburgh Over ATI Contract

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: ATI says USW rejected contract without vote
Altoona Mirror: Bill could reduce local flood insurance
Beaver County Times: PA Cyber offered severance package to nonunion employees

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Former legislative candidate guilty to harassment
Wayne Independent: County unemployment rate favorable
Wayne Independent: County enters new bond agreement
News Item: Wolf nod would fill Jones’ bench; Rosini to resign early ahead of election
Citizens’ Voice: Boback proposes bill to aid rescues from hot vehicles
Times-Tribune: Politicians, doctors, law enforcement gather to find solutions to heroin epidemic
Times Leader: PSP investigating reports Trooper Tom Kelly made racial joke
Times Leader: Kingston forum on education questions validity of new standardized testing

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: DA: Troopers justified in fatal shooting in York County
Patriot-News: Harrisburg kicks off new effort to fix city parks with golf tournament fundraiser
Patriot-News: Event planned ahead of community center opening for refugees in Lancaster
Patriot-News: Range Resources, DEP haggling over planned $8.9M fine
Patriot-News: GOP candidate brings in six times more contributions than Democrat in special State House race
Patriot-News: Business leaders petition against Gov. Tom Wolf’s tax hikes
York Dispatch: York City School District credit rating downgraded
York Dispatch: Poet laureate takes aim at poor rental conditions in York City
Lancaster Intelligencer: Appeal notice filed in gun-rights group case; Reading re-ups shooting ban
Lancaster Intelligencer: HDC MidAtlantic to upgrade 136 affordable apartments in Elizabethtown, Lancaster and Parkesburg

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Emmaus mayor unhappily gives up duties
Morning Call: QNB program encourages customers to patronize local businesses
Reading Eagle: Enjoying peace of mind with Medicare
Express Times: FBI investigating death threats made against PennEast pipeline employees

North by Northwest
Campaign Erie ’15: Trump still leads GOP field, new poll shows
Erie Times-News: Erie Mayor Sinnott seeks curfew change to help curb violence
Erie Times-News: Erie’s Baxter nominated for federal court vacancy
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Rallying for the river

Opinion
Patriot News: U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah accused of corruption, the sad parade marches on: John L. Micek
Patriot-News: Hampden Township’s ‘rain tax’ is an underhanded way of increasing taxes: PennLive Letters
Patriot-News: Folmer, Legislature should look to themselves before cutting schools: PennLive letters
Inquirer: Death penalty hardly tough on crime
Daily News: In Fattah, echoes of Fumo
Post-Gazette: Gross injustice: Obama should have worked to keep Pollard jailed
Post-Gazette: Jailhouse learning: County inmates reap the benefits of e-tablets
Standard Speaker: Enough with two-party rules
Times-Tribune: Medicare, 50, effective public policy

Blogs
Keystone Crossroads: Tracking growth of new businesses in Pennsylvania
Keystone Crossroads: Pa. fights suit over stalled building code updates
Commonwealth Foundation: Which states have the biggest tax increases?
Citified: Jim Kenney was once a client of missing political consultant
Citified: In Delco, a bruiser of a special election
PA Budget and Policy Center: Happy birthday Medicare and Medicaid

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