9/9 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Biden marches in Pittsburgh’s Labor Day parade, the GOP prepares a stopgap budget and McGinty picks up a boatload of endorsements in Allegheny County. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Biden Marches In Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade: As Vice President contemplates a presidential campaign, he does a trial run in the Steel City.

PA-BGT: Republicans Ready to Pass Temporary Plan: GOP legislators will look to restore funding to service providers if the impasse continues.

PA-Sen: McGinty Picks Up Huge Support from Pittsburgh: Over 60 Pittsburgh-area officials threw their support behind McGinty over the Labor Day weekend.

ESPN Report Sheds New Light on Specter’s Investigation of NFL: A revealing new piece shows the efforts the late Pennsylvania Senator underwent to expose wrongdoing.

PA-9: Shuster to Face Primary Challenger: 2014 candidate Art Halvorson is launching another effort to unseat the incumbent Republican.

Reader Poll: Will We Have a Budget By the End of the Year?: We ask our readers whether they believe we’ll see a budget signed in 2015.

Reader Poll: Sanders is the Leader Right Now: As we enter the post-Labor Day season, the plurality of our readers favor Bernie Sanders.

Wecht Endorsed by FOP: The Fraternal Order of Police backs the Democratic Supreme Court nominee.

Statewide
StateImpact: DEP delays deep injection well decisions
PLSReporter: Quiet Capitol preludes busy session weeks to come
Capitolwire: No Child Left Behind waiver draws rebuke from Republicans
Capitolwire: No budget, No problem – every state employee remains on the job, getting paid

Philadelphia
Philly.com: Philly Dems spent record $28M in primary for record low turnout
Philly.com: Clinton says private email was a mistake, says she’s sorry (AP)
Inquirer: Unions banking hopes on races for high court
CapitolInq: Rep. Chaka Fattah backs Iran deal
WHYYNewsworks: Waiver means no ratings for many Pa. schools this year

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Watson resigns as Lower Pottsgrove Commissioner
Pottstown Mercury: Special report: No end in sight for Chester County open space program
Pottstown Mercury: Home health aide admits to stealing from elderly client
Delco Daily Times: Contempt hearing for AG Kathleen Kane’s driver continued
Daily Local News: No budget, no pay: Chesco legislatures won’t cash checks while budget stalls

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: Balance billing to get public hearing Oct. 1
Pittsburgh Business Times: Corporate CFOs say Donald Trump is the best presidential candidate
WESA: On The House: So You Want To Buy A Liquor License
Tribune Review: Toomey opposes Obama’s Iran nuke deal as Senate votes line up in support
Post-Gazette: State gets one-year waiver using PSSA scores to measure school performance, teacher ratings

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State budget crisis: Somerset County spends $3 million helping agencies; some borrowing to fund programs
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wozniak to federal lawmakers: Clear way for state National Guard to do flood prevention work
Altoona Mirror: Stormwater group unhappy with DEP

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Bast resigns city council post
Standard Speaker: Council president demands part-time officers
Wayne Independent: Needs Based Budget approved for CYS
News Item: Negotiations stilll in progress in teachers’ strike; board presents new proposal
Citizens’ Voice: Impact fee revenue dropping
Times-Tribune: Harry McGrath dies; former school board solicitor, Democratic chairman
Times-Tribune: School districts outsourcing substitute placements
Times Leader: Luzerne County ends one tax break, considers another

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Federal Judge removed York County DA, Tom Kerney, from wrongful death lawsuit
Patriot News: Shocked community mourns death of Mt. Gretna shop owner
York Daily Record: Wal-Mart proposal at Gettysburg Crossing withdrawn
York Daily Record: State education department announced that some schools will not receive performance profile scores this year
Roxbury News: James H. Short Jr., former Director of Marketing and Merchandising for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board charged with defraud scheme

Lehigh Valley
Capitol Ideas: Upper and Lower Macungie township officials embrace study recommending $17 million in improvements to Hamilton Boulevard
Morning Call: FedEx Ground land sale that was planned at Lehigh-Northampton Airport at risk of falling through
Morning Call: Allentown redevelopment officials succeeding in transforming the city’s Seventh Street corridor
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council appointed John Slifko as new member
Reading Eagle: New Markets Tax Credits, a federal program, supporting the remodel of a former Exide building in Reading

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Commissioners in Bellefonte approved $3.6 million grant for county drug and alcohol office
Centre Daily Times: “Penn State Call to Action: Stopping Misconduct” panel held Tuesday
Erie Times-News: Penelec service cut to some Erie customers Tuesday
Erie Times-News: Charles Buki, founder of urban planning firm CZB, to help Erie launch a multi year development plan

Opinion
Tribune Review: Reigning in bureaucrats
Post-Gazette: Lane’s service: The superintendent has strengthened the schools
Inquirer: A landmark in clean water
Inquirer: Compromise on State Stores: Sell but help employees buy
Inquirer: New direction after Cuba visit
Standard Speaker: Incentives for efficiency
Citizens’ Voice: Maintain momentum for efficiency, conservation
Times-Tribune: Don’t let big energy users ‘opt out’
Times-Tribune: Apply credit for efficiency
Times Leader: End Pennsylvania’s limbo over death penalty
Altoona Mirror: Pennsylvania should catch up on paid leave
Patriot-News: Here’s why you deserve a raise – explained in three charts
WHYYNewsworks: Like marriage, justice for homeless LGBT youth is about love and commitment

Blogs
Citified: Would Tax Reform Really Create 80,000 Jobs in Philly?
Keystone Politics: PA in Line for $626 Million in Savings from Medicaid Expansion
The Pennsylvania Progressive: The Boss Who Fought for the Working Class

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