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February 6th Playbook

Gov. Wolf lays out his budget proposal that includes progressive initiatives, while calling for no new taxes. Here is the Playbook.

PA Gov: Wolf Budget Address Calls For No New Taxes, While Pushing Progressive Agenda: Gov. Wolf channeled parts of his inaugural address by discussing the work his administration accomplished in the first four years, and sharing optimism for the next four.

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Schools, farms and voting machines in Wolf’s budget sights
AP: The Latest: Wolf floats 2 new college benefits in budget
AP: Highlights of Gov. Tom Wolf’s state budget proposal
AP: New Jersey, Pennsylvania oppose online gambling shift
AP: Ex-Penn State assistant coach Sandusky gets new sentencing
AP: State police adopt policy on dealing with foreign nationals
WHYY Newsworks: Gov. Wolf calls for salary boost for many rural teachers in new budget
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf unveils budget: More money for public schools and a higher minimum wage
Inquirer: State of the Union 2019: Takeaways from President Trump’s speech
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Gov. Tom Wolf wants a higher minimum wage and more money for teachers — with no new taxes
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Democrats are happy with Wolf’s budget proposal — but want to go further   
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Republican leaders praise Wolf’s proposed workforce initiatives, bristle at spending increases
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Here’s how Pa’s congressional delegation responded to President Trump’s #SOTU speech
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Pennsylvania must do better:’ Advocacy community splits on Wolf’s budget plan
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Five takeaways from Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 budget
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania budget season starts today. Here’s what you need to know
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Can doctors and rising suicide rates convince Pa. lawmakers to act on guns?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: This powerful Capitol committee has a new chair. He’s not Daryl Metcalfe 2.0
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: It’s our birthday! It’s your budget day! | Tuesday Morning Coffee
PLSReporter: In budget address, Wolf lays out plan to bolster education and workforce development—with no new taxes
PLSReporter: Lawmakers appear optimistic after Wolf’s opening budget salvo
KYW Newsradio: Drexel professor weighs in on State of the Union address, Democratic response
WESA: Gov. Wolf Proposes Tax-Free Budget Heavy On Workforce Reinvestment
StateImpactPA: Lawmakers seek support for nuclear bailout bill
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget: Quick takeaways
Patriot News: Pa. budget winner: Wolf’s commitment to education shines through in his 2019-20 budget  
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf’s 2019-20 budget plan: Winners and losers
Patriot News: Raising minimum teacher pay to $45,000; Is it an idea whose time has come?
Patriot News: Tom Wolf the pragmatist: Governor kicks off second term with a budget that forsakes bold policy strokes for doing things better
Morning Call: On bipartisanship, border security, drug costs: what did Pennsylvania’s lawmakers think of President Trump’s State of the Union address?
Morning Call: Pennsylvania lawmakers set expectations ahead of President Trump’s State of the Union address

WHYY Newsworks: After his first year, Philly DA Larry Krasner earns praise from reformers, scorn from victim advocates
WHYY Newsworks: Provident Mutual building redevelopment to move forward with Blackwell’s support
KYW Newsradio: Council committee approves bill that requires all Philly businesses to take cash
KYW Newsradio: Philly City Council members get Narcan training
Philadelphia Magazine: CNN Declines to Renew Michael Nutter’s Punditry Contract
PLSReporter: Committee advances cashless business ban
Inquirer: For leader John Dougherty, union-paid generosity began at home
Inquirer: Penn president Amy Gutmann helped prepare report on restoring faith in the media

Daily Local News: Lawrence appointed to House Appropriations Committee
Daily Local News: Gun Sense Chester County has a new name
Pottstown Mercury: Sen. Killion introduces legislation aimed to help save lives
KYW Newsradio: Former Mainline commissioner pleads guilty to charges involving child sexual abuse images
Philadelphia Magazine: We’ve Found the Ultimate State of the Union Watch Party for Trump Fans
Inquirer: Bucks County socialite and GOP fund-raiser Claire Risoldi found guilty of insurance fraud
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County’s property tax reassessment process continues
Delco Daily Times: Wallingford-Swarthmore eyes 3.2 percent tax hike

KDKA: 2 Pittsburgh Men Honored By President Trump For Their Roles Against Anti-Semitism At State Of The Union Address
KDKA: Tree Of Life Synagogue Shooting/Holocaust Survivor To Attend State Of The Union Address
KDKA: Local Politicians Weigh In On Upcoming State Of The Union Address  
KDKA: Plum District Distances Itself From Board Member For Anti-Muslim Facebook Post
WESA: Lawmakers, POTUS Invite Pennsylvanians To State Of The Union Address
City Paper: Debate over unionized graduate students comes to Pitt
Post-Gazette: Obituary: Gerald John “Jerry” Voros / Former Ketchum president, campaign manager for Onorato, Murphy
Post-Gazette: Penn Hills school board president alleges pay-to-play in grand jury report response   
Tribune Review: Irwin postpones amusement tax   
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County could borrow $44M for voting machines, parks, Manor, other projects   
Tribune Review: Yakopec out as Lower Burrell solicitor   
Tribune Review: Tarentum has 5 candidates for empty council seat   
Tribune Review: Oakmont has a new interim manager, search for more permanent hire continues

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Governor to hold press conference about blight in Johnstown on Wednesday
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Casey wants focus on infrastructure; GOP officials share Trump’s visions
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Data: Cambria overdose deaths dropped in 2018
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Former Greater Johnstown board president confronts community member  
Beaver County Times: Local GOP lawmakers find common ground, some concerns in Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget
Beaver County Times: State of the County breakfast details successes, clashes
Beaver County Times: First step taken for potential bailout of nuclear plants
Beaver County Times: Medical marijuana dispensary to open in Aliquippa in June
Observer-Reporter: New program supports parents struggling with addiction in Greene County
Altoona Mirror: Joyce named ranking member of subcommittee  
Altoona Mirror: Protest over deer culling canceled

The Times Leader: Area districts would see nearly $13M more under Wolf budget
The Times Leader: Local legislators like no taxes, more education funding from Wolf
The Times Leader: WB Mayor George starts re-election bid with $30K on hand
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre city council discusses stop signs, unused alley  
The Times Leader: Pedri defends raises for county employees
Times-Tribune: Northeast Pennsylvania congressional leaders bring guests to State of the Union  
Times-Tribune: Scranton School District gets $10.5M boost in proposed state budget
Times-Tribune: Fritz again named deputy whip in state legislature  
Times-Tribune: Blake to hold meetings on property tax and rent rebate program  
Times-Tribune: Greenfield officials remove embattled supervisor from township roles
Citizens Voice: W-B council to vote Thursday on possible recycling fee hike   
Citizens Voice: W-B Area gets $3.3M increase in state budget proposal

South Central   
Patriot News: Pa. budget winner: City of Harrisburg would get money for fire protection
Patriot News: Here’s what towns would pay for state police under Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal: Use the database
York Daily Record: Updates: Who’s planning to run for judge, other elected offices in York County in 2019
York Daily Record: Grand jury to be impaneled in York County; DA not authorized to say why
York Dispatch: York County Republicans: Wolf’s budget proposal an improvement, but concerns remain
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County lawmakers see hope for workforce issues, concerns for others in Gov. Wolf’s 2019-20 budget plan

Lehigh Valley   
Morning Call: What Lehigh Valley school districts would get under Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget
Morning Call: David Saltzer to run for Bethlehem City Council
Reading Eagle: Casey, Toomey, Dean react to President Trump’s State of the Union
Reading Eagle: Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz appointment gives Reading City Council a female majority
Reading Eagle: Reading councilwoman wonders who authorized demolition of Penn Street buildings
Reading Eagle: Rebecca Acosta begins federal prison sentence in Connecticut
Reading Eagle: Reading leaders planning for city’s future
Express Times: 2 incumbents running again for Palmer Township supervisor

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Committee advances Bizzarro’s homebuyer savings account bill
Erie Times-News: County Council pledges money for World War I plaque
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lawmakers from region address budget  
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Homeowners to benefit from county’s new flood plain survey  
Centre Daily Times: Centre County to spend $1.2 million to buy new voting machines
Centre Daily Times: State College Mayor Don Hahn to run for open district judge seat

Inquirer Editorial Board: It’s Groundhog Day for Governor Wolf & his budget proposal
Inquirer Editorial Board: Pa. legislators shouldn’t wait for the next shootings to pass sensible gun laws
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Closing the back door: U.S. is taking on Huawei at the right time
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: John Boehner’s war: Focus should be on Americans in the middle
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: AT&T’s alleged ageism: Employers must toe the line when furloughing
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Student idea gets an ‘A’: McKeesport district adds stu­dent solu­tion cen­ter
David Gambacorta: After Johnny Doc indictment, it’s time to bury the kingmaker myth
John Baer: Tom Wolf’s Wonderful World
Anthony Hardy Williams: Philly’s fight over charter schools is over
Jason Dawkins: Philadelphia House Delegation unites to raise communities out of poverty
Rick Bloomingdale: Wolf, lawmakers can’t miss this chance to help Pennsylvania workers
Gene Barr: Looking to improve Pa’s business climate, Gov. Wolf? Here’s a suggestion or two
Ernest Owens: Mayor Kenney, Where Is the Call for Bobby Henon to Step Down?
Anwar Curtis: Pa. voters spoke: On Budget Day, it’s time for Wolf, lawmakers to turn those words into action
John L. Micek: No, John Fetterman isn’t wearing a tie. And you need to stop talking about that
Karen Baker: Wolf, lawmakers have to step up this budget season to help survivors of sexual abuse
Dan Grossman and Davitt Woodwell: Climate action has to be the major benchmark for environmental progress in Pa.
Chris Ferguson and Patrick Markey: New bill targeting video games won’t reduce violence
Matthew Kobialka and Garden Wellington Logan: The only way to save St. Laurentius is to develop it
Tony Norman: Virginia to Gov. Ralph Northam: “Beat It!”
Dan Simpson: Foreign-policy follies keep unfolding
Will Bunch: At State of the Union, Trump downplays planned conciliation, bashes migrants amid groans

One Response

  1. The budget talks were interesting. Good mo.ves with education. Yet, the indebtedness of students is soaring. Student loan debt is impacting new borrowers and affecting home purchases, starting families and participating in economics of society such as car purchases. Minimum wage issue and how the student borrowing burden can be lessened are emerging as considerable issues to ponder as time moves forward.

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