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July 1st Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf signs the $34 billion budget, while AG Eugene DePasquale officially announces his bid for the 10th Congressional District. Here is the Playbook. 

Wolf Signs Bills To Finalize $34 Billion Budget: The budget includes increases to basic education funding, but does not increase the state’s minimum wage.

Scott Rules Out Run For PA10: The Democratic candidate in 2018 has decided to not seek the seat in 2020.

June 28th Ups & Downs: The PAGOP Chair resigns after a bombshell from the Inquirer, a Uniontown native is set to be nominated as the Secretary of Defense, and a deal was brokered between two healthcare giants in Western PA. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Harrisburg & DC  
WITF: After a week of ‘passions,’ Pennsylvania’s budget is finished
AP: The Latest: Wolf says he’ll sign Pennsylvania budget bills
AP: House wraps up state budget votes; Wolf plans bill signings
AP: Highlights of Pennsylvania’s 2019-20 budget, related bills
AP: State auditor general confirms that he’ll run for US House
AP: Pennsylvania starts automatic sealing of some criminal files
AP: Pennsylvania blocks plastic bag bans for at least a year
AP: Pennsylvania poised to take over health insurance exchange 
AP: Rights group accuses dairy farmers of animal cruelty _ again
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf signs $34 billion budget full of bipartisan wins, but missing progressive priorities
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Read all of the Capital-Star’s budget week coverage in one place
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Under Pennsylvania’s landmark Clean Slate law, 30 million criminal records are now eligible for automatic sealing
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Cash assistance for disabled Pennsylvanians will be eliminated, as Wolf says he will sign budget bill
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. budget on its way to Gov. Wolf after education bill dispute temporarily derails process
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Why a Pa. House resolution recognizing the Stonewall riots didn’t happen on the 50th anniversary
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Keeping ‘the lights on’: Pennsylvania’s libraries poised to get first state funding boost in a decade
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The DePasquale Effect? Dem George Scott says he won’t run again in #PA10 in 2020 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Northampton Co. DA candidate quit his job after black colleague said he left a stuffed monkey at her desk, report
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Nineteen Pa. counties are actively collaborating with ICE to deport immigrants in local custody, new report finds
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With impeachment still bubbling, ‘I feel a patriotic duty to hold Trump accountable,’ U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean says
Patriot News: Why Medicare’s ‘late fees’ mean a lifetime of higher costs  
Patriot News: Counties left waiting to see if state money to buy new voting machines comes through  
Patriot News: 10 key elements in the Pa. state budget package  
Patriot News: 10 items that aren’t in the Pa. budget package  
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf signs $34B budget; he touts big gains for schools, vows to fight for minimum wage hike 
Patriot News: Pa. Senate shouting match makes national news
PLSReporter: Governor Wolf signs $33.9 billion budget, ends cash assistance 
PLSReporter: Tweets of the Week – Budget Edition 
PLSReporter: Hughes & Comitta push for more commonsense gun laws in remembrance of Bianca Roberson 
PLSReporter: Two casinos roll out online sports books 
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!
StateImpactPA: Pennsylvania lawmakers seek to block any attempt at regulation of single-use plastics
StateImpactPA: Lawsuit claims Philadelphia Energy Solutions failed to give workers ample warning of layoffs
Delco Daily Times: HAVES AND HAVE NOTS: 60% of Pa. school districts headed for fiscal stress
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf signs budget containing some items Democrats oppose
Inquirer: ‘Nobody is going to go to heaven.’ Pa. budget deal divides Democrats
Inquirer: Kamala Harris was ready for her debate moment. Joe Biden wasn’t — and it could leave a lasting mark.
Morning Call: Positive vibes after budget agreement in Harrisburg 
Morning Call: What did Pennsylvania’s senators add to the annual defense bill?
Morning Call: State representative gets a hand on Pa. House floor before deployment 
WITF: Whistleblower: Lancaster General settlement with DOJ fails to address core problems
PA Post: Seven big takeaways for education in the new Pa. budget 

Inquirer: Philly controller: City’s finances continue to be sloppy 
Inquirer: Hahnemann officially closes emergency room to critically ill. Nurses’ union says the hospital lacks basic supplies.
Inquirer: The Philly refinery was in turmoil over closure rumors. And then employees’ unused vacation days disappeared.
Inquirer: Gas prices jump after refinery closure, just in time for Independence Day
Inquirer: Refinery explosion: How Philly dodged a catastrophe
Inquirer: Pictures from the first Democratic debate watch parties
Inquirer: Korean Americans in Philly: Trump’s first steps into North Korea a positive step toward diplomacy
Plan Philly: How Philly’s economy will treat refinery, hospital workers facing layoffs
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Says It Needs More Time to Ban Cashless Stores
Philadelphia Magazine: Independence National Park Is an Embarrassing Mess. Why Doesn’t Anyone Care?
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Controller: City has worst accounting controls of 10 largest U.S. cities
KYW Newsradio: City seeks court order to keep Hahnemann, emergency services open
KYW Newsradio: 2 student members on Philly’s school board wrap up their year on the job
Philadelphia Business Journal: Three Philadelphians selected to national list of law influencers
Billy Penn: Are fireworks legal in Philadelphia? This could be the year
Philly Voice: Center City traffic congestion could lead to a $58 million annual loss for the city, report says

Daily Local News: Financial benefits of pipelines debated
Daily Local News: Chesco controller moves to get $67K in OT pay back from sheriff’s department
Daily Local News: Dinniman: Pipeline, water companies in business together
Daily Local News: Dinniman announces nearly $9,000 for watershed education programs
Daily Local News: Controller: Sheriff’s deputy claimed days of improper overtime
Daily Local News: League of Women Voters of Chester County introduces new leaders
Delco Daily Times: HAVES AND HAVE NOTS: 60% of Pa. school districts headed for fiscal stress
Delco Daily Times: ‘Absolutely devastating:’ Refinery closure takes toll on workers, region  
Montgomery Media: Lansdale council hears update on 2020 census plans
Bucks County Courier Times: Talen pushes for Adelphia amid pipeline turmoil

KDKA: Agreement Between US Steel, Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reached Following Multiple Fires
KDKA: Pete Buttigieg Proposes Pittsburgh For Climate Change Summit During Democratic Debate
Pittsburgh Business Times: Port Authority Board adopts annual budgets for 2020
Pittsburgh Business Times: City partners with national, local organizations to support foreign-born entrepreneurs
Post-Gazette: In her run as an independent, Lisa Middleman faces tough challenge in DA race
Post-Gazette: Port Authority budget approved with goal of service improvement
Post-Gazette: Threat on social media leads to ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ cancellation at library 
Post-Gazette: Juneteenth celebration remembers death of Antwon Rose II
Post-Gazette: Striking a balance with bike lanes: Pittsburgh to release master plan by year’s end
StateImpactPA: US Steel, Allegheny County have a draft agreement on pollution violations
Tribune Review: Penn Hills School District gets $3.3M from state, nixes plan to raise taxes
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania grants to fund programs that educate on environmental issues

Beaver County Times: State Sens. Vogel, Bartolotta vote for state budget
Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb backing bill eliminating student loan debt of eligible disabled vets
Beaver County Times: Rep. Aaron Bernstine’s school-to-work bill passes House without his vote
Observer-Reporter: Senate confirms McDonald-Kemp as Washington County’s seventh judge
Observer-Reporter: Waynesburg to receive federal money for wastewater treatment plant
Altoona Mirror: Border bill divides Dems as Republicans celebrate
Altoona Mirror: GAEDC approves renewal of property tax program 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Local Democratic voters undecided after debates
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Bill would name Johnstown bridge for fallen soldier 

Citizens Voice: Funding for voting machines up to Wolf
Citizens Voice: Turnpike says electronic tolling working
Times-Tribune: Throop wants zip code change 
The Times Leader: Latest Luzerne County hiring list released 
The Times Leader: Wolf Administration urges citizens to practice safety when using fireworks

South Central  
York Dispatch: DePasquale, with support from DCCC, announces run against Perry
York Dispatch: State budget could be better, say York County educators
York Dispatch: Scott won’t challenge Perry, potentially clearing way for DePasquale
AP: Ex-lawmaker pleads ‘no contest’ to campaign reporting charge
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County Prison doesn’t want you back. And it’s got a plan.
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County school districts have spent millions since 2013 in payouts for employees’ unused sick, vacation and personal leave
Patriot News: Can Harrisburg’s fired school superintendent sue the district and win?  
Patriot News: Pa. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is running for Congress, and here’s why  
Patriot News: Democrat George Scott removes himself from 2020 race in Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District  
Patriot News: Police body cameras can help officers and suspects, so why don’t more departments have them?  

Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: State representative gets a hand on Pa. House floor before deployment 
Morning Call: At Allentown rally, calls for upping minimum wage, improving housing 
Reading Eagle: WEEU sale to Twilight Broadcasting is official 
Reading Eagle: Auditor general to investigate I-LEAD Charter School in Reading
Express Times: Lehigh Valley lawmaker, also a Chinook pilot, is redeploying to Afghanistan

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Rep. Kelly seeks neighborhood tax credit to help Erie, other communities 
Erie Times-News: Roll Call: How local legislators voted on key issues last week 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: 2 bills would help districts reduce costs 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County received $10.5 million from gas tax 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Local senator votes in favor of state budget 

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Education giveaways: Sanders, Warren plans are full of holes
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Upholding our values: U.S. should urge allies to respect international law
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Try this, Mr. Mayor: Activist investing is better than dumping stocks 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Protect those who serve: The police suicide rate has become a ‘crisis’
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Nothing to celebrate: Party balloons are fouling the Great Lakes
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Broken promises: City district should finally deliver on U Prep
Inquirer Editorial Board: Philadelphia is strong enough to overcome the closures of Hahnemann and the refinery. It has to be. 
Inquirer Editorial Board: The good, the bad, and the ugly from City Council’s last session, as members enjoy summer break 
Mike Folmer: What I learned from election reform 
Kadida Kenner: How a GOP bill getting rid of straight-ticket voting will silence minority voters 
Mark S. Singel: Remembering the ‘radicals’ who led the fight to give us the freedoms we celebrate on July 4 
John L. Micek: The Top 5 Tweets that sum up our very weird #PaBudget Week | Friday Morning Coffee
Tim Hartman: So the thing about straight ticket voting is … | Editorial Cartoon
Will Bunch: In the first Democratic debates, Kamala Harris turned Joe Biden — and 2020 race — upside down 
Christine Flowers: Detained children should be released, not used as political pawns 
Ruth Ann Dailey: ‘She’s not my type’
Craig Saylor: Healthcare debate over government vs. private control
Nicole Smith Dahmen and Paul Slovic: Oscar Ramirez and his daughter Valeria: How much power does that powerful image have?
Jeannette Giammattei Tepper: For 2020 candidates, child poverty should count 
Abraham Gutman: What to expect when your city is expecting a supervised injection site: Lessons from around the globe | Perspective
Maria Panaritis: A Conshohocken financial exec and his wife help ex-prisoners find jobs. This is true Christianity. 
Keith C. Burris: They didn’t fit the mold
Trudy Rubin: The Trump-Putin show at G-20 undermines liberal democracy 
David M. Shribman: The U.S. and Canada commemorate their beginnings
Carmina Hachenburg: Democratic primary debate night 2: Responses from across the web | Perspective
Tony Norman: For those who have eyes to see, let them see
John Rennie Short: The Supremes made the call on gerrymandering. The fix is up to the voters

One Response

  1. I thought I’d seen it all but the latest maneuver by Senate Republicans to not allow straight party voting is beyond belief. What is wrong with someone voting the party line??? Forcing voters to vote for 18 R’s or D’s instead of voting straight R or D is obviously a denial of an individual to vote their conscience. If the Gov signs this bill he may as well switch his party allegiance to Republican because denying straight party voting does not benefit the common person.

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