June 18th Playbook

Harrisburg schools lose local control for three years, while Sen. Pat Toomey voices his support for the state GOP backed private schools bill. Here is the Playbook.

HD85: Rowe Awarded GOP Nomination: The vice chair of the East Buffalo Township board of supervisors and local businessman touted his support for being pro-life, supporting the second amendment, and lowering taxes.

Wallace: Honoring Workers on Father’s Day: The Bucks County Democrat believes it is time to raise the minimum wage.

Politically Uncorrected: A Debate Marathon: Who will win the 2020 presidential election seems endlessly debatable.

Harrisburg & DC  
Patriot News: Judge’s order makes it official: Harrisburg schools lose local control for 3 years
Patriot News: Harrisburg schools’ new leader preaches message of transparency, collaboration at first meeting since appointment
Patriot News: Harrisburg school district changes stance, accepts state takeover
Patriot News: Lawmakers ask for help to curb gun violence in Philadelphia after a weekend of 19 shootings, 5 deaths
Patriot News: Anti-abortion protester lobbies lawmakers to support resolution to censure Pa. Rep. Brian Sims
AP: Toomey wades into fight over $100M private schools bill
AP: Lawmakers raise alarm after wave of Philly shootings
AP: The Latest: Health authorities threaten US Steel shutdown
AP: Officials: US Steel coke plant fire may mean pollution
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: U.S. House Dems, with serious Pa. backing, prep a vote on $15 an hour minimum wage bill
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Judge moves to put Harrisburg City School District under state control
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Despite immigration concerns, bill that expands use of federal work status checks passes House
PLSReporter: Activists rally statewide for minimum wage increase
PLSReporter: House pumps the brake on JRI2 bills despite unanimous Senate support
PLSReporter: Insurance questions surround e-scooter legalization debate
PLSReporter: Sec. Miller highlights need for a minimum wage increase
PLSReporter: A Big League Chew of their own
WHYY Newsworks: In Pennsylvania, ‘deaths of despair’ are 50% higher than the national average
Inquirer: Trustbusters, whose forebears broke up AT&T, weigh crusade vs. Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google
Inquirer: Citizenship question on the 2020 Census? As Supreme Court decision looms, Census Bureau tests it out
Inquirer: Pennsylvania breweries might dodge sales tax bullet set to take effect on July 1
StateImpactPA: US Steel’s Clairton plant pollution controls knocked out again by another fire

Philadelphia   
KYW Newsradio: Philly looks to relieve traffic jam by increasing fines for certain parking violations
KYW Newsradio: State task force confiscates illegal guns, $667K worth of drugs in Philly
Inquirer: Philly’s top cop wonders if gunmen are emboldened by perception of ‘no consequences’
Inquirer: Philly officials appeal court ruling, seek to stop VisionQuest from moving migrant children into Logan shelter
WHYY Newsworks: Midwives hope Philly’s first free-standing birth center will make inclusive care more accessible
Philadelphia Magazine: A Street-by-Street Look at City Council’s Bike-Lane Bonanza
Billy Penn: Property company gives Philly homeless free apartments for a year
Philadelphia Business Journal: With unanimous vote, food workers serving Phila. International Airport plan to strike
PhillyVoice: CNN docuseries shines light on lead poisoning, pollution in Philly and Chester
PhillyVoice: Is Trump administration looking to deflate ‘Scabby the Rat’ protest balloons?

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Wolf still pushing plan to slap fee on towns that rely on state police
Delco Daily Times: Ravenscliff residents say no to small cell transmitters
Daily Local News: Shusterman won’t draw paycheck until state budget passes
Daily Local News: Sappey’s trauma-informed education bill advances

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: 12 contenders vie to represent District 8 on Allegheny County Council
Pittsburgh Business Times: Hundreds sign letter to Gov. Wolf asking for investigation into shale gas drilling, cancer connection
Post-Gazette: Industry criticizes ‘ridiculous’ request to halt shale gas drilling
Post-Gazette: U.S. Steel notifies health department about overnight fire at Clairton Coke Works
Post-Gazette: Complaint: UPMC uses nonprofit dollars to build for-profit subsidiaries

SWPA
Observer-Reporter: Another fire breaks out at Clairton Coke Works; health department warns ‘sensitive populations’
Beaver County Times: State Rep. Jim Marshall’s infant choking bill to be amended to avoid teaching Heimlich procedure for use on babies
Beaver County Times: More than $750K in grants awarded to several Beaver County programs
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Transition to ban cellphones from top floors of Cambria County Courthouse going smoothly

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Ex-Lackawanna official granted prison furlough
Citizens Voice: George to hire about dozen new firefighters by end of June
Times-Tribune: Flourishing warehousing/distribution industries in Lackawanna County bring health, traffic concerns
Times-Tribune: Courthouse visitors will be required to lock up cell phones

South Central  
Carlisle Sentinel: Hampden Township reverses position in HUD funding controversy
Patriot News: Judge’s order makes it official: Harrisburg schools lose local control for 3 years
Patriot News: Harrisburg schools’ new leader preaches message of transparency, collaboration at first meeting since appointment
Patriot News: Harrisburg school district changes stance, accepts state takeover
LNP | LancasterOnline: LNP to bring newspaper print production back to Lancaster County with state-of-the-art press

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: Reading council takes look at Act 47 exit plan
Express Times: Drag queen story time for kids coming to the Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Lehigh County Authority eases commissioners’ concerns on 43-year extension

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council to hear from financial consultant
Erie Times-News: Roll Call: How local legislators voted on key issues last week

Opinion  
Inquirer Editorial Board: As Philadelphia stalls on supervised injection, other places take up the debate. Even Congress.
Daniel Filler: Will Pennsylvania abolish the death penalty?
John Baer: Tis the season I (sorta) feel sorry for many Philly lawmakers
John L. Micek: Lucky 13? The final budget sprint begins today | Monday Morning Coffee
J.D. Mullane: Fathers may be the best cure to mass shooting culture
Dick Polman: In defense of Joe Biden’s switcheroo on the Hyde Amendment
Katie Greeley: Summer is prime time for teen substance use. How do we prevent it?
Lauren A. Wright: The qualities that made Joe Biden an effective running mate in 2008 hurt his 2020 presidential bid

One Response

  1. Because King Scarnatti and Speaker Turzai refuse to tax fracking our treasury is missing needed funds and what little is left for education the Republican Leadership wants to give to private schools. Let’s be clear public education has made this country and commonwealth great (not great again because it never stopped being great in the first place!). Senator Toomey is just plain wrong as are the Republicans because the more we weaken public education the weaker our economy and society will be–a vibrant public education is vital to our interests as a country and commonwealth. This bill obviously benefits private schools and weakens public schools.

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