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June 19th Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes a GOP backed $100M private and religious schools bill, while a new Roll Call article shows that Rep. Matt Cartwright has the highest party unity score for a Democrat representing a Trump won district. Here is the Playbook.

Cartwright Stays Loyal To Dems in Party Unity Score: The Lackawanna County Congressman has the highest party unity score of any Democrat representing a Trump won district, according to Roll Call.

Wolf Vetoes $100M Private, Religious Schools Bill: Gov. Wolf detailed his belief that fully funding public schools should be a top priority amid vetoing this proposed legislation.

Harrisburg & DC  
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf considering childhood cancer investigation
Inquirer: Hundreds of sexual harassment and misconduct claims filed by Pa. state employees, costing $1.9M
Inquirer: Wolf vetoes increase in tax credits for Pa. private-school scholarships
Inquirer: How probation and parole violations are filling Pennsylvania prisons, bloating budgets
Inquirer: Pa. Republicans pull the bill to greenlight 5G antennas as towns say it would undercut their zoning powers.
Inquirer: $5.3 million in Pennsylvania student debt to be cancelled as part of national lawsuit settlement
Inquirer: Clean energy market added 5,000 jobs in 2018, new report shows
AP: Governor vetoes $100M private schools bill in Pennsylvania
AP: Wolf wants power plant emission plan to fight climate change
WITF: After Senate passage, Pa. justice reinvestment bills face House skepticism
WESA: House GOP Moves To Cut Down Extra Budget Spending
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Gov. Wolf vetoes bill to expand tax credits for private, parochial school scholarships
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Anti-abortion protester harassed by Brian Sims says lawmaker deserves censure
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania has 500 school districts. What’s stopping consolidations?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: New United Way report reveals the hidden struggles of working Pennsylvanians
KYW Newsradio: Report: Clean energy jobs account for nearly 1 out of every 3 energy jobs in Pa.
PLSReporter: Got milk? Pennsylvania lawmakers show support for dairy industry
PLSReporter: Key parts of election reform package move to Senate floor; timeline still unclear
PLSReporter: House committee advances SRO bill, although concerns from Dems remain
PLSReporter: Senate Republicans push for passage of a package of bills to help combat opioid addiction
PLSReporter: Philadelphia delegation calls for “state of emergency” to stop gun violence
Patriot News: We’re illegally being forced to pay union dues, 5 Pa. corrections officers claim in federal lawsuit
Patriot News: Bill to move to open primary elections represents ‘a promising day for independent voters across Pa.’
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes major expansion of Pennsylvania’s tax credits-for-private school scholarships program
StateImpactPA: Climate focus intensifies in Harrisburg, as budget negotiations and citizen-led petition advance
StateImpactPA: US Steel avoids potential shutdown order by restoring pollution controls after fire
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling could favor doctors in defamation suit against Excela Health

WHYY Newsworks: Philly DA says it’s not his fault violence is getting worse
WHYY Newsworks: Half of Philadelphia households struggle to make ends meet
KYW Newsradio: Williams calls on Wolf to declare state of emergency over Philadelphia gun violence
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly’s Weekend Violence Has Officials Eager to Find Answers — and Place Blame
PlanPhilly: Force big developers to offer community benefits? Philly’s Council President wants to make it law
Inquirer: After weekend shootings, Philly DA Larry Krasner defends his office’s record on gun cases
Inquirer: Wells Fargo dropped from Philadelphia’s lawsuit against large investment banks
PhillyVoice: Area schools receive millions in security grants
Billy Penn: 30 Philly parks contain sonic devices that target teenagers with terrible sounds

Bucks County Courier Times: State lawmakers may cut a program that gives about $200 a month the state’s poorest
Pottstown Mercury: Phoenixville Mayor Urscheler recognized as one of ‘Nation’s 10 Outstanding Americans’  
Delco Daily Times: Dems shut out of county council-prison board meeting
Delco Daily Times: Radnor commissioner apologizes for fit of pique
Montgomery Media: Montco raises pride flag at courthouse to commemorate Stonewall Riots
Daily Local News: Women meet at chamber of commerce roundtable

WESA: County Council Candidate Faces Sharp Questioning Over Rose Death, Ethics Charges
Post-Gazette: County council selects Plum attorney Paul Zavarella as interim District 8 councilman
Post-Gazette: County Council Democrats interview 12 candidates for District 8 vacancy, ahead of Tuesday vote
Post-Gazette: City Council roundup: Babies, gators and who should serve on the Historic Review Commission
Post-Gazette: County: Inspectors verify that latest incident at Clairton Coke Works posed no public risk
Tribune Review: Clairton Coke Works fire renews residents’ concerns over air quality
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Department Joins Federal Suit Against U.S. Steel
City Paper: Pittsburgh-based StarKist criticized for advertising on controversial Fox News show
PLSReporter: U.S. Steel grapples with second fire and Allegheny Health Department joins lawsuit

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Farm bill heads to Gov. Wolf’s office
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State Senate approves Langerholc’s Bill 118  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Lawsuit continues: Attorney visits Johnstown, calls state school funding ‘inadequate, inequitable and unconstitutional’
Beaver County Times: Bill expanding property tax relief for disabled vets moves forward in state Senate
Beaver County Times: State Sen. Camera Bartolotta’s drug dealer bill unanimously passes state Senate
Beaver County Times: County to help preserve land of ill farmer
Beaver County Times: Beaver County conducting energy audit  
Observer-Reporter: Opposing sides on fracking write the governor
Post-Gazette: Environmentalist panel discusses pinning down cause of childhood cancers
KDKA: Concerns Continue In Washington County Over Number Of Pediatric Cancer Cases
Altoona Mirror: Council debates decals

The Times Leader: Luzerne County hits another snag restoring crucial assessment database
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre to interview candidates for firefighter vacancies
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Ethics Commission attorneys investigating three complaints
The Times Leader: With some help Wilkes-Barre controller finds $29K in unclaimed property for city
The Times Leader: Area Republicans celebrate as Trump launches 2020 bid
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority will collect interest payments on former train station property
Times-Tribune: State errs in saying it received Scranton School District’s recovery plan; gives another extension
Times-Tribune: Scranton city council considers legislation, including a lower monthly rate for garages
Citizens Voice: Confusion over county vehicle fee; Saidman calls for action

South Central  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster lawmakers are influential in state budget, committees
Patriot News: Lancaster County carve-out on truck stop gambling passes state Senate; bill moves to state House now
Patriot News: Bill to move to open primary elections represents ‘a promising day for independent voters across Pa.’
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes major expansion of Pennsylvania’s tax credits-for-private school scholarships program
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Requiring better smoke alarms

Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: Easton’s bond rating drops; S&P cites economic development risks
Morning Call: Bethlehem postpones vote on permits for protests indefinitely
Morning Call: Waste-to-energy plant at Lower Saucon’s IESI landfill gets zoners’ nod
Reading Eagle: Berks GOP gathers for Trump watch party
Reading Eagle: Democratic fundraiser to celebrate 19th Amendment
Express Times: UPDATE: You can protest in Bethlehem without a permit, for now

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Keller releases office sites
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Streaming,Commissioners debate live transparency in HR
Williamsport Sun Gazette: County Commissioners question high youth placement costs
Erie Times-News: Erie mayor proposes grant fund as part of LERTA plan  

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: For public health: Tom Wolf should order study of fracking and child cancer
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Nothing to laugh at: Jon Stewart’s rant prompts action on 9/11 fund
Inquirer Editorial Board: Bloody Father’s Day in Philly demands action
LNP Editorial Board: Working to halt hunger in Lancaster County  
John Baer: General Assistance issue is a test for Gov. Wolf
Jay Himes: Lawmakers, Wolf need to fix Pennsylvania’s charter school funding imbalance
John L. Micek: Pride Month 2019: More than half of transgender, non-binary youth have considered suicide, report | Tuesday Coffee
Shira Goodman: State and city lawmakers must respond to violent weekend in Philly
Tony Norman: To live above the law you must be honest
Catherine V. Mott: Increased funding for innovation is vital to economic growth
Ernest Owens: Want Philly to Stop Being Written Off as “Killadelphia”? Get Serious About Poverty.
Gene Therapy: Now accepting (serious) applications for president
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Opposition research dirt
Stu Bykofsky: Driving in Philly? Cost of bad behavior is going up
Robert I. Field: New York’s newly strengthened vaccine mandate protects all of us
Marisa Porges: In today’s 24/7, technology driven world, empathy matters more than ever | Perspective

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