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June 28th Playbook

The state Senate approves the $34 billion budget to send to Gov. Tom Wolf. Good morning politicos, here is the Playbook.

Dispute Over General Assistance Bill Causes Mayhem on Senate Floor: Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman called it the worst day in the Senate since he’s been elected.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Budget brinksmanship leaves last-minute bills in doubt
AP: Pennsylvania holds up Philadelphia hospital’s closing plan
AP: The Latest: Key school bill blocked as budget deadline looms 
AP: Highlights of Pennsylvania’s 2019-20 budget package 
AP: $90M for voting machines sent to governor’s desk 
WHYY Newsworks: Historic Pa. law to automatically seal millions of criminal charges starting Friday
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. issues ‘cease and desist’ order to Hahnemann’s owner on closure
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: How SCOTUS’ gerrymandering decision could put Pennsylvania’s own ruling in the spotlight
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: U.S. Supreme Court’s decision allowing courts to sit out partisan gerrymandering won’t stifle reform efforts, Pa. activists say
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Armed teachers in Pa.’s schools? Groups on both sides of the gun debate say Senate bill would allow it
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: How one bill could fund voting machines, change Pennsylvania’s elections, and tick off Democrats
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. lawmakers seize on Pentagon spending bill to tackle PFAS in drinking water
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ACLU lawsuit alleges State Police acted as immigration enforcement during traffic stops
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: U.S. Supreme Court’s decision allowing courts to sit out partisan gerrymandering won’t stifle reform efforts, Pa. activists say
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. state Senate votes to send $34 billion budget to Gov. Tom Wolf
WITF: Pa. Senate session devolves into shouting as GOP repeals cash assistance 
WITF: Pa. House plans funding for voting machine bill, with conditions
Patriot News: Pa. Senate sends $34 billion budget bill to Gov. Tom Wolf, but last-minute glitch delays signing
Patriot News: Pa. Legislature approves $90M for new voting machines; bill would end straight party voting
Patriot News: Pa. activists see 50th anniversary of Stonewall riots as ‘another call to action’
Inquirer: U.S. Supreme Court: Partisan gerrymandering is a political issue that federal courts can’t touch
Inquirer: ACLU lawsuit: Pa. State Troopers violated law by stopping Latinos, acting as immigration officers 
Inquirer: Pa. lawmakers approve an elections bill that would fund new voting machines, extend absentee ballot deadlines, and eliminate the straight-party voting option
Inquirer: Have an old criminal record? Today, Pennsylvania starts sealing 30 million of them automatically.
PLSReporter: Senate sends $33.9 billion spending plan to Wolf’s desk; code bills to follow
PLSReporter: Let’s get fiscal: 4 highlights from the 2019-2020 Fiscal Code bill
PLSReporter: Faith-based groups seek nondiscrimination exemption for adoptions
PLSReporter: ACLU announces lawsuit against PA State Police over discriminatory traffic stops
PLSReporter: State intervenes to temporarily save Philadelphia hospital
PLSReporter: Dems cry foul over school code, as bipartisan vote sinks last remaining piece of budget puzzle
StateImpactPA: Gas impact fee revenue rises to 7-year high, boosted by stripper wells
StateImpactPA: Philadelphia refinery explosion site remains unsafe
KDKA: New Pa. Bill Proposes To Get Rid Of Snow Days 
Beaver County Times: Sen. Casey signs letters requesting probe into contractors caring for migrant children

Philly Clout: Gritty’s gay pride parade mix-up and the FOP flies ads for a new DA  
KYW Newsradio: ‘You go through us first’: Nurses, lawmakers rally to save Hahnemann
KYW Newsradio: Immigrant advocates praise Supreme Court’s decision to block citizenship question on census
Inquirer: Pennsylvania orders Hahnemann University Hospital to ‘cease and desist’ closure until there’s a plan 
Inquirer: Philadelphia oil refinery to close: What you need to know 
Inquirer: Chief investigator of the refinery explosion gives her first impressions of a landscape of twisted steel 
Inquirer: Philly’s proposed plastic bag ban could get derailed after last-minute budget move by GOP lawmakers
Inquirer: Philadelphia delays ban on cashless stores until October
Inquirer: Police union offers $10,000 reward in vandalism of slain cop’s mural  
Philadelphia Magazine: A New Pharma Conference Is Coming to Philly This Summer
Philadelphia Business Times: Analyst: Refinery closure likely to raise gas prices over time
WHYY Newsworks: Will Philly refinery shutdown create jobs at area competitors? Unlikely, analysts say
Philadelphia Business Journal: City to provide job services for laid-off workers

Delco Daily Times: Pipeline workers protest Delco Council vote on moratorium
Delco Daily Times: Pa. Bar Association announces 2019-20 chairs for committees, sections
Delco Daily Times: Chester Water Authority sues to stop city-Aqua deal
Daily Local News: Houlahan cautious on court’s census ruling
Daily Local News: Dinniman working to save jobs at Sikorsky
Daily Local News: West Chester councilman gets taste of stardom
WHYY Newsworks: How media startups in the Philly suburbs are trying to fill the local news ‘void’
Inquirer: This neighborhood with tainted wells has been on bottled water for three years. No end is in sight.
Inquirer: Chester County’s unemployment rate is so low that some industries face a ‘labor shortage’
Montgomery Media: Towamencin board votes ahead draft update to firearms code

Post-Gazette: Shale gas impact fees raise $252 million, breaking record
Post-Gazette: Senate panel advances Phipps’ federal appeal court nomination without Democrats’ support
Post-Gazette: Judge: City overcharged Pittsburgh police for health insurance
Post-Gazette: Altoona diocese challenges ruling that could open floodgates to abuse litigation
Post-Gazette: Wilkinsburg council honors decorated World War II veteran
Post-Gazette: Bethel Park board vote to cut school taxes seen as political move
Tribune Review: PA communities in line to get share of $251.8 million in natural gas fees
Pittsburgh Business Times: Peduto budgets $500K for recycling bins
WESA: City Council Discussion About Paying Lawyers Turns Tense, Calls Campaign Finance Rules Into Question 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Launches Air Quality Dashboard To Monitor Pollution

Observer-Reporter: Washington, Greene to receive $14M in impact fees this year
Observer-Reporter: Waynesburg to receive federal money for wastewater treatment plant
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County audit shows debt reduction
Altoona Mirror: New gas rates to go into effect
Beaver County Times: Rep. Marshall’s bill expanding 50/50 raffles to college games goes to governor’s desk

The Times Leader: Mailing of school tax bills pushed back due to Luzerne County cyber attack
Times-Tribune: State Senate confirms Gaughan to vacant Pike County judgeship
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County approves payment of more prison-probe legal bills
Times-Tribune: Longtime Tunkhannock mayor stepping down
Times-Tribune: Fell Twp. challenges quarry zoning, raises environmental concerns

South Central  
Patriot News: Harrisburg School District receiver cleans house, ousts superintendent, solicitor, a dozen more jobs
Patriot News: Harrisburg School Board president criticizes mass firing: ‘This was petty and vindictive’
Patriot News: Harrisburg school taxes are going up 3% in budget approved after takeover
Patriot News: Harrisburg school superintendent’s departure ‘not a resignation,’ her attorney says
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle Borough Council notes: Framework for rental inspection ordinance coming July 30

Lehigh Valley    
Express Times: Gov. Wolf handed bill ordering demolition of Allentown State Hospital
Reading Eagle: Election officials throw out complaint against Berks County sheriff 
Reading Eagle: Reading School District taxes to stay the same 
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley Congresswoman Susan Wild to hold town hall meeting Tuesday
Morning Call: Supreme Court leaves census citizenship question in doubt, and with it fate of federal money for Lehigh Valley 
Morning Call: East Allen Township mulls over regional comprehensive plan
Morning Call: DA hopeful resigned from that office after black colleague complained he put stuffed monkey on her keyboard
Morning Call: Lehigh County commissioners extend authority’s charter 
Morning Call: After several votes, Allentown School Board finally passes budget with 1.75% tax hike and plea for charter schools to take tuition reduction
Morning Call: Allentown councilwoman, community organizers call for reform after run-in with parking enforcement officer

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Penn State student to run as Republican off write-in votes for State College Borough Council
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Commissioners approve budget clarity software

LNP Editorial Board: Budget deal approved by the state House is a mixed bag
Inquirer Editorial Board: Philly court system virus was a warning 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: More of a good thing: Riverfront trails are planned for north surburbs
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Hold Boeing accountable: The company must explain the Max 8 scandal
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Broken promises: City district should finally deliver on U Prep
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Protect those who serve: The police suicide rate has become a ‘crisis’
Susan Wild: ‘I do not want anyone else to suffer:’ Pa. Congresswoman shares story of partner’s death by suicide to spur awareness | Perspective
John L. Micek: Why the General Assistance floor fight was an inflection point in state politics | Thursday Morning Coffee
Brad Bumsted: As legislative fights go, this latest one was tame by comparison 
Rick Grimaldi: Pa. budget must protect job support for workers with disabilities 
Paul Muschick: Why aren’t all counties cooperating with ICE to deport people?
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Pennsylvania’s GOP chief DiGiorgio resigns over picturesque messages
James D. Schultz: The Disastrous Consequences of DA Larry Krasner’s “Reforms”
Stu Bykofsky: When cops misbehave, it destroys trust in the system 
Anwar Curtis: Thirty years after its release, Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’ has lessons for Harrisburg and beyond 
Bruce Ledewitz: Is there room for a middle ground in the debate over abortion rights? 
Carmina Hachenburg and Abraham Gutman: Democratic Primary Debate: Responses across the web after night one | Perspective
Brian O’Neill: Pittsburgh thrives on its walkable urban places
Jenice Armstrong: Thank you, grocer Jeff Brown, for giving Camel Prom Mom another chance
The Angry Grammarian: Migrants, refugees, asylees or aliens? How you describe people coming to America says more about you than them. 
J.B. Silvers: Health care price transparency: Fool’s gold, or real money in your pocket?
Henri David: Henri David, who really was at Stonewall, has something to say | Perspective
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Beto O’Rourke’s fantastic immigration plan
Tony Norman: For those who have eyes to see, let them see
Trudy Rubin: Jared Kushner does it backwards in Bahrain, putting economics ahead of political plans

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

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