Tuesday links

Good morning. House and Senate budget hearings begin today.

The House Appropriations Committee takes at look at the Department of Community and Economic Development’s spending plan at ten, and holds a hearing on the Department of Labor and Industry’s budget at one.

The Senate Appropriations panel begins its hearings with appearances from the Department of Revenue and the Governor’s Budget Office, with the Department of General Service and Department of State following this afternoon.

Some articles worth reading:

The Daily News’ John Baer takes a close look at Senator Anthony Williams’ gubernatorial campaign, and sheds a bit more light on the lawmaker’s mystery money.  He says the [$500,000 campaign war chest] isn’t from his Senate campaign committee (which shows about $80,000 on hand) or the top sources that traditionally fund it – trial lawyers and unions.

“It’s from people interested in school choice,” he tells me. When I note that that usually means Republicans, he says, “exactly right.” He adds, “If I can raise $4 million, I’m in. And I have a few weeks to figure it out.”

According to PoliticsPA, Greene County Commissioner Pam Snyder is claiming  House Appropriations Chair Dwight Evans is supporting her bid to unseat former top Democrat Bill DeWeese in the May primary. DeWeese fires back: “I have the highest and most enduring respect for Chairman Evans, but center city Philadelphia is 305 miles from the Greene County line. I believe irrevocably that the May 18 contest will be decided by boots on the ground in the 50th legislative district.”

The Johnstown Tribune Democrat has the details on Congressman John Murtha’s funeral, which will be broadcast live on PCN today. Coverage begins at 10:30.

About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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