Pennsylvania Perspective for Thursday, June 9, 2022

June 9, 2022

Pennsylvania

Opposition to I-83 Bridge Tolling Urges Wolf Administration to Find Another Way to Fund Transportation Projects

A group of legislators, business leaders, and residents are urging the Wolf Administration to find an alternative way to fund the maintenance of nine bridges along the I-83 instead of levying a use fee for each bridge. Read more from PennLive.

Controversy Over Martin ’s Potato Rolls and Mastriano Goes National

Some celebrity chefs across the country are calling for a boycott of Franklin County-based Martin ’s Pastries, makers of rolls used in Shake Shack ’s hamburgers, after the owners of the brand donated $110,000 to Doug Mastriano ’s gubernatorial campaign last year. PennLive has more.

Potential Amendment to End State Liquor Involvement Advances Out of Committee

A proposed constitutional amendment by State Rep. Natalie Mihalek (R-Allegheny) moved out of the House Liquor Control Committee along party lines. The amendment, which must pass both chambers of the legislature twice before being put to voters, would require the state to disband all state-run Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores in 18 months. Read more from PennLive.

House Legislators Coalesce Around Proposals to Spend Billions in Stimulus Money

Democratic and Republican legislators appear to be rallying behind a set of proposals to spend some of the remaining federal stimulus money, including programs which would tackle delayed maintenance of state parks, clean up the Susquehanna River, and create grants for homeowners and landlords. Spotlight PA has more.

Philadelphia

Biden to Visit Philadelphia Tuesday for AFL-CIO Conference

President Joe Biden is set to visit Philadelphia next Tuesday and speak at the national AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention. The Inquirer has more.

Despite $184 Million in Anti-Violence Spending, Some Councilmembers Ask if More Can Be Done

Some members of City Council, among them Kendra Brooks, Cindy Bass, Helen Gym, and Isaiah Thomas, are pushing the Kenney Administration and City for more anti-violence programming and funding, suggesting a lack of urgency in existing programs and funds. Read more from the Inquirer.

Boenning & Scattergood is Restructuring

Boenning & Scattergood, the West Conshohocken-based investment bank and brokerage, is in talks to restructure or sell off parts of the firm, potentially indicating an end to one of Philadelphia ’s last investment banks. The Inquirer has more.

Pittsburgh

State Rep. Dowling May Face DUI Charges After Car Crash

State Representative Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette, Somerset) was involved in a car crash Saturday and may face DUI charges. Dowling was previously involved in a crash last fall. The Tribune-Review has more.

Federal

Fetterman and Oz Face Different Challenges As They Start Their General Election Campaigns

For Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman, the early weeks of his general election campaign will almost certainly revolve around his health, after suffering a stroke days before the primary and potentially being off the campaign trail until July. Oz, similarly, will have to contend with questions about his connections to Pennsylvania while competing for key swing voters. Election veterans agree that this Senate race will likely be the most expensive in state history. Read more from PennLive.

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