News & Brews May 12, 2023

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House GOP approps chair talks budget

Pa. House Republican Appropriations Chair Seth Grove briefed the media yesterday on Pennsylvania’s budget outlook. “First and foremost, this is not the time to spend beyond our means,” he said. “Pennsylvania state government needs to focus on saving, and not increasing our spending.” Grove also praised Gov. Shapiro for championing zero-based budgeting as a county commissioner. And Grove expressed his desire that the state do the same.

In new op-ed, Shapiro highlights budget

Gov. Josh Shapiro has an op-ed in PennLive on his “inaugural budget,” which, he writes, “makes a significant down payment on economic development and innovation with proposals that are good for business, good for workers, and good for Pennsylvania.” He notes that what’s needed “is collaborative leadership that puts aside partisan games to do what’s best for the good people of Pennsylvania….”

Sanders, AOC to rally for Philly mayoral candidate

The Inquirer reports that Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be in Philly on Sunday rallying for Philly mayoral candidate Helen Gym. Sanders and AOC have both endorsed Gym “as part of a group of national progressive lawmakers to back her campaign.”

How will progressives fare in Allegheny races?

WESA’s Chris Potter writes that next week’s elections in Allegheny County and Pittsburgh will mark a “coming of age” for progressives. But then he gives the caveat: “You’ll note that doesn’t necessarily predict a happy occasion for them on Tuesday, necessarily. As we probably all remember, comings of age can be awkward.” Still, “with every election cycle, the political structure built by progressives has gotten harder to ignore — no matter how hard their rivals sometimes try. However Tuesday goes, voters won’t be able to look past it for much longer either.”

Biden to attend granddaughter’s Penn graduation

President Joe Biden is expected to be in Pa. on Monday to attend his granddaughter’s graduation ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania. The Inquirer reports, “Biden has had close ties to the university, where he became a presidential practice professor in 2017 after he left the White House as vice president. The university also created a Washington-based center in his name focusing on diplomacy and global engagement.”

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